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Udo Jürgens

Udo Jürgens was an Austrian composer and singer of popular music whose career spanned over fifty years. He won the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 for Austria, composed close to 1,000 songs, sold over 100 million records. In 2007 he additionally obtained Swiss citizenship, he is credited with broadening German-language pop music beyond the traditional postwar "Schlager" in the 1950s by infusing it with a modern pop appeal and French chanson style. His compositions and arrangements attracted fans of all ages; until his death at age 80 he continued to fill venues in Germany and Switzerland. In 1952 Udo Bolan, as he was called formed the Udo Bolan Quartet In Klagenfurt, Austria appearing at the Café Obelisk in Klagenfurt with Englishman Johnny Richards on drums, Klaus Behmel on guitar and Bruno Geiger on Bass; the quartet played at various dance and jazz venues and broadcast on Radio Alpenland and the British Forces Radio network produced by Mike Fior. In 1950, he won a composer contest organized by Austria's public broadcasting channel ORF with the song "Je t'aime".

He wrote the 1961 worldwide hit "Reach for the Stars", sung by Shirley Bassey. In 1964, he represented Austria for the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 with the song "Warum nur, warum?", finishing sixth. The UK participant, Matt Monro, was impressed with the melody and covered the song as "Walk Away," which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and number 23 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Jürgens' song "Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen" came fourth in 1965's contest, on his third try he won the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 in Luxembourg with "Merci, Chérie", which became an English-language hit for Vince Hill, another cover by Monro, one of Jürgens' most recognized compositions. Jürgens' version alone sold over one million copies, he was awarded a gold disc by Deutsche Vogue in 1966. In the following years, he wrote the songs, like "Griechischer Wein", "Aber bitte mit Sahne", "Mit 66 Jahren", — one of his biggest successes — "Buenos Días, Argentina", which he performed together with the Germany national football team in 1978.

In 1977, he recorded gala concert. The Supremes, who were on a brief farewell tour of Europe at the time, performed two of their own hits, "You Are The Heart of Me" and "You're My Driving Wheel", as well as a duet with Jürgens' "Walk Away" in English. In 1979, he released a disco album entitled Udo'80, it produced a hit song "Ich weiß was ich will". This song was released as a 12 inch disco single in an extended remix for discothèques. On 2 December 2007, the jukebox musical Ich war noch niemals in New York opened in Hamburg's Operettenhaus, it weaves songs by Jürgens into a familial storyline, similar to the treatment of ABBA songs in Mamma Mia!, the musical it succeeded at the venue. Since 2015, Udo Jürgens holds the worldwide-record as the artist with the longest presence in the charts - more than 57 years from his first entry 1958 till 2015. "Merci, Chérie", whose original German lyrics were written by Thomas Hörbiger, has been translated or adapted into several languages and covered by dozens of artists in both vocal and instrumental recordings.

These versions include: "Merci Chérie" by Claude Carrère and André Salvet "Merci" by Vito Pallavicini "Merci Cherie" by Baker Cavendish "Merci Cherie" by Fred Bekky "Merci Chérie" by Al Sandström "Merci Chérie" by Gina Trandafirescu "Merci Cheri" by Andrzej Ozga Jürgens himself recorded many of the translations for international release, including a version in Japanese. More recent covers include Belinda Carlisle's 2007 recording of the French version. In addition to recording Cavendish's "Merci, Chérie" lyric, Matt Monro covered five more Jürgens compositions, all with English lyrics written by his manager Don Black. Four of these became associated with the British singer: "Warum nur warum?" became "Walk Away" "Du sollst die Welt für mich sein" became "Without You" "Was Ich Dir Sagen Will" became "The Music Played" "Illusionen" became "If I Never Sing Another Song", performed by Frankie Laine, Shirley Bassey, Sammy Davis, Jr. and other entertainers. A fifth Jürgens song, "In Dieser Welt," became "Lovin' You Again," and in 1969 Monro recorded both Spanish and English versions, the latter not released until August 2012.

In one of his last recording sessions, Bing Crosby covered an English version of Jürgens' "Griechischer Wein" called "Come Share The Wine,", written by Black. The song was released after Crosby's death in 1977 as the title track of a compilation album and was recorded by Al Martino. In the early 1990s, the German thrash metal band Sodom released a'metalized' cover of the boogie "Aber bitte mit Sahne". In 2009 the German band Sportfreunde Stiller covered "Ich war noch niemals in New York" together with Jürgens on their MTV Unplugged concert in Munich. On 21 December 2014, Jürgens died of acute heart failure in Münsterlingen, Switzerland at the age of 80. With Austria's success at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, the first since Jürgens' success in 1966, Jürgens expressed his interest in performing in the interval of the nex

Piotr Kosiba

Piotr Kosiba - in religious Alojzy - was a Polish Roman Catholic professed religious and member from the Order of Friars Minor. He was born to poor farmers and worked straight after his education as a shoemaker due to being unable to afford further education, he joined the Franciscans as a religious brother instead in 1878 and worked as their cobbler and beekeeper while ministering to poor children and going around asking for alms for them. His apostolate continued in World War I. Kosiba's process for beatification launched in the 1960s and he became titled as a Servant of God, he had a large number of devotees following his death which included the Bishop Karol Józef Wojtyła and the Archbishop of Kraków Franciszek Macharski. He became titled as Venerable in mid-2017 after Pope Francis acknowledged the fact that the late religious had lived a life of heroic virtue. Piotr Kosiba was born on 29 June 1855 in Libusza in his parents' log home as the second of three children to the poor farmers Jan Kosiba and Agnieszka.

His paternal grandparents were Maciej Kosiba and Katarzyna Przybyłowicz and his maternal grandparents were Valentin and Anna. He received his baptism just hours after his birth in the wooden church of the Blessed Virgin from its parish priest Alojzy Haas, his siblings were his sister Ludwika. His mother died on 21 December 1857 when he was a toddler just before Christmas after giving birth to Ludwika, his father -, managing seven acres of land - remarried to Apolonia Kosibow and had seven more children with three of them having died in their infancies. His maternal aunt was Tekla, her daughter Agata married Walenty in 1872 and the couple had twelve children. Maciej - one of those children - became a blacksmith and emigrated to the United States in 1905. Two of Maciej's siblings married relatives of Jan Kosiba's mother Katarzyna Przybyłowicz, he did his schooling in his hometown from 1862 until 1866 and his father asked him to continue his studies in order to prepare him for work. Kosiba decided to learn cobbling as his trade since his poor financial condition did not allow for him to pursue further education.

He had felt set himself on becoming a priest. But his poor financial state prompted him to seek a trade, he earned a certificate that certified him as a shoemaker in Biecz around 1874 and worked at a shoe warehouse in Tarnów from 1876 until 1878 in order to support his siblings. It was in Biecz that he first met friars from the Order of Friars Minor and after visiting their Wieliczka convent decided to join their ranks as a professed religious rather than as an ordained priest, he liked talking to the friars after his first meeting with them and participated in their Masses when he was not working. He arrived at their convent for admittance on 7 March; this latter name was a cause for Kosiba's satisfaction since he was noted in life for having a strong devotion to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and to Saint Peter the Apostle. He was first stationed in Jarosław but was soon transferred back to Wieliczka on 5 August 1878 where he was made the order's shoemaker and repairman for the monks' belts. Kosiba began his novitiate period on 22 September 1879 and made his initial profession on 22 September 1880 at 11:30am.

He made his solemn religious profession on 14 May 1855 into the hands of the Provincial priest Joachim Maciejczyk. Kosiba did much for poor children, their concerns were his own and he made it a practice to provide for their spiritual and material needs. His colleague Brother Blazej Ranosz wrote in 1965 that Kosiba was "a monk without a reproach" and that "he loved the children" and "valued and loved the poor", he was noted for his gentleness with all people and for his kind disposition, demonstrated with the children more so. His collection and distribution of funds to the poor made him a popular figure but made him sometimes a figure of ridicule among some of his colleagues, he sometimes would walk on foot. He helped children facing hunger in the southern and eastern parts of Kraków during World War I when he would tend to those that the conflict affected while providing them with food, he would provide them with medicine with the help of a pharmacist from Wieliczka. He would bring them gifts such as rosaries or pictures during the Christmas season.

There was one tale said that a frustrated grandmother once poured hot soup on him as she chased him off her land after he had asked her for a small donation for the poor. He slept on bare boards on the floor, he would write using a goose feather and he wore a patched old habit. He served for a brief period as his order's beekeeper at some stage. Kosiba was known for his humble and modest disposition and so modest was he in temperament that he could never look at women in the face when speaking to or with them. Just after Christ

Burnt Wings (1920 film)

Burnt Wings is a 1920 American drama film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Josephine Hill, Frank Mayo, Rudolph Christians. It was released on March 29, 1920. Ned Templeton is a struggling artist in Paris, their straits become more dire when Ned is stricken down by illness. His doctor prescribes rest and good food, in addition to medication. Without money his wife, Joan Templeton, is further threatened with eviction by their landlord, who suggests that there are easy ways for a pretty young woman to make money. With no other alternative, Joan seeks out a wealthy benefactor, who she has an affair with in exchange for enough money to see her and Ned by, Ned back to health. Once he regains his health, he begins to become successful, the couple returns to the United States, where his career begins to take off. Helen Cartwright is impressed by his work, convinces her father, James, to have his portrait done by Ned, become his patron; when James realizes that Helen is in love with Ned, he understands that the only thing standing in the way of his daughter's happiness is Joan.

He uses his influence to add to Ned's success, as well as driving a wedge between Ned and Joan, who begin drifting apart, each thinking the other no longer cares. Ned and Helen begin to draw close to one another; as a way to drive the final spike in her marriage, James approaches Joan and offers her a large sum of money to divorce Ned. Joan refuses, but James and her both realize that it was James, her rich benefactor in Paris. Thinking he has the trump card, James tells him of Joan's infidelity in Paris. However, it does not have the effect. Ned realizes what Joan sacrificed for him, tells Helen he is returning to Joan. Helen understands, Ned and Joan are reunited. Josephine Hill as Joan Templeton Frank Mayo as Ned Templeton Rudolph Christians as James Cartwright Betty Blythe as Helen Beatrice Burnham as Hortense Bayard Veiller's play had premiered on Broadway in May 1907, had been reprised during the 1919 season; the working title of the film was the same as Veiller's play. In December 1919 it was announced.

Lola Gonzales was tagged for the lead role of Joan Templeton. Gonzales was a professional model. However, a week it was announced that Josephine Hill had replaced Gonzales in the cast. At the same time it was announced that Frank Mayo, Mae Busch, Beatrice Burnham, Rudolph Christians were members of the cast. In early January 1920, the name was changed to Burnt Wings; the picture wrapped filming by mid-February 1920. In February it was announced that the picture would be released on March 29, 1920. Exhibitors Herald gave the film a good review, they complimented both the production and the direction, singled out the performances of Frank Mayo, Josephine Hill, Betty Blythe. They were complimentary of the writing work of Bayard Veiller. Motion Picture News gave the film a more average review, calling it "Just an ordinary program feature", they complimented the work of Mayo and Blythe, highlighted the character work of Rudolph Christians. They felt the cinematography and settings were average; the Moving Picture World enjoyed the picture.

While they did not care for the subject matter of the film, they felt the acting was good. They felt Hill, though inexperienced, did quite well as Mayo's wife, said that Blythe played her role "with charm", they were complimentary of Christians, in his role as the film's heavy. They enjoyed the staging of the film, with "...some beautiful exteriors and interiors. Burnt Wings on IMDb Burnt Wings at the TCM Movie Database Burnt Wings at the American Film Institute Catalog