More Bert Kaempfert on Decca, Pt. 2: Free And Easy (1970)

Hal Fein – president of Bert Kaempfert’s American music publisher, Roosevelt Music – had been the one responsible for placing Kaempfert songs with popular singers, such as “Danke Schoen” with Wayne Newton, “Spanish Eyes” with Al Martino and, most famously of all, “Strangers In The Night” with Frank Sinatra. By 1969, Fein had sold his…

More Bert Kaempfert on Decca, Pt. 5: 6 Plus 6 (1972)

It’s not unfair to say that America’s love affair with Bert Kaempfert was pretty much over by 1972. But, more to the point, “easy listening” and its musical purveyors were all passé in this country by the early seventies. Record buyers had either moved on to rock or M.O.R. (“middle of the road,” the easy-listening…

Out Now: The Bert Kaempfert Decca Collection

I’m excited to launch my all-new blog by announcing the release of The Bert Kaempfert Decca Collection, a massive 24-disc box set, featuring tons of music the German bandleader issued on the legendary Decca Records label between 1958 and 1970. Bert Kaempfert, who was only 56 when he died in 1980, became an international sensation…