Tony Holiday (born Rolf Peter Knigge; 24 February 1951 – 14 February 1990) was a German pop singer and songwriter.
Knigge was born in Hamburg, Germany. He began his career initially as a textile businessman and fashion designer. In 1974, he received a record contract with Hans Bertram, who rechristened him "Tony Holiday". His first two singles met with little success. Holiday's breakthrough came in 1977 with the German recording of "Tanze Samba mit Mir" ("Dance the Samba With Me") in 1977. The song quickly became a hit in both Germany and Austria, peaking at No. 4 on the German music charts and reaching the Top 20 on the Austrian music charts.
In 1979, he participated with the title "Zuviel Tequila, zuviel schöne Mädchen" ("Too Much Tequila, Too Many Beautiful Girls") in the German finals for the Eurovision Song Contest and the song finished in ninth place.
In 1980, Holiday scored a second European hit with "Nie mehr allein sein" which reached the number 15 on the German music charts. The song was a reworking of "Sun of Jamaica" by the German band Goombay Dance Band. Holiday subsequently hosted several music programs on television and released several more singles throughout the 1980s.
Holiday was gay, but did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, and died on Valentine's Day, 1990 of an AIDS-related illness in Lausanne at the age 38, just ten days shy of his 39th birthday.
In 2000, Tony Holiday's single "Tanze Samba mit Mir" was prominently featured in the Teddy Award-winning François Ozon directed film Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks), an adaptation of the play Tropfen auf heisse Steine by German filmmaker and dramatist Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
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