His songs have shaped generations and absolutely unforgotten are his hits such as “Michaela” and “Schwarze Madonna” from the seventies.
Born on September 30th, 1939 in Belgrade, Bata Illic released his first single recording in 1967. Shortly followed by the next song “Mit verbundenen Augen”, performed by Bata Illic in the very first “ZDF-Hitparade”, written by Karl Götz and Kurt Hertha both being long-term MELODIE DER WELT writers (photo f.l.: Bata Illic and Karl Götz). The Dutch cover-version “Met geschloten Ogen” by Theo Diepenbrock was even awarded with Gold.
Also, all of his other singles – many of them published by MELODIE DER WELT – were able to be placed successfully in the hit-parades, such as “Die Liebe kommt am Abend” (Karl Götz/Kurt Hertha), “Ich hab noch Sand in den Schuhen aus Hawaii” (Henry Mayer/Fred Jay), “Ich möcht’ der Knopf an deiner Bluse sein” (Christian Bruhn/Günther Behrle), “Ein Souvenir von Marie Antoinette”, “Schwarze Madonna” and “Mädchen mit den traurigen Augen” (all written by Henry Mayer/Günther Behrle).
Certainly, “Michaela” (Robert Puschmann/Jean Frankfurter/Werker Krisch) is and will remain the most famous song. “Michaela” was his first #1 Hit in Germany in 1972, being an Evergreen today, and is a guarantee to leave a jolly mood with the audience. “Michaela” always creates an exuberant atmosphere. Whether Carnival in the Rhineland or Octoberfest in Munich: “Michaela” is part of it and conquers every audience.
Many of these Evergreens are available through MELODIE DER WELT:
Single edition for piano/voice, order no.: 7078/01/10
Edition for Big Band, order no.: 7078/41/10
Mädchen mit den traurigen Augen
Edition for Big Band, order no.: 11876/41/10
Ich hab noch Sand in den Schuh'n aus Hawaii
Single edition for piano/voice, order no.: 11134/01/10
Edition for Big Band, order no.: 4618/41/10
Ich möcht der Knopf an deiner Bluse sein
Edition for Big Band, order no.: 12728/41/10
Single edition for piano/voice, order no.: 9043/01/10
Edition for Big Band, order no.: 9043/41/10