Bravo 7 July 1977 (Japan)

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David Batt of Japan on the cover of Bravo of 7 July 1977 — 7/7/77. This week 41 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Neil Diamond is becoming an actor
• New singer: Andy Gibb, the little brother of the Bee Gees
• How new-fangled actor Sylvester Stallone had a hit with Rocky
• Introducing new band Japan (still without David Sylvain)
• The Rubettes on their Germany tour
• At home with Linda Blair
• How chief punks The Damned flopped in the USA
• The Kinks: “Still the kings” (ugh!)
• Reader Annette Ottow flew to LA to present David Cassidy with a Bravo Otto
• The craziest Beatles photos
• New acting star Beau Bridges
• Women are taking over the charts: Bonnie Tyler, Baccara, Julie Covington, Silver Convention, Ireen Sheer, Penny McLean, Marianne Rosenberg, Katja Epstein, Siw Inger, Elke Best and Jeanne, all in the charts at the same time!!!

Fritz Wepper 1972

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German actor Fritz Wepper on the cover of Bravo of 5 July 1972

Wepper was on TV at the time as junior police detective Harry Klein in the hugely popular series Der Kommissar. Towards the end of that series, he transferred — character and all — to the new detective series Derrick, where the titular character’s command to Harry to fetch the car has become a cultural reference in Germany.

He also appeared in the 1972 film Cabaret as Fritz Wendel, the guy who has a crush on Liza Minelli’s Sally Bowles. “And here’s the craziness: I like it. God damn it!”