It consisted of a total 21 tracks in a heavyweight gatefold picture sleeve. The Kaempfert tracks were done in his arrangement style, and the Bacharach tracks were done in the American's unique upbeat style. By the s, sales of Kaempfert's music had dropped off somewhat, but he continued to record. His version of the Theme from Shaft was admired by composer Isaac Hayes Template:Citation needed and remained popular with audiences. He expanded the musical scope of his band and recorded in a wide variety of styles.
He also began to play live concerts with his orchestra , beginning in , with a successful appearance at London 's Royal Albert Hall. Kaempfert used many musicians who were available in Germany and other parts of Europe , including many of the same players who played for James Last , Kai Warner and Roberto Delgado.
Drummer Rolf Ahrens supplied the characteristically simple but steady beat, often playing just a snare drum with brushes. It was Geisler who lent his guitar amplifier to The Beatles for their recording session with Tony Sheridan , after the band's own equipment proved to be inadequate for recording purposes. Kaempfert auditioned and signed the Beatles, and recorded two tracks with them during his sessions for Sheridan: " Ain't She Sweet " sung by rhythm guitarist John Lennon and "Cry for a Shadow" an instrumental written by Lennon and lead guitarist George Harrison.
The album and its singles, released by Polydor Records , were the Beatles' first commercially-released recordings. On October 28, , a man walked into the Liverpool music store owned by Brian Epstein and asked for a copy of "My Bonnie", a song recorded by the Beatles but credited to Tony Sheridan. The store did not have it, but Epstein noted the request. He was so intrigued by the idea of a Liverpool band releasing a record that he investigated.
That event led to his discovery of the Beatles and, through his efforts, their signing by George Martin to Parlophone Records after Kaempfert helped them avoid any contractual claim from Polydor. It featured Kaempfert's signature hits. In , Jimi Hendrix included the melody of " Strangers in the Night " in his improvised guitar solo for his famous guitar-burning version of " Wild Thing " at the Monterey Pop Festival. It too featured Kaempfert's major hits.
Many of his hits during the s were composed and arranged with the help of German Herb Rehbein, who became a successful bandleader in his own right. Rehbein's death in shook Kaempfert deeply. It consisted of a total 21 tracks in a heavyweight gatefold picture sleeve. The Kaempfert tracks were done in his arrangement style, and the Bacharach tracks were done in the American's unique upbeat style.
By the s, sales of Kaempfert's music had declined, but he continued to record. His version of the Theme from Shaft was admired by composer Isaac Hayes [ citation needed ] and remained popular with audiences. From until shortly before his death in , close to 40 LP productions with and by Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra were released in Germany alone under the Polydor label.
These albums contain more than productions of his own beautiful compositions together with evergreens and world standards. Polydor considers it a duty to re-release in loose order the more popular albums of this exceptional composer and bandleader with the original tracklistings.