Romy Haag

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Romy Haag
Romy Haag.jpg
Romy Haag photographed by Tom Ordelman
Background information
Born (1948-01-01) January 1, 1948 (age 71)
The Hague, Netherlands
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, dancer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1961–present

Romy Haag (born January 1, 1948 in Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands) is a dancer, singer, actress and former nightclub manager.

Early life[edit]

When she was 13, Romy Haag and her family joined the circus. She started her career at the renowned Circus Strassburger as a children's clown. At age 16, she moved to Paris with the trapeze artists from the circus and subsequently debuted at the Parisian nightclub Alcazar as a cabaret dancer.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1972, an American show manager offered Haag a tour booking and she performed her show "Berlin Chanson" at Fire Island, in Long Island and Atlantic City. There she met and fell in love with a street musician from Berlin and decided to move back to Europe to live in the German capital with him.[2]

In 1974, at age 26, she opened her own cabaret, Chez Romy Haag, in Berlin-Schöneberg. The venue became very successful and had many notable visitors including: Udo Lindenberg, Zizi Jeanmaire, Patricia Highsmith, Bryan Ferry, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed and Mick Jagger, whom she first met in 1973.[3] In 1976 Haag and David Bowie began a romantic relationship; Bowie subsequently moved to Berlin and completed his first German tour.[4][5]

Her first single “Liege-Samba“ appeared in 1977, with Udo Lindenberg contributing the lyrics and music. She went on tour with Lindenberg and in the following year released her single “Superparadise”. In 1979 the New Yorker Profile Gallery profiled her in a photo tribute. In 1981 her first LP album “So bin ich”, with Klaus Hoffmann contributing the lyrics, was released.

After nine years, in 1983, she sold her night club to travel the world. Returning to Germany in 1986, she began touring Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US with her “City in the Night” show. During this time, the mid 1980s, Haag was featured in the video installation, Queen Zero an art performance in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

In 1999 her autobiography, Eine Frau und mehr, was published. In it Haag describes her life, the art scene in the US and Berlin in the 1970s, as well as her friendship with Amanda Lear.

In 2010 she had a role as a receptionist in the internet soap opera Doc Love playing alongside Dieter Bach, Oliver Bender and Ellenie Salvo González.

During her career, she performed with the following musicians: Conny Göckel (Keyboard), Alexander Kraut (Keyboard), Lutz Woite (Bass), Friedel Schwarz (Bass), Erik Küppers (Guitar), Blacky Schwarz (Guitar), Roland Götz (Drums), Hansi Wallbaum (Drums), Uli Moritz (Drums), Eberhardt Fortmann (Saxophone).

She has had roles in 26 films including: "Plastikfieber", "Zum Beispiel Otto Spalt“, "Die Hamburger Krankheit" and "Mascara" with Charlotte Rampling. She released 17 stylistically unique albums, like "Flugblatt" or the musical "Tell!".

Honors and awards[edit]

In 1997 Haag received the Teddy Award at the Berlinale 1997 for her life work. The Teddy Award is awarded in recognition of films with LGBTQIA topics.

The German astronomer Felix Hormuth named one of the minor planets he discovered on January 29, 2009 after Romy Haag. The asteroid is officially named 305660 Romyhaag.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • 1977: Tell! (Musical with Udo Lindenberg, Alexis Korner, Su Kramer and Jürgen Drews)
  • 1977: Liege Samba (Telefunken)
  • 1978: Superparadise (Philips)
  • 1979: Showtime (Philips)
  • 1979: Catch me (Aladin / EM)
  • 1981: So bin Ich (Aladin / CBS)
  • 1983: Flugblatt (Risiko)
  • 1985: City in the Night (Constant)
  • 1990: Süße Kirschen (Teldec)
  • 1990: Rock n Roll Bitch (Black-Heart Records)
  • 1992: Leben ist gleich Karneval (Black-Heart Records)
  • 1993: Chaos in Einheit (Black-Heart Records)
  • 1994: Toujours Retour (Ricca Records)
  • 1996: Hexenkessel (Black-Heart Records)
  • 1999: Cabaret Berlin (Ricca Records)
  • 2000: So bin ich (Ricca Records, remastered)
  • 2001: La Vie En Rose (Monopol Records)
  • 2001: Balladen für Huren und Engel (Ricca Records)
  • 2002: memories are made of this (mystical hunters records)
  • 2003: Reichtum (kraut records)
  • 2004: Reichtum-Chill-Inn-Music (Meditation)
  • 2005: Frauen, die ich nicht vergessen kann (kraut records)
  • 2010: Moving on (for music)

Filmography[edit]

  • 1987: Ossegg oder Die Wahrheit über Hänsel und Gretel
  • 1987: Mascara, Director: Patrick Conrad
  • 1988: Zum Beispiel Otto Spalt (The Case of Mr. Spalt)
  • 2014: Laura – Das Juwel von Stuttgart, Director: Rosa von Praunheim

Radio[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • (de) Eine Frau und mehr, Romy Haag, 1999, Quadriga (ISBN 3-88679-328-1).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archived [Date missing] at romyhaag.de [Error: unknown archive URL]: Biografie, Stand vom 22. Juli 2012
  2. ^ Ars Electronica - Archiv (PDF) Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.: Künstlerbiografien, 1986, PDF erstellt am 1. Juni 2004 (in German)
  3. ^ Jän: Stones rollen mit 130 Trucks an, Die Welt, 12. Dezember 2002
  4. ^ Stones rollen mit 130 Trucks an 12 Dezember 2002, Die Welt (in German)
  5. ^ Romy Haag freut sich auf ihren Ex-Freund David Bowie 3 November 2003, Die Welt (in German)
  6. ^ "305660 Romyhaag (2009 BJ73)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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