Capital: € 50 million
Age: 80
Born: 30.09.1934
Died: 12/21/2014
Country of origin: Austria
Source of wealth: Singer, pianist
Last updated: 2024

Short introduction

Udo Jürgens was a singer, composer and pianist. He was one of the most successful musicians in German-speaking countries and won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966 as an Austrian participant. Tours have taken him to Japan, America and Australia, among others. His greatest successes include songs such as “Merci”, “Greek Wine” and “I’ve never been to New York”. When Udo Jürgens died on December 21, 2014 in his adopted country at Lake Geneva, he had a 60-year career.

Early life

Jürgen Udo Bockelmann, artist name Udo Jürgens, was born on September 30, 1934 in Klagenfurt in Austria, where he grew up in Ottmanach Castle in a loving and well-off family association. The first signs of great musical talent became apparent when he was a child when he taught himself to play the piano. However, against the consent of his family, he sought a career as a singer and musician. He studied music at the Carinthian State Conservatory and made his first appearances in front of a small audience in a Klagenfurt dance cafe. At the beginning of his singing career, he mainly sang jazz and swing, but his own compositions were also on his program. With this he won a composer competition of the Austrian radio even at the young age of 17.


At the beginning of the 1960s he was already successful with singing and his compositions. So he composed for none other than Shirley Bassey and Frank Sinatra. In 1964 and 1965 he started as a participant in the then-named Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson (Eurovision Song Contest) and finished 6th and then 4th. In 1966 he competed again and became the first Austrian to win the Grand Prix Eurovision with his contribution “Merci, Cherie”. This victory ultimately brought him an international breakthrough. This was followed by worldwide tours that immensely increased its level of awareness. In German-speaking countries, one soon learned to appreciate him as an actor because he was involved in some television productions.

Career highlights

1951 winner at a composer competition of the Austrian radio
1964 1st participation in the Grand Prix Eurovision 6th place
1965 2nd participation in the Grand Prix Eurovision 4th place
1966 3rd participation in the Grand Prix Eurovision 1st place
1970 concert tour “Udo 70” with 510,000 visitors
1971 gold record for “Show me the place in the sun”
1978 Platinum record for “Buenos dias, Argentina” together with the German national soccer team in 1978
– 5 months number 1 in the German charts
1984 golden record for “close up”
1991/1992 concert tour “Straight ahead” with 720,000 visitors
1994/1995 concert tour “Megalomania” with 500,000 visitors
2002 gold record for “Long live the vice”
2008 Gold Record for “Simply Me”
2011 2 gold records for “The normal madness”
2014 double platinum and gold for “Mitten in Leben”

Famous quotes

-The big chance of getting older is that what people say can make a difference.

– Young people only appreciate who no longer has them.

-Music is a grace for me and I’m lucky that the audience wants to hear my stuff too. How can I, I say to myself, experience the progress of life more beautifully and consciously than with this work?

– At 20 a man has the face that nature has given him, at 35 he has the face that he gives himself, and at 60 he has the face that he deserves.

– Nowhere else do you learn as much as in your own mistakes.

Amazing facts

In 2010, Udo Jürgens had his name Jürgen Udo Bockelmann changed to his stage name Udo Jürgens Bockelmann.

He finished each additional song of his concerts in a white bathrobe.

At a private concert for which he was booked, there was no clapping, singing or dancing.

The songs “But please with cream” and “Thank you for the flowers” (and others) can be spontaneously tuned in Japan.

For a music video for the song “Traumtänzer”, his white grand piano was flown onto a glacier by helicopter. While he was singing and playing in his jacket, some men reached the summit via the climbing paths. To her amazement, a man was sitting there playing the piano.

On December 21, 2014, two weeks after his last concert in Zurich – which was recorded on television – Udo Jürgens suddenly collapsed on the banks of Lake Geneva while walking in his home town of Münsterlingen in Switzerland and died a short time later. He was 80 years old.

His urn was buried in a marble piano (designed by his brother Manfred Bockelmann) at the Vienna Central Cemetery.

A sign was attached to his grave, which adorns the following words: “You are the sheet of music that was all for me. I leave everything to you – I leave everything to you! ” – a text passage of his song “I’ll leave you all there”

It was not until 2018 that the division of the inheritance was agreed.


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