80th birthday of Udo Jürgens celebrated by Austrian Post

October 13th, 2014

StampNews.cm is glad to inform that Austrian Post celebrates the 80th birthday of Udo Jürgens with a special commemorative stamp. The issue depicts an Austrian singer and composer himself. The stamp is to be released on the 18th of October.

Udo Jürgens (born Udo Jürgen Bockelmann) is an Austrian composer and singer of popular music whose career spans over fifty years. He has written more than 800 songs and sold over 100 million records. In 2007 he additionally obtained Swiss citizenship.

He is credited with broadening German-language pop music beyond the traditional postwar schlager in the 1960s by infusing it with a modern pop appeal; his exceptionally tuneful compositions and sophisticated arrangements attract fans of all ages, and even in his 70s he continues to fill the largest concert venues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

In 1964, he represented Austria for the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Warum nur warum?", finishing sixth. The UK participant, Matt Monro, was impressed with the melody and covered the song (with English lyrics by his manager Don Black) as "Walk Away," which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and number 23 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.