Drafi Franz Richard Deutscher (known professionally as Drafi Deutscher) was a German singer, producer and writer. He was born 9 May 1946 in Charlottenburg, in the western zone of Berlin.
Between 1964 and 1966, Deutscher had a string of hits in Germany, for example Shake Hands (1964, #1), Keep Smiling (1964, #7), Cinderella Baby (1965, #3), Heute male ich dein Bild, Cindy-Lou (1965, # 1).
His best known song was "Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht" ("Marble, Stone and Iron Break") in 1965 which sold over one million copies, and awarded a golden record. In the US, the song was released in 1966 under the title "Marble, Stone and Iron Break" with English lyrics sung by Deutscher. This English version entered the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1966, peaking at #80, and sparking a number of English cover versions by contemporary acts such as The Deejays (under the title “Dum Dum (Marble Breaks and Iron Bends)”), as well as by the two Australian acts Peter Fenton and Toni & Royce (aka Toni McCann and Royce Nicholas), none of which seem to have charted.
As his career in Germany was in full swing it was however shaken by a 1967 conviction for public indecency (Erregung öffentlichen Ärgernisses) after he had urinated from a balcony while drunk, in plain view of a group of schoolchildren watching him from street level. After his 1967 conviction for public indecency, he virtually disappeared from the public eye as a singer for more than a decade, writing and producing several worldwide hits for Boney M, Nino de Angelo and Tony Christie (see Post #138) throughout the 1970s under a number of pen names instead.
During the late 70's, he went by various pseudonyms, including Mr. Walkie-Talkie – an act which saw notable commercial success particularly in the Benelux countries. And here for download is his only hit single in Australia, “Be My Boogie Woogie Baby” (Philips 6003 527), which would only reach #62 but oddly enough, staying for a whopping 33 weeks in the Top 100. The song as well as “Lolly Loving Cop” is featured on the album Happy Rummel Music. In 1978, he changed his name to Jack Goldbird, releasing a few singles from 1979 until 1983, one of them being “Can I Reach You” which was a moderate success in Germany.
In 1982, a biopic loosely inspired by Deutscher's life was released to German theatres under the title of his greatest hit, 1965's Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht, in which he appeared in a small cameo role.
In November 1998, Deutscher suffered two strokes, followed by a breakdown in 1999 due to increasing diabetes. He nevertheless continued touring, celebrating his 40-year stage anniversary in 2003. On 9 June 2006 (11 years ago on this very day), Deutscher died from heart failure in 2006 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, at the age of 60. He was married to Isabel Varell from 1989 to 1991. FLAC