Roy Black

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Legal name: Gerhard Höllerich

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Roy Black (January 25, 1943 – October 9, 1991) was a German schlager singer and actor, who appeared in several musical comedies and starred in the 1989 TV series, Ein Schloß am Wörthersee.

Born Gerhard Höllerich in Bobingen, Bavarian Swabia, Germany, Black attended the gymnasium in Augsburg and, aged 20, founded the rock and roll band Roy Black and His Cannons. His stage name derived from his black hair and his idol, Roy Orbison.

Roy Black and His Cannons achieved some local fame and were offered a recording contract with Polydor Records. However, his record producer Hans Bertram decided on a solo career for Black, and a switch to romantic songs for his protégé, a decision which soon led to nationwide fame. In 1966, his single "Ganz in Weiß"—a romantic song about marrying in white—sold in excess of one million copies by the end of 1967. His 1969 song "Dein schönstes Geschenk", sold one million copies by May 1970, having spent nine weeks at number one in the German chart.

From 1967, Black also took on roles in several musical comedy films, for example in the 1969 movie Hilfe, ich liebe Zwillinge (Help, I Love Twins) opposite Uschi Glas.

In 1974, Black announced his engagement to model Silke Vagts (1945–2002), and the couple got married in Munich the same year. In 1976 their son Torsten was born. They divorced in 1985.

Six years later Black died of heart failure, in Heldenstein near Mühldorf am Inn, which was assumed to be a result of his addiction to alcohol and pharmaceuticals.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Weihnachten bin ich zu Haus Roy Black 2
1969 Concerto D'Amour Roy Black 2
1988 Schwarz auf Weiß Roy Black 2
1989 Festliche Weihnachten mit Roy Black Roy Black 1
2014 Originale Album-Box Roy Black 1
Rosenzeit Roy Black 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Für dich allein Roy Black 1
1999 Ganz in weiß Roy Black 2
1999 Wanderjahre Roy Black 1
2000 Die Singles 1964 - 1968 Roy Black 1
2000 Die Singles 1969 - 1972 Roy Black 1
2000 Wünsche und Gedanken: Seine schönsten Weihnachtslieder Roy Black 1
2001 Die Singles 1973 - 1978 Roy Black 1
2006 Für immer Roy Black 1
2007 Star Edition Roy Black 1
2008 Die Hit Collection: Eine Rose schenk ich Dir Roy Black 1
Dafür danke ich dir Roy Black 1
Du bist nicht allein - Erinnerungen an Roy Black Roy Black 1
Ich denk' an dich Roy Black 1
Meine Liebe zu Dir Roy Black 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Ganz in weiß / Ich suche dich Roy Black 1
1968 Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein Roy Black und Anita 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Media Markt Collection - Roy Black Roy Black 1

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