And The Band Played On

I recently blogged about 1950s cars, but cars were not the only change the GIs brought to post-war Germany. They brought the latest records from America with them. No wonder they were so popular with young people.

Far away from big cities and their range of entertainment, the clubs and the entertainers who toured the bases brought the big wide world into the Hinterland. After all, the soldiers had to be entertained. Well-known American and German musicians and singers like The Golden Gate Quartett, The Platters, Count Basie, Caterina Valente, Conny Froboess, Max Greger, and Bata Illic worked at the clubs during the 1950s and 1960s, which was often the beginning of a long career.

And who could forget that the most famous singer of the time, Elvis Presley, was stationed in Germany? He did not give any concerts during his tour, but remained a huge draw wherever he went.

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Image: commons.wikimedia.org, Author Neptuul

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