Born: August 8th, 1920, Ibbenbüren (Germany)
Died: January 14th, 2005, Hamburg (Germany)
Alfred Hause played the violin in the Willy Steiner Orchestra between 1945 and 1948. In ’48, he was chosen as the new conductor of the Tanz- und Unterhaltungsorchester of radio broadcaster NWDR (Nordwestdeutsche Rundfunk, broadcasting from Hamburg). In course of the late 1940s and the 1950s, he became known as the ‘German king of tango’, responsible for the creation of a continental tango sound. With his orchestra, he performed in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and made a string of albums, which sold well both in Germany and abroad. In 1961, his composition ‘Bailando a dos’ became the winner of the first-ever Deutsche Schlager-Festspielen. In 1965 and 1967, he toured Japan with his orchestra. Alfred Hause retired in 1973 and was awarded with the Bundesverdienstkreuz in 1996.
In 1965, the West German Eurovision heats were held in Hamburg and Alfred Hause was the musical director of this show, which was won by Ulla Wiesner with ‘Paradies, wo bist du?’, composed by Hans Blum and Barbara Kist, with an arrangement by Paul Biste. Subsequently, Hause accompanied Ulla Wiesner to the Eurovision Song Contest final in Naples and conducted the orchestra for her; the West German entry finished joint-last without a single point.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Alfred Hause will be published on this website
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