A Czech singer who offered thousands and thousands of information and was generally known as the “Sinatra of the East” has died aged 80.
Karel Gott launched virtually 300 albums, beginning within the mid-1960s, promoting tens of thousands and thousands of copies all over the world.
Gott was common behind the Iron Curtain and have become generally known as the “golden voice of Prague”, however he additionally discovered fame in Western Europe, particularly in Germany.
He died late on Tuesday after a protracted and severe sickness, his spouse mentioned.
Gott introduced final month he had acute leukaemia.
He launched his final album in 2018 and was nonetheless common in Germany, Russia and the US, in addition to at dwelling the place he was seen because the king of Czech pop music.
His working life started as an electrician in Prague earlier than he was found as a singer within the metropolis’s dance cafes.
In the course of the communist period, he carried out at dwelling and overseas, together with within the West, which was unusual for Czech musicians.
He sang in a wide range of languages moreover his native Czech, together with Russia, English, German and Italian, transferring to Las Vegas in 1967 the place he picked up ideas from Frank Sinatra.
Video: Karel Gott performs “Someplace” from the musical “West Facet Story” in 1969
Following the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Prague, Gott continued to stay common, regardless of many singers being banned from the stage for political causes.
The identical yr, he represented Austria within the Eurovision Tune Contest, performing the track Hundreds of Home windows.
No-one is aware of what number of information he offered, however the quantity is effectively above 30 million. His 1977 album Karel Gott offered four.5 million copies alone within the Soviet Union. He additionally appeared in 30 movies, normally taking part in himself, Tass information company reported.
He was famend in Germany for singing the title track of an animated cartoon TV sequence Biene Maja (Maja the Bee) and he sang a German cowl model of Lara’s Theme from the hit movie Physician Zhivago.
In his six-decade profession, he was voted the preferred Czech singer 42 instances in an annual ballot.
Czech President Milos Zeman mentioned the singer’s loss of life was “extraordinarily unhappy information for our entire nation.”
Flags flew at half-mast on Wednesday and the federal government mentioned he would have a state funeral.