|Estimated value:||€50 million|
|Country of origin:||Austria|
|Source of Wealth:||singer, pianist|
Udo Jürgens was a singer, composer and pianist. He was one of the most successful musicians in the German-speaking world and won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966 as an Austrian participant. Tours have taken him to Japan, America and Australia, among others. His greatest successes include songs like “Merci”, “Greek Wine” and “I’ve Never Been to New York”. When Udo Jürgens died on December 21, 2014 in his Swiss adopted home on Lake Geneva, a 60-year career lay behind him.
Jürgen Udo Bockelmann, stage name Udo Jürgens, was born on September 30, 1934 in Klagenfurt, Austria, where he grew up in a loving and well-to-do family at Ottmanach Castle. The first signs of great musical talent became apparent as early as childhood, when he taught himself to play the piano. Against the consent of his family, however, he aspired to a career as a singer and musician. He studied music at the Carinthian State Conservatory and made his first appearances in front of a small audience in a Klagenfurt dance café. At the beginning of his singing career he mainly sang jazz and swing, but his own compositions were also part of his programme. With this he won a composers’ competition of the Austrian Radio at the young age of 17.
At the beginning of the 1960s he was already enjoying success with his singing and his compositions. So he composed for none other than Shirley Bassey and Frank Sinatra. In 1964 and 1965 he started as a participant in what was then called the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson (Eurovision Song Contest) and took 6th and then 4th place. In 1966 he competed again and became the first Austrian to win the Grand Prix Eurovision with his contribution “Merci, Cherie”. This victory finally brought him his international breakthrough. Worldwide tours followed, which increased his popularity immensely. In German-speaking countries, people soon learned to appreciate him as an actor, since he took part in a number of television productions.
1951 Winner of a composers’ competition organized by the Austrian Radio
1964 1st participation in the Grand Prix Eurovision 6th place
1965 2nd participation in the Grand Prix Eurovision 4th place
1966 3rd participation in the Grand Prix Eurovision 1st place
1970 concert tour “Udo 70” with 510,000 visitors
1971 Gold Record for “Show Me Your Place in the Sun”
1978 Platinum record for “Buenos dias, Argentina” together with the German national soccer team in 1978
– 5 months number 1 in the German charts
1984 Gold Record for “Hautnah”
1991/1992 concert tour “Geradeaus” with 720,000 visitors
1994/1995 concert tour “Grandom” with 500,000 visitors
2002 Gold Record for “Long Live Vice”
2008 Gold Disc for “Einfach Ich”
2011 2 gold discs for “The normal madness”
2014 double platinum and gold for “In the Middle of Life”
-The big chance of getting older is that you don’t give a damn about what people say.
-Young people only appreciate those who no longer have them.
– Making music is a grace for me and I’m lucky that the audience wants to hear my stuff too. How can one, I say to myself, experience the progression of life more beautifully and consciously than with this work?
-At 20 a man has the face nature gave him, at 35 he has the face he gives himself, and at 60 he has the face he deserves.
-One never learns as much as from one’s own mistakes.
In 2010, Udo Jürgens changed his name Jürgen Udo Bockelmann to his stage name Udo Jürgens Bockelmann.
He ended every additional song of his concerts in a white bathrobe.
At a private concert for which he was booked, there was no clapping, singing or dancing.
The songs “But please with cream” and “Thank you for the flowers” (and others) can be spontaneously intoned in Japan.
For a music video for the song “Traumtänzer” his white wing was flown onto a glacier by helicopter. While he sang and played in his jacket, a few men arrived at the summit via the climbing paths. To her amazement, a man was sitting there playing the piano.
On December 21, 2014, two weeks after his last concert in Zurich – which was recorded by television – Udo Jürgens suddenly collapsed on the shore of Lake Geneva while walking in his home town of Munsterlingen in Switzerland and died a short time later. He was 80 years old.
His urn was buried in a marble piano (designed by his brother Manfred Bockelmann) at the Vienna Central Cemetery.
A plaque was attached to his grave which reads: “You are the sheet music that was everything to me. I’ll leave you everything – I’ll leave you everything!” – a text passage of his song “I leave you everything there”
It was not until 2018 that an agreement was reached on the distribution of the inheritance.
|Estimated value:||€50 million|