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Bill Ramsey (singer)

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Name  Bill Ramsey

Role  Singer
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Albums  Seine grosen Erfolge, Unvergessene Erfolge
Movies  The Swissmakers, Homesick for St. Pauli
Similar People  Paul Kuhn, Gus Backus, Peter Alexander, Chris Howland, Caterina Valente

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Bill Ramsey (William McCreery Ramsey, born April 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a German-American jazz and pop singer, journalist and actor famous for his German-language hits.


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William McGreery Ramsey, called Bill, was the son of a teacher and an advertising manager for Procter & Gamble . In his youth, he sang in a college dance band. He began to study sociology and business from 1949 to 1951 at Yale university in New Haven and sang jazz, Swing and Blues in the evenings. His greatest influences were Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Louis Jordan. Due to the Korean War, compulsory military service was again introduced in the USA and Bill Ramsey served with the U.S. Air Force in Germany. During this time period, he appeared in clubs like Jazz Cellar in Frankfurt/Main and was discovered by an employee of AFN and hired to entertain troops. There Ramsey advanced to executive producer and had, although still in service, more time for appearances at festivals. As of 1953, he appeared with, among others, Ernst Mosch, Paul Kuhn, Kurt Edelhagen and James Last. The jazz pianist and music producer Heinz Gietz organized an appearance with Hessischer Rundfunk for Bill Ramsey in 1955. There he did Playback – recordings for the musical film love, dance and 1000 hits with Peter Alexander and Caterina Valente. Upon his discharge from the military he continued his studies in America and returned to Frankfurt in 1957.

Producer Heinz Gietz took Ramsey under contract in 1958 and in the same year his first single with Polydor was released. It was a small but respectable success and launched the style, with which ”the man with the black voice” would land hits in the future. The music was oriented on the hits of that period Anglo American pop music. Among Ramsey’s hits published in the 1950s and 1960s were German-language cover versions of Hank Ballard, The Beatles, Fats Domino, Ivory Joe Hunter, Roger Miller, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, Andy Williams, Sheb Wooley and others. In addition, numerous originals, which were composed almost exclusively by Heinz Gietz. The ironical texts of Kurt Feltz or Hans Bradtke often commented current events. Ramsey and Gietz signed to Columbia label EMI Group in 1962, where they would continue their success. Amid the 1960s as Beatmusik changed the market, Bill Ramsey was a regular in the German Charts. His popularity provided numerous appearances in film and television, where he was seen as a singer and in comedy roles. In the second half of the 1960s Ramsey took up predominantly English-language songs and dedicated himself again to jazz and blues. In this musically varied decade he presented Operette, Musical and Beat songs as well as a LP with Children’s songs. Ramsey changed to Heinz Gietz’ record company Cornet in 1966, and later in the same year to Polydor. He appeared on different labels in the 1970s.

Ramsey had innumerable television appearances, played in 28 films and toured through Europe, the USA, and North Africa. He presented the television shows Hits for Schlappohren (1971) and Talent Shed (1974 to 1980), among others. He was a lecturer for many years at Hamburg University for Music and Performing Arts. Ramsey appears regularly as pop and jazz singer, mostly in duet with the guitarist Juraj Galan, with whom it released several albums. The duo's LP Live in the House of Commons won the German record critics prize. Bill Ramsey is a commentator every Friday on Radio HR2’s Swingtime. In 2008 and 2009 he was on tour with Max Greger and Hugo Strasser as Swing legends. Ramsey lived occasionally in Zurich, later in Wiesbaden and since 1991 with his fourth wife Petra in Hamburg. He became a German citizen on October 17, 1984. His wife is a doctor, and works as his manager.


  • Go Man Go / Hier könn' Matrosen vor Anker geh'n / Souvenirs / Mach keinen Heck-Meck (1959; Polydor)
  • Pigalle / Missouri Cowboy / Bist du einsam heut' Nacht / Immer zieht es mich zu ihr (with Peter Alexander) (1961; Polydor)
  • Viktoria und ihr Husar (with Sonja Knittel, Sari Barabas, Conny Froboess, Jacqueline Boyer, Willy Hagara, Heinz Hoppe, Harry Friedauer, Rex Gildo, Paul Kuhn and the Botho-Lucas-Chor) (ca. 1964; Electrola)
  • My Fair Lady / Kiss Me, Kate (mit Rex Gildo, Gitte, Willy Hagara, Ralf Bendix, Paul Kuhn and the Botho-Lucas-Chor) (1964; Electrola)
  • LPs

  • Blume von Hawaii / Viktoria und ihr Husar (with Peter Alexander, Rita Bartos, Margot Eskens, Franz Fehringer, Willy Hofmann, Margrit Imlau, Bibi Johns, Sándor Kónya, Willy Schneider and Herta Talmar) (ca. 1961; Polydor)
  • Evergreens aus dem Schlagerkeller (with Ralf Bendix, Chris Howland and Dany Mann) (1962; Electrola)
  • Die Blume von Hawaii / Viktoria und ihr Husar (with Sonja Knittel, Sari Barabas, Conny Froboess, Jacqueline Boyer, Willy Hagara, Heinz Hoppe, Harry Friedauer, Rex Gildo, Paul Kuhn and the Botho-Lucas-Chor) (ca. 1964; Electrola)
  • Bill Ramsey’s Schlagerparty (1964; Electrola)
  • Sing ein Lied mit Onkel Bill (Kinderparty bei Bill Ramsey) (with Conny Froboess, Paul Kuhn, Ralf Paulsen and the Westfälische Nachtigallen) (1965; Electrola)
  • Bill Ramsey singt Lieder seiner Heimat – Songs from Home (1965; Electrola)
  • Ballads & Blues (with Paul Kuhn) (1965; Electrola)
  • Got A New Direction (& The Jay Five) (1966; Cornet)
  • Sei mein Freund (1972; Columbia)
  • Songs – Brot für die Welt (with Inge Brandenburg und Ingfried Hoffmann) (1974; Schwann)
  • Hard Travelling (with Don Paulin) (1975; Warner Bros.)
  • Die andere Seite – Dedicated to Nat King Cole (ca. 1977; Polydor)
  • On the Spot (with Dieter Reith, Matts Björklund, Jimmy Patrick, Dave King and Keith Forsey) (ca. 1977; Polydor [?])
  • Rückfall (1990; Papagayo)
  • CDs

  • Caldonia and more... (Bear Family Records), including recordings from 1957, 1966 and 1980
  • Souvenirs (1992; Bear Family Records), including recordings from 1958 to 1961
  • Ohne Krimi geht die Mimi nie ins Bett (1994; Bear Family Records), including recordings from 1962 to 1965
  • Ballads And Blues / Songs From Home (Bear Family Records), including recordings from 1965
  • The Other Side – A Dedication to Nat King Cole (Bear Family Records), including recordings from 1975 to 1977
  • On the Spot (Bear Family Records), including recordings from 1977
  • When I See You (mit Toots Thielemans) (Bell Records), including recordings from 1979 to 1980
  • Underneath the Apple Tree (mit Juraj Galan) (Tyrostar), including recordings from 1983 to 1984
  • Rückfall (1990; Papagayo)
  • Getting’ Back To Swing (& The SDR Big Band, conducted by Dieter Reith) (1994; Bear Family Records)
  • Hamburg, keine ist wie du (1999; Bear Family Records)
  • Ballads, Streets & Blues (with Peter Weniger and the Achim-Kück-Trio) (2001; Mons Records)
  • Big Band Boogie (with the Thilo Wolf Big Band) (2002; Mons Records)
  • Send In The Clowns (with Jean-Louis Rassinfosse) (2005; Swingland Records)
  • Here's To Life - Here's To Joe (with the hr-Bigband, conducted by Jörg Achim Keller) (2006; HR-Musik)
  • Films (Selection)

  • 1955: Musik im Blut (Kurt Widmann Story)
  • 1955: Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager
  • 1959: Kein Mann zum Heiraten
  • 1961: Heute gehn wir bummeln
  • 1961: Junge Leute brauchen Liebe
  • 1961: Unsere tollen Tanten
  • 1961: Am Sonntag will mein Süßer mit mir segeln gehn
  • 1961: Adieu, Lebewohl, Goodbye
  • 1961: Zu jung um blond zu sein
  • 1961: Schlagerparade 1961
  • 1961: Die Abenteuer des Grafen Bobby
  • 1962: Ohne Krimi geht die Mimi nie ins Bett
  • 1962: Voyage to Danger
  • 1962: Das süße Leben des Grafen Bobby
  • 1962: Café Oriental
  • 1963: Unsere tollen Tanten in der Südsee
  • 1963: Homesick for St. Pauli
  • 1963: Maskenball bei Scotland Yard – Die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Erfindung
  • 1964: Liebesgrüße aus Tirol
  • 1964: Old Shatterhand
  • 1971: Hurra, bei uns geht's rund
  • 1978: Die Schweizermacher
  • 1993: Der Onkel aus Amerika (TV series Almenrausch und Pulverschnee)
  • 1997: Tatort: Ausgespielt (TV)
  • References

    Bill Ramsey (singer) Wikipedia