Siegel�s hits: new album with Jazz versions

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A German band of three musicians, called Daerr/Sieverts/Jütte, has recorded a album with 13 cover versions of Ralph Siegel�s best known songs in a Jazz tune. The album is called Germany 12 points!, in dedication to Ralph Siegel�s frequent attendance at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ralph Siegel keeps the record in having composed the most Eurovision Song Contest entries. All in all, he was responsible for 14 German entries (1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003) and 3 songs for Luxembourg (1974, 1980, 1985). Furthermore, he has composed the Swiss entry for 2006 which will be presented for the first time on 18th January. The album contains Jazz versions of the following songs:

1. Du kannst nicht immer 17 sein
2. Dschingis Khan (German entry in 1979, sung by Dschingis Khan)
3. Griechischer Wein
4. Ein bisschen Frieden I (German entry in 1982, sung by Nicole)
5. Dschingis Khan (see above)
6. Do you speak English
7. Theater (German entry in 1980, sung by Katja Ebstein)
8. Dann heirat doch dein Büro
9. Moskau
10. Dschingis Khan (reggae) (see above)
11. Fiesta mexicana
12. Ein bisschen Frieden II
13. Laß' die Sonne in dein Herz (German entry in 1987, sung by Wind)

There are two different versions of Ein bisschen Frieden: it is the only winning song for Germany in the contest and also for Ralph Siegel. Katja Ebstein has sung Dann heirat doch dein Büro – she represented Germany three times in the Eurovision Song Contest: in 1970, she finished third with the song Wunder gibt es immer wieder, in 1971 she repeated her third place with the song Diese Welt. In 1980 she had a comeback at the contest with Ralph Siegel�s song Theater, which brought a second place to Germany.

Moskau is another Dschingis Khan song, which was even more succesful than Dschingis Khan, though both songs reached the first place in the German single charts. Griechischer Wein was among others sung by Udo Jürgens, who represented Austria three times in a row in the 1960s, giving the country its only victory in 1966 with Merci Chérie.

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