Saturday, December 20, 2008

Heino - A Festive German Christmas

Heino is the most successful German folk (Volksmusik) singer of all times. His characteristics are the blond hair, the omnipresent dark shades and the clear, baritone singing voice.

He has sold more than 30 million records in the last 30 years and has become one of the most beloved and famous persons in the German speaking part of the world (98% of all Germans know him - only surpassed by Chancellor Helmut Kohl - 99%).

This album was released in 1969 and it's an epic. Side one is one gigantic Christmas medley (nineteen songs - nineteen minutes in length, all in German!). Side two is a collection of religious Christmas songs (all in German again).

Heino - A Festive German Christmas

If you're not a big fan of Christmas carols, religious Christmas songs, but still want your Heino for Christmas, then this video is for you - all 23 minutes of it! Thanks to Anna-Lena Lodenius for finding this:

The Blonde One reportedly went on a farewell tour recently so who knows if we've seen or heard the last from him.

Glückliches Hören… (aka Happy listening...)



Thanatos said...

(98% of all Germans know him - only surpassed by Chancellor Helmut Kohl - 99%).

Aren't you forgetting David Hasselhoff...127.7% of Germans know and love him....I think we bombed them just a little too hard during the war.

CaptainOT said...

Thanatos - I didn't know there was a war...

(For those who don't know, that's a line from Mel Brooks' "The Producers")


john said...

oh my god, heino xmas!!!! i love it!!!

CaptainOT said...

John - Glad you enjoyed it!


Beppo said...

Hello! Any chance of a 2009 Christmas re-up? I'd love to get this one!

Great blog!

fiscus1 said...

I can't tell you how long it's been that I've been looking for the Heino Christmas album (his music's a guilty pleasure of mine). And, now that I've found it posted, the file is no longer available.

So, please, please, please reupload the album. Please.

fiscus1 said...

Vielen dank!