DJ Ötzi

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DJ Ötzi
DJ Oetzi.jpg
Background information
Birth name Gerhard Friedle
Also known as DJ Ötzi Junior
Born (1971-01-07) 7 January 1971 (age 43)
St. Johann, Tirol, Austria
Genres Pop, schlager, Eurodance
Occupation(s) Singer, Entertainer
Years active 1999–present
Labels EMI
Website www.universal-music.de/dj-oetzi/home

Gerhard (Gerry) Friedle (born 7 January 1971) is an Austrian entertainer and singer, better known by his stage name DJ Ötzi (pronounced [ˈdiː.dʃeɪ ˈœ.tsi]).[1] Successful mainly in German-speaking countries, he is best known in the English-speaking world for his 2001 single "Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)", a cover version of the Bruce Channel song "Hey! Baby".

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

DJ Ötzi was born Gerhard Friedle in St. Johann, Tirol, and is the son of DJ Anton Friedle.[1] Shortly after birth, his mother, age 17-years at the time, gave him up for adoption.[1] He was raised by foster parents and later by his paternal grandparents in the nearby village of Erpfendorf in Tirol.[1] At a young age he suffered from epilepsy, at age 16, his avulsion from home, landed him for a short time homelessness living on the streets.[1] His career arose gradually, first working as a student cook, then on being discovered at a karaoke competition, went on to work as an entertainer (animateur), disc jockey and singer in discothèques around Austria, as well as tourist destinations Majorca and Turkey.[1] Since childhood, he has endured several setbacks in his life, which continued in recent years with doctors diagnosing testicular cancer, that he defeated, only to be confronted in 2002, before the birth of his daughter, with a severe form of conductive hearing loss.[1][2]

Musical career[edit]

His first song, which propelled his career in 1999, titled "Anton aus Tirol", became a successful hit in the German-speaking regions. The song remained No. 1 in the Austrian Charts for 75 weeks, followed soon after by "Hey Baby" in the English-speaking regions, a cover version of Bruce Channel's 1962 song.

He released a cover version of "A Ram Sam Sam", called the "Burger Dance", which peaked No. 1 in Germany and No. 3 in Austria.

In 2006 he found success with the Volksmusik-hit "Sieben Sünden", which became a No. 2 hit in Austria and "I Am the Music Man" under the pseudonym DJ Ötzi Junior, which peaked at No. 1 in Japan.

DJ Ötzi's stage name comes from Ötzi the Iceman, the name given to the 5,300 year old frozen remains of a mummified man discovered 1991 in South Tyrol's Ötztal Alps.

He is one of the most successful Austrian musicians (having sold ~15 million copies), next to Udo Jürgens (~100 million copies), Falco (~60 million copies) and Peter Alexander.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
AUT
[3]
GER
[4]
SUI
[5]
AUS
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
DEN
[9]
2000 Das Album (Anton feat. DJ Ötzi) 1 7 5 3
2001 Love, Peace & Vollgas 2 23 23
Never Stop the Alpenpop 19 20 15
2002 Today Is the Day 3 49
2003 Flying to the Sky 72 50
Greatest Partyhits 5 92
2004 Ich war immer der Clown 49
2006 I Am the Musicman (DJ Ötzi Junior)
2007 Sternstunden 2 7 16
DJ Ötzi: The Best 2 17 3
2008 Hotel Engel 1 26 5
2010 Du und ich 7 45 30
2011 Der DJ aus den Bergen 35 34
2012 Simply the Best
(with Bellamy Brothers)
3 38 31 31
2013 Es ist Zeit 2 7 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUT
[10]
GER
[11]
SUI
[12]
UK
[13]
FRA
[14]
AUS
[15]
IRE
[16]
SWE
[17]
DEN
[18]
NED
[19]
1999 "Anton aus Tirol" (as Anton feat. DJ Ötzi) 1 1 2 2 Das Album
2000 "Gemma Bier trinken" (as Anton feat. DJ Ötzi) 12 15 37 55
"Hey Baby (Uuh, Aah)" 4 11 1 1 1 1 3 2 65 Love, Peace & Vollegas
2001 "Do Wah Diddy" 9 29 75 9 14
"Love, Peace & Vollgas" 43 82
"X-Mas Time" 7 54 51 Singles only
"Hey Baby" (unofficial World Cup remix) 10
2002 "Don't Ha Ha" (feat. Captain Jack) 15 59 Love, Peace & Vollgas
"Live Is Life (Here We Go)" (feat. Hermes House Band) 16 15 26 50 2 28 30 46 11 61 Today Is the Day
"Today Is the Day" 19 39
2003 "Ramalamadingdong" 37 Flying to the Sky
"Burger Dance" 3 1 7
2004 "Not Without Us" 10 20 97 Singles only
"Tanz den Rehakles" 43 37
"Kanguru Dance" 15 19
2005 "Servus die Wadln & La Ola Walzer" 27 40
2006 "7 Sünden" (feat. Marc Pircher) 2 30 79
"I Am the Musicman" (as DJ Ötzi Junior) 12 24 The Musicman
2007 "Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" (feat. Nik P.) 1 1 2 Sternstunden
"I Will Leb'n" 6 7 44
2008 "Noch in 100.000 Jahren" 4 10 49 Hotel Engel
2009 "Tränen" (with Kate Hall) 12 24
2010 "Fang das Licht" (with Karel Gott) 31 57 Singles only
"Ich will mit dir fliegen" 49 43 Du und Ich
2011 "Lieb ich dich" 79
"I Sing A Liad Für Dich" 27 35 Der DJ aus den Bergen
"Ring the Bell" 35 48
2012 "Du bist es" 38 36 Es ist Zeit
2013 "Wie ein Komet" 21 33
"Tirol" 27
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Das zweite Gesicht des DJ Ötzi" [The second face of DJ Ötzi]. DIE WELT, WELT am SONNTAG (in German) (Berlin: Axel Springer SE). 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ "DJ Ötzi erlitt schweren Hörsturz" [DJ Ötzi suffers severe loss of hearing]. derStandard.at (in German) (Vienna: STANDARD Medien AG). 2002-09-14. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ [1] DJ Ötzi in the Austrian albums chart
  4. ^ [2] DJ Ötzi in the German albums chart (search)
  5. ^ [3] DJ Ötzi in the Swiss albums chart
  6. ^ [4] DJ Ötzi in the Australian albums chart
  7. ^ [5] DJ Ötzi in the Norwaygian albums chart
  8. ^ [6] DJ Ötzi in the Swedish albums chart
  9. ^ [7] DJ Ötzi in the Danish albums chart
  10. ^ [8] DJ Ötzi in the Austrian singles chart
  11. ^ [9] DJ Ötzi in the German singles chart (search)
  12. ^ [10] DJ Ötzi in the Swiss singles chart
  13. ^ [11] DJ Ötzi in the British singles chart (search)
  14. ^ [12] DJ Ötzi in the French singles chart (search, incomplete)
  15. ^ [13] DJ Ötzi in the Australian singles chart
  16. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  17. ^ [14] DJ ötzi in the Swedish singles chart
  18. ^ [15] DJ Ötzi in the Danish singles chart
  19. ^ [16] DJ Ötzi in the Dutch singles chart
  20. ^ a b c d "Gold & Platin". IFPI (Austria). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (DJ Ötzi)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  22. ^ "Certified Awards Search: DJ Otzi". BPI. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  23. ^ "AWARDS 2007". IFPI (Switzerland). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

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