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Schlager staid the dominant music style for a long time. Even when rock ‘n’ roll artists like Elvis Presley served their military service in Germany they didn’t have any true German followers. The was a rich music scene mostly fuelled by the upcoming TV industry. Singer Caterina Valente  was very succesfull in that period and was featured on the "Colgate Comedy Hour". She scored with songs such as Malagueña and Dreh dich nicht um with the Werner Müller orchestra.

Another big star was Rex Gildo who mixed the Bavarian Volksmusik with more modern music. His first performance was with the Munich Kammerspiele theatre group in 1956, but he also quickly moved into television and film, as well as performing as a singer; most famously duetting with Danish singer Gitte Haenning as "Gitte & Rex".
Hildegard Knef was an actress but also a big chanson career on the side. She shocked the nation as Marina in Die Sünderin in which she performed the first nude scene in German filmmaking in 1950. Sarah Vaughan referred to her as the best singer with no voice because of her tendency to more speak out the lyrics then sing them.

Austrian Freddy Quinn represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland with the atypical song, So geht das jede Nacht, about an unfaithful girlfriend who dates lots of men. His other songs are mostly about the endless sea and the solitary life in faraway lands. The titles of his songs show the lightheartness of Schlager. Heimweh aka Brennend heißer Wüstensand, Dort wo die Blumen blüh'n and Schön war die Zeit to name just a few.

That rock ‘n roll didn’t have any typically German followers doesn’t mean that Germany didn’t form a good feeding ground. As said Elvis served his military service in Germany and the bars and cellars in Hamburg form the epic centre for the young beat scene that would prove crucial for European pop culture.




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