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The Start of the ZDF-Hitparade in 1969 : let us Sing not prohibit

in 1969, a lot was going on. With Neil Armstrong, man landed on the moon, and the social Democrats Brandt were with Willy for the first time, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. For those who think in smaller historical dimensions, delivered this year is also a milestone of television entertainment. 18. January, the ZDF from Berlin, and broadcasted the first episode of his "hit parade", which was 31 years in the second program before the end of 2000, due to the lack of spectators was resonance set. The Saturday business impact-pleasure continues to be one of those monuments that are not only shaping the entertainment history of Germany in that era, when television was still a family-connecting function and the German on Mondays at work debated, what was running at the weekend on TV.

Thus, the "ZDF-Hitparade" in the context of "One will win" or "The big prize". They United as the Shows of Peter Alexander and Wim Thoelke an audience of millions in front of the Grundig device and has to dig into the collective memory of the s in the word "hit" in the nose rümpf(t).

Before the decline of the Schlager

her beginnings were in the Phase, as the impact-one last high genre lived phase. And at the same time, the broadcast reflected a rebellion, a Defiance that could not stop the decline of the Schlager. It was in the fifties and sixties, of course, that the common hits were in elderly and young listeners alike, this changed when the music scene was opened, and foreign artists were a regular presence in the Radio and television stations. The Schlager responded with a slightly sore Anti-attitude, symptomatic embodied by Tina York's "let us Sing, did not forbid" (1974), singing as the Fanfare of a We-are-German-attitude, occurred against the Americanisation of popular music, and against the intellectual condemnation of "criminal brainwashing of the people" language, for example, the Poet Peter Rühmkorf – of German "Schlager".

As a reserve of its advocates, the "ZDF-Hitparade", in German only sing were allowed to occur by the end of singer. They stood as a bulwark against "foreign Infiltration" understood as the triumph of the Anglo-American Pops was unstoppable, to your first presenter Dieter Thomas Heck. This had previously earned his living as a car salesman, a radio presenter and a (less successful) singer, before the ZDF and Director Truck Branss used him as a Promoter and Savior of the German-speaking songs. Artists such as Chris Roberts, Lena Valaitis, Jürgen Marcus, Mary Roos, Paola, Heino, Tony Marshall or Howard Carpendale-populated from now on, the Berlin Studio, took the performances to further their career.

the rear, made his conservative views, never a secret, became the most dedicated advocates of the best-seller. He became the voice of a sentient world of media, think of as a naive ideal world-lover dismissed and not considered an English-sung "My Baby Baby Balla Balla" is automatically smarter than a German sung "the Boy with The harmonica". The silent minority, which was probably always a majority, loved the rear, and had in him an eloquent language found tube.

Dieter Thomas Heck, in the Distinctive

the rear of the mind it early, the most important trademark for long-lasting TV-(After-)fame to acquire: distinctiveness. He developed a refined style, the was a sensation and for the success of the "ZDF-Hitparade" is crucial. With impulsive-dynamic voice, he galloped at top speed from number to number, and left no doubt that the German Schlager was not a thing for geeks. If Siw Malmkvist, Rex Gildo or Roy Black (which included all of the legendary artists of the first edition) – all of the Moderator tail, prepared for a gallant entrance, a promise of fresh Wind. And when he started the legendary "fast-forward", the Participants down, rattled, and finally his home station Z-D-F so pronounced, and this appeared as the youth movement TV station, then moments, which were received without delay in the collective memory of the Germans.

the duration of the winner. Roy Black (on the right) landed in the first shipments are always on 1st place. As a response, a title only...photo: ZDF and Barbara Oloffs

could Also be in the Apparel he went with the time - and yet their own ways: Bold jackets, unconventional tie-in color tones, typical of this time of hair and costumes, and in General, large-sized glasses made rear visually immediately recognizable, and signaled to his faithful viewers, that is not a Hyper-elegant Outfit à la Julio Iglesias is required to claim a permanent slot.

Dieter Thomas Heck was smart enough to record the time when the German Schlager was increasingly becoming a niche product, and it remained up to its brilliant Renaissance by Andrea Berg and Helene Fischer. If you look at today, excerpts from the early 1980s, as the tail was forced to the Shock, irony and malapropisms of the German New wave announce who feels his physical and mental discomfort. He even prepared a and was – 183 – the Moderation of the shipment. The rear had a successor, whose name is not concealed are – Viktor Worms Uwe Hübner, but two is not a historical wrong done to, if you primarily as a Manager of the creeping doom.

To resuscitate the shipment would not be. The plan once the nostalgic at the ZDF. After all, they hired a man of the appropriate age, Thomas Gottschalk, to moderate at the end of April a TV-a reminder of the show. The true followers of the "ZDF-Hitparade", meanwhile on the Internet, and to beam back to their early follow - as, for example, Renate the core of her unforgettable "You need to with the lashes," trilled strum, and as a result of an accident with a cane to the stage swung...

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Markus Ehrenberg

The author is head of the literature house in Hamburg.

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