Karel Gott

Karel Gott (born 14 July 1939 Pilsen), also known as the " Golden Voice of Prague", is a Czech singer who sings in German, among other hits. He is also active as a visual artist.

Life and career

Karel Gott attended high school in Prague and played with friends in dance cafés. Actually, he wanted to be a painter, but saw no chance to create the entrance exam to the Academy of Fine Arts, and tried first with an electrician apprenticeship.

He began his career with appearances in Prague dance cafés in the year 1958. 1959 he fell in a talent competition the Czechoslovak bandleader Karel Krautgartner on, who took him on a tour and recommended him to the Prague Conservatory, where Karel Gott then spent three years studying singing. He made the first recordings in 1960 to English. In 1963 his first single, a Czech version of Henry Mancini's "Moon River". In 1967 he participated in the Midem Festival in Cannes part and completed a six-month stint in Las Vegas.

In 1968 he represented Austria at the Euro Vision Song Contest with the song written by Udo Jürgens thousand windows. He was ranked 13th in the following year he was seen in a guest appearance with two hits in the film Charley's uncle. In the period after the end of the Prague Spring, he considered for a longer stay in the West briefly emigration, but eventually returned to Czechoslovakia.

One of his most famous songs is the theme music of the animated film version of " Maya the Bee ". Most of his hits composed Karel Svoboda.

Karel Gott is referred to as " The Golden Voice of Prague ," " Sinatra of the East", " Golden Nightingale " or "messenger of good news ." He appeared in numerous television shows. Besides his own show, he also appeared in the Gilbert Becaud show, the Nashville Country Music Festival, at the Euro Party in which Rudi Carrell Show, the James Last Show or A Colourful boiler. His discography includes around 120 albums, which are joined by numerous compilations.

There are no official figures on the number of his albums sold, estimated he sold more than 30 million records. However, the number of 100 million records is considered possible. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia alone, her albums sold a total of about 15 million times, for which he was a Diamond Record was handed over by the most important Czech publishing Supraphon as yet the only performer.

Karel Gott has been honored with more than 50 diamond, platinum, golden and silver plates as the most successful artist of Supraphon, Melodiya, Polydor, Philips, PolyGram, Universal, and other publishers. In the Czech Enquete " Golden Nightingale " he was nominated 30 times for the favorite singer of the year.

He has worked with music publishers from Europe, the United States and Japan. So he published his photographs not only in all European countries from Portugal to Russia, but also in the United States, Canada and Japan. Although he also sings songs in French, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Spanish, Romani, Polish, Hungarian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak and other languages ​​, are his albums in Czech and German the most successful.

In the villa in Jevany east of Prague, Karel Gott lived from 1969 to 2005, has opened the Museum god country in 2006, which was the end of February 2009, however provisionally closed due to financial problems.

2008 took Karel Gott with the gangsta rapper Bushido the song Forever Young on, among other things, which reached number 5 in the German single charts and was awarded two gold records. 2010 God had a guest appearance as himself in Bushido's autobiographical movie times change you.

Karel Gott is married to Ivana born Macháčková. The wedding took place in Las Vegas on January 7, 2008. With her ​​he had two daughters. He has made ​​previous connections Two other daughters. God, his wife and daughters, live in a newly built white villa on a hill in Prague's Smíchov.

Political and social commitment

In the Czech Republic it be undisturbed relationship with the former communist regime in Czechoslovakia was sometimes accused. He was a signatory to the Communist Party initiated by the "Anti Charter " and therefore one of the artists who publicly spoke out against the democratic ideas of the Charter 77. In the 1980s, he sang regularly organized by the German Communist Party Celebration 1 May.