Over a year ago, I posted about Heintje, a German singer. When he was a child star in the late 1960s, Heintje sang a lot of songs about how much he loved his mother.
I said some rather unkind things about Heintje. I called his voice a ‘spine-cracking metallic falsetto’ and compared it to ‘colony of enraged wasps stinging the listener’s eardrum into pulp.’ I stand by those characterizations.
However, others seem to have a more nuanced view. Against all expectations, this post has attracted more comments than almost anyother. There are, apparently, hordes of people who remember Heintje fondly, and are eager to relive golden moments they spent listening to his records. The comments come from as far away as Canada, China and New Zealand!
The latest is Susan Wenzel, who writes (you’ll have to forgive the all-caps):
SEEMS AS THOUGH ONLY OUR FAMILY KNOWS OF HIM BECAUSE WE GREW UP LISTENING TO HIS WONDERFUL ALBUM "MAMA" (ENGLISH VERSION) YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS VERY LITTLE MY FATHER HEARD HIM ON HIS RADIO STATION (WGN-CHICAGO,IL) HE SEARCHED FOR HIS ALBUM FOUND IT, PLAYED IT OVER AND OVER. I STILL REMEMBER THE LYRICS… JUST BEAUTIFUL!
Go read her touching comment, if you can TOLERATE THE FACT THAT IT’S ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Ms. Wenzel is desperate for a CD of Heintje singing in English. Why don’t you write her and tell her how to find one? Something tells me we’re not dealing with an Internet connoisseur here, so maybe you should just send an email to MITZEE@AOL.COM.