HQ-Video. Drafi Deutscher - Marmor,Stein und Eisen bricht (1965). Video not available to viewers living in Germany.
Drafi Franz Richard Deutscher (known professionally as Drafi Deutscher; 9 May 1946 – 9 June 2006) was a German singer and songwriter of Sinti origin.
His best known song was the 1965 Schlager "Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht" (lit. "Marble, Stone and Iron Break") which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a golden record. 19-year-old Deutscher had ad-libbed the tune during an October 1965 audition at Musikverlag Edition Intro Gebrüder Meisel GmbH by humming the melody and only singing the characteristic chorus line of "Dum-Dum, Dum-dum"; asked by present songwriter Christian Bruhn what he intended to do with it to turn it into a complete song, he replied, "Det machst du! ("I want you guys to take care of it for me!"), so songwriter Günter Loose subsequently wrote the German lyrics to the melody.
In the US, the song was released in 1966 under the title Marble breaks and iron bends 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. The song later featured in the 2006 film Beerfest, during the Oktoberfest scene.
After his 1967 verdict 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 throughout the 1970s under a number of pen names instead.
In the fall of 1986, he achieved success with his duo, Mixed Emotions, together with Oliver Simon, and their single You Want Love (Maria, Maria ...), a collaboration which sparked three more follow-up hit singles in a row by 1987, a TV theme hit in 1988 (Running Wild, used for an episode of the crime series Eurocops), and by its success finally inspired him to release his first new album under his real name in two decades, 1989's Über Grenzen geh'n (lit. "Crossing frontiers").
Deutscher also worked with Christopher Evans Ironside, collaborating with him in the band named Masquerade, and on their co-written hit "Guardian Angel".
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