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Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany (1925 – 2014)

Fred Bertelmann (7 October 1925 – 22 January 2014) was a German singer and actor.

Bertelmann was born in Duisburg. Aged 9 he became a chorister and later also studied cello, trumpet, guitar and singing.

In World War II, he fought in the Wehrmacht but then became a prisoner of war and was sent to Alabama, where he first heard of swing music. After his return to Germany he founded his own band and often performed in American GI clubs in… read more

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