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 Bert “Fips” Kaempfert

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Bert “Fips” Kaempfert

  • Birth 16 Oct 1923 Hamburg, Germany
  • Death 21 Jun 1980 Islas Baleares, Spain
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Everglades
  • Memorial ID 43201568

Orchestra leader and songwriter. The arranger and producer was born in Hamburg, named Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert. At the age of six he starts to play the piano. His nickname "Fips" was given him when he was a member by Hans Busch and his orchestra. He was serving as a Bandsman in the German Navy while the World War II. During his imprisonment in Denmark he formed his own first Big Band, called "Pik Ass". His own first hit with his Orchestra, was "Wonderland by Night" and had been in 1960. Lots of his tunes became better known as hits for other artists. One of his famos composings is "Strangers in the Night", which became a hit for Frank Sinatra. Also composed by Kaempfert was "Spanish Eyes", it became an Evergreen for Al Martino. Sung in German by Ivo Robić - "Mond guter Freund". Lot of his hits were composed and arranged with the help of his Friend Herbert Rehbein. After their first meeting in 1951, they became Best Friends. He was deeply shocked of Rehbeins death in July 1979. Kaempfert and Rehbein were posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.

Cause of Death: Stroke


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  • Created by: Citizen Friend
  • Added: 17 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43201568
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bert “Fips” Kaempfert (16 Oct 1923–21 Jun 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43201568, ; Maintained by Citizen Friend (contributor 47188858) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Ashes scattered in the Everglades.