Monday, May 04, 2009

Bert Kaempfert-1967

We forget sometimes that the music that defined the sixties was not just the Beatles and the emergence of more "artistic" Rock. For me, the easy listening sounds of German composer/conductor/producer Bert Kaempfert offer up as much nostalgia as anything from the Fab Four. Also from 1967, here's a medley with Bert from the second day ever of (West) German color television broadcasting.


  1. That clip was way out daddio. I miss the days of the big bands.

  2. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Re: Bert Kaempfert vs. the Beatles, I'm pretty sure he actually produced the earliest Beatle commercial recordings in Germany with Tony Sheridan ("My Bonnie" and "Ain't She Sweet," etc.)

  3. Anonymous11:27 PM

    I remember the Magnavox salesmen using BK records to demonstrate the bass speakers in their consoles. Any adult party I went to with my parents featured Hi-balls, sour cream dip and Bert Kaempfert.

  4. Anonymous9:35 PM

    Great trumpeter and bass player...the classic Kaempfert sound!

  5. People forget that easy listening also played a role in the soundtrack of the 1960s. Why would Lawrence Welk be so popular on ABC during this entire decade? There was a reason for that, and Mr. Welk's orchestra had such great vocalists, such as Bob Lido, to thank for that, as well as excellent musicians.

    The same applies to Ferrante and Teicher, as well as Les Baxter and other such musicians.

    This clip is further proof that easy listening matted a LOT! Thank you for providing us with this clip!