Friday 9 April 1971


Born: April 10th, 1928, Dresden (Germany)
Died: December 26th, 1990, Baden-Baden (West Germany)
Nationality: German

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Rolf-Hans Müller worked as a pianist, composer, and arranger for the Süd West Rundfunk (SWR) radio station in Baden-Baden from 1949. Between 1958 and 1979, he was the conductor of the SWR Tanzorchester, with which he made tours in Asia and America. He composed the music to several films and TV series, amongst which the very popular detective Tatort.


In 1962, the Deutsche Schlagerfestspiele were organized in Baden-Baden; all entrants were accompanied by Müller’s SWR Tanzorchester. The festival was won by Conny Froboess with ‘Zwei kleine Italiener’, a tune by Christian Bruhn and Georg Buschor (arranged by Gerhard Eisenmann) which was to become one of the most famous German-language songs of all time. In 1962, incidentally, the winner of the Schlagerfestspiele automatically became the West German entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest, which was due in Luxembourg. Müller came along to Luxembourg to conduct the festival orchestra for Froboess, who, in spite of high expectations, did not win and landed a fifth spot.


Country – West Germany
Song title – "Zwei kleine Italiener"
Rendition – Conny Froboess
Lyrics – Georg Buschor
Composition – Christian Bruhn
Studio arrangement – Gerhard Eisenmann
Live orchestration – Gerhard Eisenmann
Conductor – Rolf-Hans Müller
Score – 6th place (9 votes)

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