Someone Help Susan Wenzel find Heintje Records

Heintje 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.

18 thoughts on “Someone Help Susan Wenzel find Heintje Records

  1. A quick check on Amazon.de, hmmm, no Heintje in english.
    So ein Pech aber auch. Brrrr
    Wasn’t this little Mamasöhnchen a Kaaskopf?

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  2. wasps don’t fly very fast and are easy to run away from – with that being said, it is really fun to spray wasp killer on them in mid flight. They drop like a stone

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  3. [i]So ein Pech aber auch. Brrrr
    Wasn’t this little Mamasöhnchen a Kaaskopf?[/i]

    Having run this through Babel Fish (a very well-named translation program) I am only slightly less confused.

    Babel fisch won’ translate “Mamasöhnchen”. Is it impolite?

    “Kaaskopf” means ‘cheesehead’ apparently. I had [i]no idea[/i] Heintje was from Wisconsin. Though he does look like a younger version of Jeffery Dahmer…..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Dahmer

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  4. I had the bright idea of looking for Hentje on YouTube. He appears to be feeding cigars to the horses. No wonder his father (an interesting wardrobe for a farmer there) seems displeased!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN2MNgTh3c4

    Did you notice that the famed American TV actor Mister Ed made a cameo appearance on that video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQELDCQNPEY

    There is this also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMPlwMpNz_I&mode=related&search=

    Hmmm. I see your point about the wasps, Andrew.

    Note the presence of the Good Ship Aue about 1:30 into this video. This is highly appropriate given that ‘Aue!’ is an expression of overwhelming grief in Polynesian.

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  5. I love Heintje’s songs. When I heard his songs in film”Once the Sun Will Be Shining Again”, I teared. It arouse something sweet deep in my heart.

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  6. I got an LP on Ebay of Heintje singing Christmas songs in English… and I love it. Ebay has been a great source for Heintje items… although I have also bought some CD’s in German by Heintje when he was grown up… and although I don’t speak German, I just love them and his voice is super, a voice I could listen to all day, and usually do.

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  7. my dad listened to a lot of german music even though we were strictly english speaking of irish descent.

    he had whatisname doing oompa party albums oh ya, james last was his recording name.
    I dont know if it was his real name.

    then dad put this heintje kid on the turntable. drove me &%&%$##@! NUTS !!!

    clingun yun clinga linga ling, clingun yun cling.

    thats all I remember thankfully. absolute bloody torture.

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  8. my dad listened to a lot of german music even though we were strictly english speaking of irish descent.

    he had whatisname doing oompa party albums oh ya, james last was his recording name.
    I dont know if it was his real name.

    then dad put this heintje kid on the turntable. drove me &%&%$##@! NUTS !!!

    clingun yun clinga linga ling, clingun yun cling.

    thats all I remember thankfully. absolute bloody torture.

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  9. Can someone please give me English translation of Lyrics to
    Mama and Oma so Lief and Once the Sun will be shining again..
    I have a friend that just lost his Mother today in Europe and a Godchild I would like to share these words with

    Please soon
    Sandy Fikse

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  10. I am looking for Heintje’s song “OMA SO LIEF” for my parent’s Golden Anniversary.
    Can somebody help me, how to find it ?

    I was fond of listening to Heintje’s album “Mama” and Christmas Edition, when I was 5 or 6 years old.
    As a child, I love his voice, I love his song.. and I always listening to the tape.
    and until now, I still remember his voice and the song.

    As I will make a surprise party for my parent’s Golden Anniversary, I remember Heintje’s songs.
    It will be touchy if the grand children sing “Oma so Lief” or the children sing “Mama”..

    Ohh,, please help me to find the song..
    Thank you.
    Agnes from Indonesia

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  11. It’s kinda hard to find Heintje album these days..unless you go to Europe. I actually have the Gold album with 32 best hits songs. I forgot where I got this, maybe from an uncle (kinda stole it from him)…

    Anyway, if it’s getting too hard, maybe you can search for it in illegal underground sites (Strongly discourage you to do so as it means you WILL steal the thing). I don’t know if iTunes sell his songs..

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  12. While living in Germany (ca: 1960 – 1974) I collected a couple of Heintje’s albums. Now that I am in my golden years and starting to sell all my records Heintje is available.

    Just email me and we can arrange.

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