Roberto Blanco

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For the Argentine actor, see Roberto Blanco (actor).
Roberto Blanco

Roberto Blanco (legal name: Roberto Zerquera Blanco), was born 7 June 1937 in Tunis, Tunisia. Of Afro-Cuban origin, Blanco is a German-speaking Schlager singer and actor.

Early life[edit]

Blanco is the son of Cuban folklorist and artist Alfonso Zerquera and his wife Mercedes Blanco. He grew up in Beirut and Madrid. When Roberto was two, his mother died. After finishing school he began to study medicine in Madrid, but quit after two semesters.

Career[edit]

In 1957, Blanco played a role in the movie, Der Stern von Afrika (The Star of Africa). His singing career began with Josephine Baker. In the 1960s, he became a hit star in his own right and appeared in various films – among them Johannes Mario Simmel penned Alle Menschen werden Brüder (All People Become Brothers) and the Erich Kästner adaptation Drei Männer im Schnee (Three Men In the Snow). In 1969, Blanco won the German "Schlager-Festspiele" with his song Heute so, morgen so (Today Like This, Tomorrow Like This). Following that, Blanco recorded a number of hit albums. His music career peaked in 1972 with Ein bisschen Spass muss sein (A Little Fun Is Mandatory) and Der Puppenspieler von Mexiko (The Puppeteer of Mexico).[1] Since then he has appeared on numerous music and variety TV shows, most frequently on ZDF's Hitparade.

Singles[edit]

  • 1957 – Jesebell
  • 1957 – Ob schwarz, ob weiß
  • 1963 – Twistin' mit Monika
  • 1968 – Tschumbala-Bey
  • 1968 – Jennifer
  • 1969 – Heute so, morgen so
  • 1969 – Auf Liebe gibt es keine Garantie
  • 1970 – Auf dem Kurfürstendam sagt man "Liebe"
  • 1970 – San Bernadino
  • 1971 – Las Vegas
  • 1972 – Ich komm' zurück nach Amarillo
  • 1972 – Der Puppenspieler von Mexiko
  • 1972 – Ein bisschen Spaß muss sein
  • 1973 – Ich bin ein glücklicher Mann
  • 1973 – Pappi, lauf doch nicht so schnell
  • 1974 – In El Paso
  • 1976 – Bye Bye, Fräulein
  • 1977 – Morgen sind wir reich
  • 1978 – Porompompom
  • 1978 – Hey Mama Ho
  • 1978 – Viva Maria
  • 1978 – Wer trinkt schon gern den Wein allein
  • 1979 – Der Clap Clap Song
  • 1979 – Samba si! Arbeit no!
  • 1979 – Am Tag, als es kein Benzin mehr gab
  • 1980 – Rock 'n' Roll ist gut für die Figur
  • 1981 – Humanaho (Alle Menschen sind Brüder)
  • 1990 – Resi bring Bier (duet with Tony Marshall)
  • 1992 – Limbo auf Jamaika (duet with Tony Marshall)
  • 1996 – Da ist die Tür (feat. Lotto King Karl)
  • 1999 – Last Christmas (with Frank Luis y su traditional Habana Orchester)
  • 2001 – Born to Be Alive (with The Disco Boys)
  • 2004 – Ein bisschen Spaß muss sein (new version with Captain Jack)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vowinkel, Heike (3 November 2008). "Meine Hautfarbe hat mir Glück gebracht" (in German). Die Welt. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 

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