Jürgen Marcus 1975


Schlager singer Jürgen Marcus on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 1 January 1975. That tie-knot is magnificently big.


Ilja Richter 1975


Ilja Richter, presenter of the music show Disco and very unfunny comic actor, on a single-page poster in Bravo of 1 January 1975.

Richter’s Disco show ran monthly on Saturdays, in 1974/75 in the early evening. The mix was eclectic: one or two international stars, a few German singers, here and there an up-and-coming act. It was really well produced, far superior to Britain’s To of the Pops. And any German who grew up in the 1970s will remember Richter’s catchphrases: “Hallo Freunde” (to which the audience would respond: “Hallo Ilja”), and, to announce the monthly competition winner who sat in the studio: “Licht aus (WOMM); Spot an…”


Bravo 1 Jan 1975 (Tina Turner)


Tina Turner features on the cover of Bravo of 1 January 1975. That week 43 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Ike & Tina Turner’s sold-out 13-city US tour (see article below)
• How Freddie is king in Queen
• Neil Diamond’s appearance on German TV while running a fever
• Elton John’s “bird of paradise” hope
• German music TV show presenter’s Ilja Richter’s “serious” student girlfriend
• Two girls speak about being “seduced against their will” (what we now call date-rape)

Here’s the Ike & Tina Turner article. I predict a long career together yet for the two.