German Schlager singer Chris Roberts on a superposter in Bravo in August 1974. Nobody told him that cigarette smoke makes his hair, clothes and breath stink?
A softly-spoken singer of typical clap-along Schlager music, Roberts was born in 1944 as Christian Klusáček — a name that really does require a stage moniker. His mother was German; his father Yugoslavian. Since that liaison was illicit under the Nazis, young Christian didn’t get German citizenship. For 72 years, Roberts remained without citizenship. He applied for a German passport in April 2016, received it a year later, and died in July 2017.