Freddy Quinn

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Freddy Quinn
Freddy Quinn Hamburg 1971 003.jpg
Quinn performing in Hamburg, Germany in 1971
Background information
Birth nameFranz Eugen Helmut Manfred Nidl
Born (1931-09-27) 27 September 1931 (age 87)
Niederfladnitz, Austria
Occupation(s)Musician, Actor
InstrumentsVocalist, guitar
Years active1953–2009
WebsiteFreddy Quinn Archive (in German)

Freddy Quinn (born Franz Eugen Helmut Manfred Nidl, 27 September 1931, Niederfladnitz, Austria) is an Austrian singer and actor whose popularity within the German-speaking world soared in the late 1950s and 1960s. Similar to Hans Albers two generations before him, Quinn adopted the persona of the rootless wanderer who goes to sea but longs for a home, family and friends. Quinn's Irish family name comes from his Irish born salesman father, Johann Quinn. His mother, Edith Henriette Nidl, was an Austrian journalist. He is often associated with the Schlager scene.

Biography[edit]

Quinn was born in Lower Austria and grew up in Vienna. As a child he lived in Morgantown, West Virginia (USA) with his father, but moved back to live with his mother in Vienna. Through his mother's second marriage to Rudolf Anatol Freiherr von Petz, Quinn adopted the name Nidl-Petz. At the end of World War II, as part of a refugee group, Freddy encountered American troops in Bohemia. Due to his fluent English, the 14-year-old succeeded in pretending to be of American nationality. He was subsequently sent to the US in May 1945 with a military transport. On Ellis Island, he learned that his father had already died in 1943 in a car accident. The boy was immediately sent back to Europe and, before returning to his mother in Vienna, was stranded for a whole year in Antwerp in a children's home, where he learned to speak French and Dutch. However, having left the landlocked country of Austria in favor of adventurous journeys through Southern Europe and Northern Africa, he eventually headed for Germany. He was "discovered" in St. Pauli, Hamburg, and was offered his first recording contract in 1954.[1] He represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland with the atypical song, "So geht das jede Nacht", about an unfaithful girlfriend who dates many men. He did not win, and the full results of the contest were never released so his placement is not known. Most of his other songs are about Hamburg, the endless sea and the solitary life in faraway lands. His first hit record was "Heimweh" ("Homesickness", a.k.a. "Brennend heißer Wüstensand", "Dort wo die Blumen blüh'n" and "Schön war die Zeit", (1956), a German version of Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This". It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[2]

Other hits, often with him simply billed as Freddy, followed: "Die Gitarre und das Meer" (1959), "Unter fremden Sternen" (1959), "Irgendwann gibt's ein Wiedersehn" (1960), "La Paloma" (1961), "Junge, komm bald wieder" (1963). His 1964 offering "Vergangen, vergessen, vorueber" was another million selling release.[2]

His popularity waned in the 1970s, but Quinn continued performing. "Junge, komm bald wieder" was sung by Alpay on 7 Dilde Alpay ("In Seven Languages Alpay" in Turkish) album, which was released in 1973.

Freddy Quinn in Ikaalinen, Finland, 1985

Starting in the late 1950s, Quinn also acted in several movies, again frequently cast as the seafaring loner. Titles include Freddy, the Guitar and the Sea (1959), Freddy unter fremden Sternen (1959), Freddy and the Song of the South Pacific (1962), and Homesick for St. Pauli (1963). Subsequently, Quinn also performed on the stage in such diverse roles as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the king in The King and I, and Lord Fancourt Babberly in Charley's Aunt.

Quinn was also an accomplished circus performer who stunned television audiences as a tightrope walker, performing live and without a safety net. On another occasion, which was also televised, he rode a lion inside a circus cage while the lion was balancing atop a moving surface.

Quinn lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected song list[edit]

  • This list only contains songs that have been covered by Freddy Quinn or others.
  • The year lists up a song has been recorded for the first time.


Song in Dutch language Song in English language Song in French language Song in German language Song in Italian language Song in Spanish language year Other
- 26 Miles - - - - 1958
- Ain't Misbehavin' - - - - 1958
- America - - - - 1976
- At The Hop - - - - 1958
- Blue Mirage - - - - 1962
- Bouquet of Roses - - - - 1958
- Carry Me Back To Old Virginny - Geh'n wir nochmal den Weg nach Westen - - 1989
- Columbus Stockade Blues - - - - 1970
- Don't Forbid Me - - - - 1956
- Down By The Riverside - - - - 1986
- For The Good Times - - - - 1971
- Games That Lovers Play - - - - 1968
- Goodnight, Ladies - - - - 1965
- Green, Green Grass of Home - Green, Green Grass of Home (1989) - - 1976
- Hand Me Down My Walking Cane - - - - 1970
- Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - - - - 1958
- He'll Have to Go - - - - 1970
- Hello, Dolly! - - - - 1972
- Help Me Make It Through the Night - - - - 1989
- High Noon - - - - 1970
- I Left My Heart In San Francisco - - - - 1973
- I'll Hold You in My Heart - - - - 1964
- I'm Moving On - - - - 1976
- Jambalaya - - - - 1970
- Jingle Bells - - - - 1972
- Lili Marleen - Lili Marleen (1995) - - 1969
Zonder thuis Love me ever Leave me never Seul au monde Heimatlos - - 1957
- Love Story - - - - 1971
- Lovesick Blues - - - - 1976
- Magic Moments - - - - 1958
- Making Believe - - - - 1981
- Maria - - - - 1976
- My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean - - - - 1965
- No Letter Today - - - - 1958
- No More - - - - 1972
- Nobody's Child - - - - 1976
- Oh My Darling Clementine - - - - 1989
- Oh! Susanna (1992) - Ich kam aus Alabama - - 1971
- Oh, Lonesome Me - - - - 1976
- Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' - - - - 1972
- Ol' Man River - - - - 1970
- Old Smokey - - - - 1989
- On The Sunny Side Of The Street - - - - 1958
- Ramona - - - - 1970
- (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You - - - - 1970
- Roll The Cotton Down - - - - 1965
- Rolling home - Rolling home (1976) - - 1961
- San Antonio Rose - - - - 1976
- Seasons In The Sun - - - - 2000
- Show Me The Way To Go Home - - - - 1968
- Six Days on the Road - - - - 1981
- Son, Won't You Come Home (1963)
I've Roamed Around (2001)
- Junge komm bald wieder - Hijo vuelve pronto 1963 Afrikaans: Kom Huistoe My Seun
- Smoke That Cigarette - - - - 1976
- Some Broken Hearts Never Mend - - - - 1992
- Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme) - - - - 1968
- Sonny Boy
(German-English)
- Sonny Boy
(German-English)
- - 1972
- Spanish Eyes - - - - 1965
- Speak Softly Love - - - - 1972
- Stood Up - - - - 1958
- Summertime - - - - 1972
- Sunday Morning Coming Down - - - - 1972
- Tennessee Saturday Night - - - - 1970
- Tennessee Waltz - - - - 1968
- The Banana Boat Song Day O - - - 1956
- The Echo Of Your Footsteps - - - - 1958
- The Yellow Rose of Texas - Die schönste Frau von Texas - - 1989
- Tom Dooley - - - - 1987
- True Love - - - - 1972
- What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor? - - - - 1961
- White Christmas - - - - 1972
- Why Can't I Ever Be Lucky - Wann kommt das Glück auch zu mir? Qualcune da amare - 1962
- Wunderbar - - - - 1972
- You Are My Sunshine - - - - 1970
- You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry - - - - 1976
- You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) - - - - 1958
- You, You, You - - - - 1962
- Your Cheatin' Heart - - - - 1970
- - Le seul pays Wer das vergisst - - 1957
- - N'importe où Irgendwann gibt's ein Wiedersehn - - 1960
- - Mélodie du soir Melodie der Nacht - - 1960
Lang is de weg - Près de mon cœur Weit ist der Weg - - 1960 Portuguese: Estrada sem fim
Rosalie - Rosalie Rosalie - - 1956
- - Que tout recommence - - - 1961
- - - Adios Mexico - Adios Mexico (La barca de oro) 1965
- - - Die Gitarre und das Meer - La guitarra y el mar 1959
- - - Hundert Mann und ein Befehl - La balada de los boinas verdes 1966
- - - O du fröhliche - Es la paz que canta 1963
- - - O Tannenbaum - O Tannenbaum 1963
- - - Stille Nacht - Noche de paz 1963
In zijn dromen - - So viel Träume (Eine Fischer-Ballade) - - 1961
- - - Vaya con Dios - Vaya con Dios 1965
Het verlangen was groot - - Wenn die Sehnsucht nicht wär - - 1961
- - - - - - 1961 Low German: De Hamborger Veermaster
- - - - - ¡Ay, Jalisco, no te rajes! 1968
- - - - Bésame Mucho 1968
- - - - - Cielito Lindo 1965
- - - - - Cuando salí de Cuba 1973
- - - - - Cucurrucucú paloma 1965
- - - - - El Rancho Grande 1965
- - - - - La Golondrina 1968
- - - - - Yo vendo unos ojos negros 1965

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Biography: Freddy Quinn". AMG. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 82 & 175. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
N/A
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956
(and Walter Andreas Schwarz with Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück)
Succeeded by
Margot Hielscher
with Telefon, Telefon