Ted Herold dies in an apartment fire

The German musician Ted Herold is dead. He and his wife died last night in an apartment fire in Dortmund. This was confirmed by a spokesman for the Dortmund public prosecutor on Sunday. Herold was 79 years old, his wife 48.

For his fans he was the “German Elvis”. The rock’n’roller’s career began in the 1950s, based on his role models Bill Haley, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. Hits like “Only the very first love is so beautiful”, “Hula Rock” or his greatest success “Moonlight” secured him top positions in the charts.

Discovered at a young age

Born as Harald Schubring on September 9, 1942 in Berlin, the musician was discovered in 1958. At that time, the father of a classmate put him in touch with a record company. For a few years he mainly performed German cover versions of Elvis Presley.

After a few years there was a career turnaround. Twist was all the rage in the early 1960s, then came the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. At the end of the 60s it became much quieter for the musician. Udo Lindenberg rediscovered Herold almost ten years later, Herold accompanied him on his tour of Germany – new songs and contracts followed. In 2016 he said goodbye to the stage.

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