Rainhard Fendrich

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Rainhard Fendrich
Rainhard Fendrich during 'Austria3' live concert in Imst, Austria, on 20060630.jpg
Fendrich in concert with Austria3 in 2006.
Background information
Birth name Rainhard Jürgen Fendrich
Also known as Raini
Born (1955-02-27) 27 February 1955 (age 59)
Origin Vienna, Austria
Genres Pop, folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, actor, entertainer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Austria3
Website rainhard-fendrich.at (German)

Rainhard Jürgen Fendrich (born 27 February 1955 in Vienna) is an Austrian singer, composer, entertainer, and actor. He is one of the most successful Austropop musicians, and his songs are written in Viennese German. He is very popular in Austria, but less so in other German-speaking countries. In non-German speaking countries he is little known. His song from 1990, "I am from Austria" (its lyrics, except for the title, are in Viennese German) is still popular in Austria.

Life[edit]

Rainhard, called "Raini" by his friends, attended a Catholic boarding school. By his own admission he was a lazy pupil, and shy. He got his first guitar on his 15th birthday, and taught himself how to play it and started writing songs. He later began to study law, but soon gave up and took several jobs in order to finance his education as a professional actor and singer.

He has acted in the musicals Die Gräfin vom Naschmarkt (1980), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas, 1982), Chicago (Billy Flynn, 1998), and he played Jeff Zodiak in the musical Wake Up, which he co-wrote with Harold Faltermeyer (and which failed) in 2002 (all of those in Vienna, Austria). He has also appeared in numerous Austrian and German movies.[1]

As an entertainer, he followed Rudi Carrell in the ARD TV-show Herzblatt, was the first host of Die Millionenshow (the Austrian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and for a while had his own TV comedy show, Nix Is Fix, produced by ORF and ARD.

Fendrich received the Austrian Golden Romy award for TV entertainment.[2] In 1994, 1995 and 2000, he was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award four times before winning it in 2002. Austrian "NEWS" magazine readers voted him "Best Entertainer of the Decade" in same year.

Donauinselfest, Vienna, 2007

Besides working as a solo artist, he gathered, in 1997, the Austrian singer-guitarists (also his friends) Georg Danzer and Wolfgang Ambros for one single beneficial concert in favour of homeless people. Their success was overwhelming, and the three individualists showed up on stage as Austria3[3] from that day, until they decided to stop that project in 2006. However, at Georg Danzer's comeback concert in Vienna on 16 April 2007, they met again for a few songs, and even "thought" in public about re-uniting in 2008. This can not happen, as Danzer died of lung cancer on 21 June 2007.

The concert on Donauinselfest which Fendrich gave "instead and for Georg Danzer" who a few weeks before the event had to refuse because of his rapidly progressing disease, attracted 200.000 fans on 23 June 2007.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date Title Chart-Position
DE [5] AT [6] CH [7]
1980 Ich wollte nie einer von denen sein - 16 -
1981 Und alles is ganz anders word'n - 1 -
1982 Zwischen eins und vier - 1 -
1983 Open Air
(mit Wolfgang Ambros)
- 4 -
1983 Auf und davon - 2 -
1985 Wien bei Nacht - 1 16
1985 Kein schöner Land - 3 -
1988 Voller Mond - 12 -
1989 Von Zeit zu Zeit - 3 -
1991 Nix is fix 44 1 -
1993 Brüder 64 1 -
1997 Blond 51 1 21
2001 Männersache 30 1 62
2002 Ein Saitensprung - 6 -
2002 Wake Up Cast Album - - -
2004 aufLeben 43 1 -
2006 hier+jetzt 43 1 -

Live albums[edit]

Date Title Chart-Position
DE [5] AT [6] CH [7]
1985 Alle Zeit der Welt - 9 -
1989 Das Konzert - 5 21
1998 Schwerelos - 36 (5 Wo.) -

Best-Ofs and compilations[edit]

Date Title Chart-Position
DE [5] AT [6] CH [7]
1994 Lieder mit Gefühl 70 7 -
1995 Recycled - 2 -
2001 Raritäten
(containing rare Duets with Reinhard Mey and Marianne Mendt)
- 4 -
2005 So weit, so gut ... Die größten Hits aus 25 Jahren 83 2 -
2006 So ein Theater - Die schönsten Balladen und Liebeslieder - 51

Austria 3[edit]

  • 1998: Austria3 - Live (with Wolfgang Ambros and Georg Danzer)
  • 1998: Austria3 - Live Vol. 2 (with Wolfgang Ambros and Georg Danzer)
  • 2000: Austria3 - Die Dritte (with Wolfgang Ambros and Georg Danzer)

DVDs[edit]

  • 2002: Ein Saitensprung
  • 2004: Jetzt

Singles[edit]

Name Year Austria
Zweierbeziehung 1981 16
Strada del Sole 1981 1
Schickeria 1982 1
Razzia 1982 9
Oben ohne 1982 1
Es lebe der Sport 1982 7
Erobict, sierobict 1983 9
Ich bin ein Negerant Madam 1984 10
Weus'd a Herz hast wia a Bergwerk 1984 3
Wien bei Nacht 1985 19
Heimatlied 1986 16
Tränen trocknen schnell 1987 15
Der Wind 1988 24
Macho, Macho 1988 1
Tango Korrupti 1988 5
Von Zeit zu Zeit 1990 17
I am from Austria 1990 6
Blond 1997 1
*Little Drummer Boy, Stille Nacht 1997 16
Entsetzlich hetero 2001 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ see Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ The award was created in 1990, in honor of actress Romy Schneider A description (in German) and a complete list of winners can be found on de:Romy (Fernsehpreis)
  3. ^ The group's name is an allusion to a cheap cigarette blend, "Austria 3", produced in Austria after World War II until the end of the 1950s. The blend was illfamous for its awful taste, but Austrians in their teens at that time are likely to have had for their first cigarette an "Austria 3".
  4. ^ Fendrich would have left the money earned for this show to his ill friend.
  5. ^ a b c Musicline.de: Albums
  6. ^ a b c Austriancharts.at: Rainhard Fendrich
  7. ^ a b c Hitparade.ch: Rainhard Fendrich

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