29 June 1946 |
Because her name was relatively unique, she was known primarily without a surname in Europe. She moved to Sweden in 1958. Her first hit in Swedish was "Tror du jag ljuger" from 1961. As a teenager, Gitte sang popular hits in German, English, Italian (4 songs, "Amo Johnny", "Parla", "La mela" and "Il ricordo", recorded on two singles) and Danish. She had five different Nr. 1-Hits in three countries. One in Denmark, two in Sweden and two in Germany. Her first German Nr.1-Song was "Ich will 'nen Cowboy als Mann". The recording sold 1.05 million copies by mid 1965, earning Gitte a gold disc.
In 1962 she attempted to compete for Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Jeg Snakker med mig Selv" but was disqualified because the composer Sejr Volmer-Sørensen had whistled the song in the canteen of the DR. In 1973 she competed for Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Junger Tag". Her success continued after famous duets with Rex Gildo as 'Gitte & Rex' in a number of popular films. Gitte made an attempt to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978 with the song "Rien qu'une femme" but she lost out to the group Baccara.
In the 60s she also starred in several music and drama movies and on TV in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Gitte was among the most popular Schlager (hit music) singers of the post-war era, and continued to be popular in Germany and Denmark even as American music increasingly dominated the airwaves in the 1970s. Surprisingly at the time, she recorded a jazz album with The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band in 1968. Through the ensuing decades her singles have still reached the German charts, but never with the same success she enjoyed in the 1960s. In the 80s, she changed her image and performed more adult music. She won some awards as a singer/entertainer. Her chart entries ended in the mid 80s, but since that time, she has been successful as a live performer till today. A number of compilation albums have been recently released in Germany, among them a biographical DVD, all to commemorate one of the most famous singers of the German and Danish languages.
From 2004-2006 she starred with two other Scandinavian entertainers, Wenche Myhre and Siw Malmkvist, in a huge stage and tour success. The Live-CD of their show entered the German charts. In 2010 she presented a new CD, which also had a German chart entry.
She had in 1960 her first chart entry in Sweden and her last in 2010 in Germany.
- Official website of Gitte Hænning: www.gittehaenning.info
- Video about Gitte's disqualified 1962 entry
with Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben
|Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
Cindy & Bert
with Die Sommermelodie