Born: May 23rd, 1928, Hannover-Linden (Germany)
From 1943 onwards, Hans-Bernd Blum studied at the Heeresmusikschule Bückeberg. After the war and his release from a French prisoner of war camp, he became a double-bass player in the Bernd-Rabe-Swingtett. Later onwards, he formed ensembles himself, the Geller-Quintett (1948) and the Hansen Quintett (1951). Later onwards, he scored a number one hit as a singer, ‘Charly Brown’ (1959). In the 1960s, Blum was extremely successful as a composer of German schlagers (hit songs), including ‘Beiß nicht gleich in jedem Apfel’ for Wenche Myhre (winning song in the 1966 Schlagerfestspiele), ‘Zucker im Kaffee’ for Erik Silvester, and ‘Harlekin’ for Siw Malmkvist (winning song in the 1968 Schlagerfestspiele). In 1974, he returned to the spotlights as a vocalist himself, using the pseudonym Henry Valentino; amongst his biggest hit songs are ‘Ich hab’ dein Knie geseh’n’ (1974) and ‘Im Wagen vor mir’ (a duet with Uschi in 1977).
Hans Blum participated four times in the Eurovision Song Contest for West Germany.
In 1965, he composed ‘Paradies, wo bist du?’ (in collaboration with Barbara Kist) for Ulla Wiesner; this song came joint-last in the contest in Naples and was conducted by Alfred Hause. In 1967 and 1969, he composed, wrote, arranged, and conducted the entries ‘Anouschka’ and ‘Primaballerina’ for Inge Brück and Siw Malmkvist respectively; both songs finished in the middle part of the scoreboard. In 1986, Blum participated for a last time with his composition ‘Über die Brücke geh’n’, which he conducted himself in the contest in Bergen, Norway; sung by Ingrid Peters, this song came eighth in a field of twenty participating countries.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Hans Blum will be published on this website
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