German Schlager singer and actor, born January 25th, 1943 in Bobingen-Straßberg near Augsburg, Germany
German Schlager singer and actor, born January 25th, 1943
Born in Bobingen, Bavarian Swabia, Germany, Black attended the gymnasium in Augsburg and, aged 20, founded the rock and roll band Roy Black and His Cannons. His stage name derived from his black hair and his idol, Roy Orbison.
Roy Black and His Cannons achieved some local fame and were offered a recording contract with Polydor Records. However, his record producer Hans Bertram decided on a solo career for Black, and a switch to romantic songs for his protégé, a decision which soon led to nationwide fame. In 1966, his single "Ganz in Weiß"—a romantic song about marrying in white—sold in excess of one million copies by the end of 1967.His 1969 song "Dein schönstes Geschenk", sold one million copies by May 1970, having spent nine weeks at number one in the German chart.
From 1967, Black also took on roles in several musical comedy films, for example in the 1969 movie Help, I Love Twins opposite Uschi Glas.
In 1974, Black announced his engagement to model Silke Vagts (1945–2002), and the couple got married in Munich the same year. In 1976 their son Torsten was born. They divorced in 1985.
Six years later, Black died of heart failure, in Heldenstein near Mühldorf am Inn.
In 1996 the Television film Du bist nicht allein – Die Roy Black Story was produced, starring Christoph Waltz as Roy Black.
There is a small monument to his name in Velden am Wörthersee, Austria...