Udo Jürgen Bockelmann was born on September 30, 1934 in Schloß Ottmanach, Carinthia, Austria. Udo was born into a wealthy family, he grew up in the Austrian Ottmanach Castle in with his brothers John [1931-2006], later a businessman, and Manfred [1943- ], now a respected painter. He became a composer and singer of popular music, his career spans over fifty years. He has written more than 800 songs and 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 1960s by infusing it with a modern pop appeal; his exceptionally tuneful compositions and sophisticated arrangements attract fans of all ages, and even in his 70s he continues to fill the largest concert venues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Jurgens composed the music for one Euro-western; 1975’s “Montana Trap”.
Today we celebrate Udo Jürgens 80th birthday.