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Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Peter Kraus & Band & SingersDas Beste kommt zum Schluss! The best comes last!Peter Kraus is an Austrian singer and actor. Born Peter Siegfried Krausenecker in Munich, Kraus was popular especially in the 1950s, notably in those musical comedy films where he played opposite Cornelia Froboess.When the German music industry discovered that rock ’n’ roll was a big seller even with German lyrics, they marketed Kraus as an Elvis copy. Kraus soon became – just like his colleague Ted Herold – one of Germany`s most popular singers and teen idols, the lanky and nonchalant attitude of the young man was a big hit with teens. In the first four years after his debut he published 36 hits and sold more than twelve million records.Kraus` first disc in 1956 was a German version of Little Richards `Tutti Frutti`. In mid-1957 his first hit `Susi Rock“ followed and made it to number 8 in the charts. From then until 1964 Kraus was regularly in the German charts. 1958 he recorded `Wenn Teenager träumen“ (When Teenagers Dream), `Hula Baby` and the legendary `Sugar Baby`, 1959 followed his version of Fabian`s `Tiger`. At first Kraus was heavily influenced by Elvis Presley, but soon he managed to find his own style. As the `nice boy from next door` he sang with his female counterpart, teen idol Conny Froboess and appeared with her in movies like 1958 in `Wenn die Conny mit dem Peter` or 1960 in `Conny und Peter machen Musik`. Both advanced to the most beloved big screen stars of German teenagers in the late fifties. 1959 Peter Kraus appeared together with his father Fred Kraus, playing the role of his father, in `Melodie und Rhythmus`.Kraus also published some songs together with Jörg Maria Berg; under the pseudonym The James Brothers the two played German cover versions like 1958 `Wenn` (When), 1959 `Cowboy Billy`, 1960 `Rote Rosen` (Pretty Blue Eyes), `Die jungen Jahre` (Endless Sleep) oder 1964 `Hätt` ich einen Hammer` (If I Had A Hammer), to name a few. He also sang together with Connie Francis, Lill Babs, Danny Mann, Alice and Ellen Kessler, Gus Backus as well as Gina Dobra.