Rolf Soja

Born: April 23rd, 1947, Soest (West Germany, nowadays: Germany)
Died: October 9th, 2018, Muskoka Lakes (Canada)
Nationality: German

In the 1970s, Rolf Soja worked in Hamburg, West Germany, as a composer, arranger, and record producer. With lyricist Frank Dostal, he was responsible for all international hits of Spanish duo Baccara, including ‘Yes sir, I can boogie’ and ‘Sorry I’m a lady’ (both from 1977). Besides composing film music, Soja also wrote songs for Claude François, Hildegard Knef, Nana Mouskouri, and Waterloo & Robinson. In 1977, he composed a song which participated in the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Rolf Soja has lived in Canada since the 1980s.

Rolf Soja composed and conducted a Eurovision entry for Luxembourg on two occasions. In 1978, he came up with ‘Parlez-vous français’, with which Baccara failed to impress on the Eurovision stage in Paris. Eight years later, in 1986, Soja was more successful with a Canadian singer, Sherisse Laurence, who sang his ‘L’amour de ma vie’. This entry finished third behind Sandra Kim (Belgium) and Daniela Simons (Switzerland).

In due course, a more extensive biography of Rolf Soja will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1978: Parlez-vous français?
1986: L'amour de ma vie