Tante Olga and Udo Lindenberg
From the early 1960s, the Tante Olga bar in the middle of the entertainment district was particularly notorious. It was fittingly located halfway between the church towers of the Evangelical and Catholic parishes. It is fun to stand in front of what is now a dark red-painted residential building with your eyes half-closed and imagine open-hearted bar girls entertaining the shipmen as they did until the late 1960s, who were joined every so often by brave kids from the Beat movement. Among them was Udo Lindenberg, now Germany’s greatest rock legend. After his first wild years in Düsseldorf, he studied drums at the Duisburg Conservatory, and spent the nights at Tante Olga. It was in this bar that the soft pop singer Benny Quick, who had a hit with his song “Motorbiene”, encouraged him to become a rock musician. “I asked him whether being a pop singer is a cool job. Of course it is, he said: long cars, long cheques, women and men available in large numbers. OK, I thought, that’s what I want to do,” Lindenberg explained to the “Handelsblatt” newspaper a few years ago.
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