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Rolf Zukowski shaped generations with his children’s songs. Today, the Hamburg singer-songwriter celebrates his 75th birthday. He spends his big day with his wife in Paris.

Five years ago, Rolf Zukowski made a promise to his wife. After a grand celebration of his 70th birthday, she said before going to bed, “I don’t want to celebrate that big again.” So he promised: “In my seventy-fifth, we’ll do something.” The singer-songwriter said this a few days ago on the NDR Talk Show.

On the 75th birthday of two people in the city of love

Zhukovsky also revealed the couple’s plans for the show: “I’m so glad we’re going to Paris. We’ll be there for three days around my birthday, in the city of love.” The program also included a concert given by artist Anne Sella, who was singing in the city on her birthday.


video: Singer and composer Rolf Zukowski (15 minutes)

Zuckowski songs are catchy tunes, some of which you will never get rid of. The Hamburg-based singer-songwriter is one of the most commercially successful artists in Germany with over 20 million records sold. He started on vinyl and now has his own Tik-Tok channel with nearly 90,000 fans. The Hamburg singer-songwriter has long since retired from the stage.

Rolf Zukowski writes about his life

Hamburg musician Rolf Zukowski in April 2022 in Laichle with guitar © Ulrich Perrey / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++ Photo: Ulrich Perrey

“Music is the best way to keep a child alive,” says singer-songwriter Rolf Zukowski in Hamburg. “That’s why I really want to stay a singer.”

In his new autobiography A Little Bit of Courage, a Little Bit of Happiness, the singer-songwriter talks about his work with and for families, children, and adults. “As a songwriter, you always have to be lucky enough to meet people, get to know ideas, and choose things to make a song out of,” Zukowski says. “The courage to keep going is part of it. In that sense, it’s part of my life motto or my life experience.”

It’s a musical life that began in 1947 in Hamburg Winterhood. Things are already going for Rolf Zukowski with the Beathovens, his school band at the Albrecht-Thaer-Gymnasium. As a result, he celebrates his first hits and also gets to know his wife Monica. As a young father, he came up with the idea to compose contemporary children’s music thanks to his daughter.

“The heart still beats when the children sing my songs”

At the age of 14, Zhukovsky received his first guitar from his father. At least The Beathovens made it to the Beach Boys opening show. But after the birth of his children and his first hit “Du da, im Radio”, Zhukovsky’s passion for music became a career.

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Children's songwriter Rolf Zukowski.  © Michael Philip Bader, Photo: Michael Philip Bader

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Whole generations now know the songs of “Rolf and His Friends”. He admits, “I still get palpitations when I hear the kids sing my songs.” Zukowski’s greatest hits include “In der Weihnachtsbäckerei”, “… und quite a doll mich” adapted from Volker Lechtenbrink’s song – and above all the song “Die Vogelhochzeit”, played in children’s rooms of cassette recorders for decades, and CD players Compressed, Bluetooth speaker sounds.

Work with many pop stars, multiple prizes

But the entire work of Zhukovsky includes much more: about 800 songs. He is a singer, lyricist, composer and producer. Zhukovsky works with such famous stars as Nana Mouskouri, Paula, Demis Roussos and Julian Weirding. He designed the concept album “Tabaluga” for Peter Maffei and wrote the title “Nessaja” (I Didn’t Want to Grow Up) for him. Zuckowski directs radio programs and has already won several awards for his life’s work – including “Echo” in 2008.

Hamburger Singer-Songwriter: A Few Hundred Songs in My Head

When asked how many songs he can remember out of the roughly 800 songs, the musician answered on NDR TV in May: “Sure a few hundred, but not 800. I once did a tour where kids and parents listened to the songs I said, ‘Any piece can be wished for.'” Muna. I had about 300 to 400 songs on hand. The rest came from the songbooks I had on stage.”

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Hamburg musician Rolf Zukowski in April 2022 in Laichle with guitar © Ulrich Perrey / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++ Photo: Ulrich Perrey

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The musician influenced generations with his children’s songs. Hamburger is now celebrating its 75th birthday. 4 minutes

His wife sings to him, “How beautiful it is to be born.”

By the way, it may be that Zhukovsky’s wife Monica will sing him one of his greatest songs on the day of his 75th birthday. In 2017, he said in an interview with the NDR program “DAS!”: “How nice that you were born / Otherwise I would have missed you so much” – well, I really like that my wife sings it in my ear. She did it on the morning of her birthday. It still makes a lot of sense and I’m happy with that. Even if my grandchildren or friends sang it over the phone – the song always kept its own sound.”

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Singer-songwriter Rolf Zukowski © screenshot

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With more than 20 million records sold, Rolf Zukowski is one of the most successful artists in the country. 34 minutes

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