Son of Udo Juergens. There was no family life on tour.

John Jürgens, son of singer Udo Jürgens.

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Udo Jürgen’s son John does not blame his father for having little time for his family. Having a famous father wasn’t always an advantage.

In the life of singer Udo Jürgens, apart from sold-out concerts, long tours and world-famous hits, there was often little time left for his family. His son John Jürgens never took offense at his famous father.

“As a child, I didn’t feel that way – it was just the way it was,” said Jürgens of the German news agency. A good relationship with children was important to the father. “We didn’t have a lot, but whenever we did, it was very intense.

However, as a child and teenager at boarding school, it wasn’t always an advantage that your father was one of the most famous people in Germany. “There were kids who you didn’t think were so great because of something like that,” said Jürgens, who lives in Munich.

“He even apologized for it”

Even the singer and composer himself was aware that his children did not always have it easy. “He even apologized for it,” the 58-year-old recalled.

Although he accompanied his father on tour at the age of 16, there was not much time for family life. “I was riding in a truck with riders. I was traveling as part of the crew and always in their hotels, not my dad’s. It was a great time, but it was work and not a family holiday,” said Jürgens.

At concerts, he helped behind the stage with sound and light. “Dad was very strict there. He always noticed when I wasn’t in the cone of light because I missed an assignment.”

Singer Udo Jürgens celebrates his 50th birthday in the Kronenhalle in Zurich in 1984: next to him is his mother Käthe Bockelmann and his children Jenny and John.
Singer Udo Jürgens celebrates his 50th birthday in the Kronenhalle in Zurich in 1984: next to him is his mother Käthe Bockelmann and his children Jenny and John.

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His son thinks it’s a shame that Udo Jürgen’s music was ultimately reduced to his success as a hit star. “People confuse it. If you listen to the lyrics to ‘Greek Wine’ for example, it’s not a hit. It has such a crazy message,” said Jürgens.

New album in December – eight years after death

Eight years after the death of Udo Jürgen (1934-2014), the new album “da capo, Udo Jürgens – Stations of a World Career” with 61 songs by the Austrian singer, who also had Swiss citizenship, is released on December 16.

In addition to Jürgen’s great classics, the album also contains previously unreleased versions of some songs, rare live versions and pieces not previously available digitally. The album was curated by Jürgen’s children Jenny and John Jürgens, among others. “When you hear that, you get very close to our father,” Jürgens said.

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