Gus Backus

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Gus Backus (born September 12, 1937 in Southampton, Long Island, New York as Donald Edgar Backus) is an American singer and former member of the Del-Vikings. He also released a single on Carlton Records in 1958.

After he was stationed there as an Airman in the U.S. Air Force at Wiesbaden Air Base from 1957, Backus had to leave the Del-Vikings, but he later became a popular singer of Schlager music in 1960s West Germany.[1] He sang all his songs in German language with an American accent. He charted with 19 songs between 1960 and 1967, among them eight Top Ten hits. He landed Number 1 hit in German charts with his song Der Mann im Mond (The Man in the Moon) in 1961. Backus also did German cover versions of songs by Elvis Presley, Paul Anka and Conway Twitty.

Gus Backus came back to America for some years in the 1970s, and worked as a foreman on oil fields in Texas, but later returned to Germany.[2] He lives today in Germering near Munich[3] and retired from singing in 2014.[4] He is married and father of four children.

Discography (selection)[edit]

Albums in German charts[edit]

Jahr Titel Rang Charteinstieg
 Germany DE
1962 Ich hab’ mein Herz in Germany verloren 16
(12 Wo.)
15.09.1962

Singles in German charts[edit]

Jahr Titel Rang Charteinstieg
 Germany DE
1960 Brauner Bär und weiße Taube
(mit Orchester Johannes Fehring)
16
(28 Wo.)
10.09.1960
1961 Wooden Heart (Muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus) 2
(20 Wo.)
03.12.1960
Da sprach der alte Häuptling der Indianer 3
(16 Wo.)
07.01.1961
Auf Wiederseh’n 15
(16 Wo.)
17.06.1961
Heut kommen d’ Engerln auf Urlaub nach Wien 25
(8 Wo.)
24.06.1961
I bin a stiller Zecher 11
(16 Wo.)
05.08.1961
Der Mann im Mond 1
(24 Wo.)
02.09.1961
1962 Sauerkraut-Polka 2
(20 Wo.)
30.12.1961
No Bier, No Wein, No Schnaps 7
(16 Wo.)
07.04.1962
Das Lied vom Angeln 4
(8 Wo.)
18.08.1962
Linda (Ein Haus in den Rockys) 9
(12 Wo.)
11.08.1962
Das kleine Wunder vom großen Glück 20
(12 Wo.)
01.12.1962
1963 Bißchen Denken beim Schenken 31
(4 Wo.)
26.01.1963
Er macht mich krank der Mondschein an der Donau 8
(12 Wo.)
06.04.1963
Mein Schimmel wartet im Himmel 12
(16 Wo.)
20.07.1963
Sweet Emily (Goodbye Baby) 24
(12 Wo.)
05.10.1963
1964 Wenn doch jede Woche mal der Erste wär 20
(8 Wo.)
01.02.1964
1966 Bohnen in die Ohren 30
(4 Wo.)
05.03.1966
1967 Ein Koffer voller Souvenirs 39
(6 Wo.)
18.11.1967

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