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Jürgen Ludwig Drews, a German Schlager singer, was born on April 2, 1945, in Nauen, near Berlin. His varied career has had a lasting impact on the music industry.
Drews, who is widely recognized for his exuberant live shows and alluring stage presence, has been referred to as the “King of Mallorca,” a title that pays tribute to his significant impact on the music business as well as his love of the Spanish island where he currently resides.
Drews’s musical career started in Schleswig, the city where he was raised. His father’s family was Huguenot and had spent two generations in Brandenburg, while his mother was the daughter of famous opera singer and head director Georg Buttlar. Originally intending to study medicine at the University of Kiel, Drews decided to pursue his love of music instead.
Recognized as Schleswig-Holstein’s Best Banjo Player at the age of fifteen, Drews showcased his early skill in a jazz ensemble called the Schnirpels. He pursued music throughout his time at school, performing with a group named “The Monkeys.” With “Chimes of Freedom,” a Kiel-based band that would eventually become “Die Anderen” (The Others), he started performing psychedelic rock.
Drews debuted as an actor in the 1967 German comedy “To Hell with the Paukern.” In the 1970s, he also played solo guitar for the band “Les Humphries Singers.” Drews enjoyed great success as a solo artist after that. He gained notoriety for his 1976 German number-one hit, “Ein Bett im Kornfeld,” which was a rendition of the Bellamy Brothers’ song “Let Your Love Flow.”
The German-speaking music industry was where Drews found most of his success, although in January 1981, he had a mediocre hit in the US with “Don’t Want No-Body,” which was credited to JD Drews. This song, which was released by Toni Basil under the name “Nobody,” reached number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The moniker “King of Mallorca,” bestowed upon Jürgen Drews by Thomas Gottschalk, has come to symbolize him ever since the German TV series “Wetten, das…?” Drews accepted the title, an appropriate acknowledgment of his significant influence on the music scene of the Spanish island which he has visited on several occasions.
Drews expanded his commercial ventures in January 2011 with the opening of “King of Mallorca – Cult Bistro,” a restaurant in Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Embellished with mementos and awards from Drews’s illustrious musical career, the restaurant transformed into a hub of culture. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shut down in August 2020.
Is Jürgen Drews Dead?
Jürgen Drews is alive and he is currently 78 years old.