Ralf Bendix, Famous German singer

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Dr. Karl-Heinz Schwab or Dr. Karl Heinz Schwab or Dr. Karlheinz Schwab or Dr. K.H. Schwab aka "Johnny Guitar" aka "Ekkehard Jung" aka "Ralf Bendix", Bayerischer Verdienstorden (Bavarian Order of Merit) (born 16 Aug 1924 in Dortmund, Germany - died 1 Sept 2014 in Stansstad-Fürigen, Switzerland). was a German Schlager singer, music producer, composer, songwriter, jurist, and TV personality.

Dr Karl-Heinz “Ralf Bendix” Schwab

Birth 16 Aug 1924
Dortmund, Stadtkreis Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 1 Sep 2014 (aged 90)
Stansstad, Nidwalden, Nidwalden, Switzerland
Burial Cremated, Specifically: Ashes held by wife Petra Schwab
   
 

["Dr. rer. pol" was his Ph.D. title in German. It is an abbreviation of 'Doctor rerum politicarum' awarded for work in for economics, business administration, sociology and related subjects.]

Dr. Karl-Heinz Schwab or Dr. Karl Heinz Schwab or Dr. Karlheinz Schwab or Dr. K.H. Schwab aka "Johnny Guitar" aka "Ekkehard Jung" aka "Ralf Bendix", Bayerischer Verdienstorden (Bavarian Order of Merit) (born 16 Aug 1924 in Dortmund, Germany - died 1 Sept 2014 in Stansstad-Fürigen, Switzerland).

He was a German Schlager singer, music producer, composer, songwriter, jurist, and TV personality.

While a soldier and as an American P.O.W., Bendix played modern music of the time in bands. First, he began studying - which he financed with performances as a guitarist in the Frankfurt Jazzkeller - as a lawyer and economist, where he was granted Dr. rer. pole. Graduated in 1952.
He was then appointed head of the Düsseldorf office of Trans World Airlines. Although he had been in the business as a pop singer for seven years, he did this job until 1962.

The artistic career began in 1955 with an appearance as a singer on a regional television show in Pittsburgh, USA. In the same year he was also discovered for the German music market at the young talent competition “Die große Chance”; his successful appearance was rewarded with a record deal with Electrola through the mediation of Paul Kuhn (1928-2013). The commitment of the music label quickly paid off, because as early as June 1956 Ralf Bendix, now his artist name, was first noted in the German hit parades with the title "Sie hieß Mary Ann" - a cover version of "Sixteen Tons" with German lyrics by Peter Moesser (1915-1989) which rose to 2nd place.
In 1957 he sang the theme song for the U-Boot film "Haie und kleine Fische".
In 1958 he took on a role alongside Fred Bertelmann (1925-2014) in the music film " Der lachende Vagabund", where he sang the hit 'Die Sonne von Andalucia'.

Furthermore, Ralf Bendix appeared under the pseudonym "Johnny Guitar" and released a total of four more singles on Electrola. Electrola also released a single with the song "Weit von Alaska", again under Ralf Bendix, which was used in the opening credits of the German theatrical version of the western movie "Land der tausend Abenteuer" )"North to Alaska").

In the following years he sang mostly German versions of Italian and American hits, and appeared in the German hit lists a total of 24 times. His most successful interpretation was the self-produced German cover version of the "Babysitter Boogie", with which he was listed at number one for five weeks after its publication in April 1961 and which earned him a gold record. The original "Baby Sittin ’Boogie" was published in the USA in January 1961 by Reese Francis Clifford III aka "Buzz Clifford" (1942-2018) and received a German text from Hans Joachim Balke aka "Joachim Relin" (1921-2010). Even the baby voices were re-recorded, little Elisabeth was the daughter of Electrola producer Hans Bertram.
With this he had constant success until 1964. In 1964, Ralf Bendix had another success in the hit parades with the hit "Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue", which became a standard.
In 1965, Ralf Bendix was on the show "Einer wird gewinnen" with Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff for many months as part of a quiz with the song "Der schwarze Koffer". The aim was to guess what the stranger in his suitcase was showing women all over Germany and how they reacted. A razor was recommended. Ultimately, it was received by a viewer in the audience. The winner of all correspondence with the correct answer received 100,000 DM.
In 1967 Ralf Bendix started again with his hit "Aber du in deinem Himmelbett". Here, too, it must be noted that it is a success in the hit parades. Ralf Bendix did not make it into the official charts. Ralf Bendix proved his serious side with the Germanization of American gospel songs and new sacred songs; his attempt to create a new fashion dance with "Tumba Tumbala" in 1972; however, it was not successful.
Other activities were more successful: From the late 1960s, Ralf Bendix made a name for himself as a producer and talent scout. One of his discoveries in 1965 was Heinz Georg Kramm "Heino" (1938-), who was also produced by Bendix.

After retiring from show business, Ralf Bendix lived in Monaco and Florida and then in Switzerland. Bendix died there on September 1, 2014 at the age of 90.

BIBLIOGRAPHY authored, co-authored and posthumous
1. "Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit: Systemat. Kommentar zu d. Vorschriften d. Zivilprozessordnung, d. Arbeitsgerichtsgesetzes, d. Staatsvertra?ge und d. ... Schiedsgerichtsverfahren" (1979)
2. "Verfassung und Zivilprozess" (1984)
3. Sachenrecht: Ein Studienbuch (Kurzlehrbu?cher fu?r das juristische Studium)" (1985)
4. "Zivilprozessrecht" (1993, 2018)
5. "Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit: Systematischer Kommentar zu den Vorschriften der Zivilprozessordnung, des Arbeitsgerichtsgesetzes, der Staatsvertra?ge und der ... Schiedsgerichtsverfahren" (2000, 2005)
6. "ABC des Springreitens: Taschenbuch für den täglichen Gebrauch" (2017)

DISCOGRAPHY
Singles
Title Catalog number Issued
Electrola
Sie hieß Mary Ann / Minne Minne Haha 8579 3/1956
Hotel zur Einsamkeit / Du hast Dich nicht einmal umgesehn 8609 9/1956
So geht das jede Nacht / Minne Minne Haha 8616 9/1956
Hey Joe / 99 Jahr’ geht meine Post jetzt nach Sing-Sing 8646 2/1957
Heute geh ich nicht nach Hause / Du bist ja so schön 8699 8/1957
Ralf Bendix Singt Rock 'n' Roll / Ich liebe ein hässliches Mädchen 8700 8/1957
Warum müssen Jahre vergeh’n? / Im Goldenen Anker zu Liverpool 8701 8/1957
Du schwarze Madonna / Toby 8729 9/1957
Wo meine Sonne scheint / Wir bauen die Straße nach Kingston-Town 8758 11/1957
Buona Sera / Wir fahr’n nach San Fernando 8770 11/1957
Nathan der Friedensrichter / Sputnik Rock 8787 1/1958
At The Hop / Küsse süßer als Wein 8794 1/1958
Bambina / Piccolina 20922 5/1958
Come Prima / O Mama mia 21014 10/1958
Die Sonne aus Andalucia / The Ways Of Love 21049 4/1959
Tschau tschau Bambina / Trinidad 21150 4/1959
Edelstein It’s Only Make Believe / Addios Muchachos 21223 6/1959
Bei mir bist du schön / Armer Gigolo 21234 7/1959
Kannst du pfeifen Johanna / Einsamer Sonntag 21277 9/1959
Kriminal-Tango / Pity-Pity Foxtrott 21309 11/1959
Mona Lisa / Glencannon Song 21387 2/1960
Wir bauen die Straße nach Kingston-Town / Sheriff Brown 21439 3/1960
La Bella / Oh, oh Rosi 21440 3/1960
Das ging nochmal gut / Venus Walzer 21609 8/1960
Weit von Alaska / Schau dich nicht um 21660 12/1960
Der rote Tango / Kannst du pfeifen Johanna? 21797 2/1961
Babysitter-Boogie / Sonne, Mond und Sterne 21804* 3/1961
My Ol’ Time Banjo / Ich muß dich wiederseh’n 21971* 10/1961
Spanische Hochzeit / Das Neueste aus Paris 22007* 1/1962
Striptease-Susi / Mama, hol’ den Hammer 22019* 12/1961
Venus Walzer / Warum müssen die Jahre vergeh’n 22035 4/1962
Die große Nummer wird gemacht / Wenn die Zicke-Zacke-Zuckerpuppen tanzen geh’n 22194* 5/1962
Auf Glühendem Pflaster / Liebe Fängt Mit Träumen 22195 7/1962
Babysitter Twist / Wo ist denn das Kätzchen 22300 10/1962
Schön wird die Welt / Kokusnuß und Ananas 22411 5/1963
Der große Treck nach Idaho / Meine Braut ist bei der Feuerwehr 22478 7/1963
Madame Goulou / Didy-Song (& Gisela Jonas) 22517 9/1963
Die Straße des Lebens / Der Teufel 22537 9/1963
Weil du ja zu mir sagst / Der Weg der Barmherzigkeit 22538 9/1963
Mohikana / Die Geschichte vom Sunnyboy 22598 11/1963
Schaffe, schaffe Häusle baue / Hoppe, hoppe Reiter 22700 5/1964
Unser Papa hat kein Geld / Senor Ping-Pong 22782 10/1964
Heimatland / Überall dasselbe Lied 22865 2/1965
Zwei Zigaretten / Die Liebe ist ein Wildwestfilm 22957 6/1965
Der schwarze Koffer / Sag mir deine Sorgen 23081 11/1965
Suchst du die Liebe oder nur Amore / Mexikanische Trompeten 23111 12/1965
Bombending / Darling, du mußt nicht traurig sein 23224 10/1966
Ich hör’ die Trommel rufen / Menschen wie du 23398 1966
Aber du in deinem Himmelbett / Menschen wie du 23486 9/1967
Columbia
Mamatschi / Weihnachtszeit – Kinderzeit 23646 12/1967
Blau wie das Meer / Schön war der Abend mit dir 23729 3/1968
Zeinerling / Uschi-Wuschi 28733 1970
Weiter oben / Du sollst mich nicht belügen 28779 1970
Tumba Tumbala / Vergiß nicht zu lächeln 29989 1972
100 bunte Bänder / Schenk Deiner Frau doch hin und wieder rote Rosen 30459 1973
Glücklich ist, wer vergißt / Hollidi-Hollido 30546 1974
Unser Lehrer ist Verliebt / Nostalgie 31306 1975
Maria Helen / Tom Dooley 31482 1976
Heut ist Marie ein Star / Big Bad John 32590 1977
Mein Freund Meier, mein Freund Lehmann und auch ich / Das ist bestimmt geflunkert 32956 1978
Ich schaff' die Kohlen schon an / Wir lassen das Licht an 45630 1979
Gott sei Dank ist sie schlank / Solang’ bei uns ’ne Knospe sprießt 1469947 1984

* Columbia
LPs
Title Label Issued
Vinyl
Auf Wiedersehn Capitol 10197 1958
Ralf Bendix – Singt Evergreens MFP 5149 1965
Besonders wertvoll Columbia 28002 1969
Vergiß nicht zu lächeln Electrola 1973
Western Party EMI 1974
Ralf Bendix – Singt Rock And Roll Bear Family 15078 1981
CD
Durch die Jahre Bear Family 15795 2000
Die goldenen Zeiten ZYX 12008 2010
Babysitter-Boogie - 50 große Erfolge Music Tales 2012
Große Erfolge & Evergreens Electrola 30410 2014
Babysitter Boogie LaserLight 2014

FILMOGRAPHY
1. Kontrovers (TV Series) Self - Host 1973 - Zerreißprobe für die Allianz? (1973) ... Self - Host
2. Blickpunkt (TV Series documentary) Self - Co-Host 1963


Submitted: January 20, 2021

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88 fingers

Never heard of him til I read your article and went on you tube. Babysitter Boogie is a toe tapper.

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