Mary Roos

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Mary Roos (2015)

Mary Roos (born January 9, 1949 in Bingen am Rhein , bourgeois Marianne Rosemarie Böhm, née Schwab) is a German pop singer .

Musical career

Record career


After her first musical appearances in the Hotel Rolandseck of her parents Karl and Maria Schwab in Bingen, she performed in front of more than 800 guests in 1958 when she was nine years old at a summer night party of the carnival club in the neighboring hamlet . Then a record producer noticed her. When she was nine, she released her first record Yes, the fat guys are so cozy; in the movie The Street , she sang the B-side Little Teenager Song in a small role . More singles were created at Polydor . This was followed by live performances with established colleagues under her real first name Rosemarie. In order to follow the fashion of English-sounding artist names, she later swapped the two parts of the name; since then she has performed under the stage name Mary Roos.

From 1961 onwards numerous recordings for various record companies followed. During this time she was artistically accompanied by producer Horst-Heinz Henning , who mainly used cover versions or folk tunes as material, but also his own compositions. Henning licensed many of these recordings to various record labels, often under different artist pseudonyms.

In 1968 their first album, Die kleine Stadt will haben geht’n, was released, a joint production with the Dresden Mozart Choir . In the following year, recordings of well-known children's songs and sung fairy tales followed. The next LP Golden Love was simply a compilation of previous single titles. During this time she lived in Beselich-Obertiefenbach in the Limburg-Weilburg district . Bear Family Records published a first chronological compilation of the recordings from this time under the title Youth Sins 2011 as a 3-CD box.


After a long period of artistic development, she achieved her musical breakthrough in 1970 with the title Arizona Man, a composition by Giorgio Moroder and Michael Holm . For the first time synthesizers (e.g. a stylophone in the intro of the song) were used in a German hit production. Then several LPs were released, again also with Polydor. After the end of the contract in the early 1980s, she published the LP Was ich Fühle at Hansa , as well as individual titles by different authors such as B. Michael Kunze and Dieter Bohlen as singles.

1987 published their preliminary final LP life spür'n . Then she used the birth of her son for a professional break. It wasn't until 1992 that she released another album (Alles was ich want) on da music; her contract with the label has lasted ever since. At the beginning of 1999 she was again in the Top 100 with Unfortunately I love you still, the German version of the US hit Believe by singer and actress Cher , albums with ballads, up-tempo numbers and partly autobiographical texts, mostly in collaboration with Michael Reinecke and Alexander Menke.

From 2000

Mary Roos, 2011

In 2013, Denk was du woll released and for the first time an album outside of the hit scene on Universal. Under the production of Roberto di Gioia a. a. also a Portuguese title by Caetano Veloso (O Leãozinho) and the French Jacques Brel classic Ne me quitte pas . The photographs for the booklet came from jazz trumpeter Till Brönner , who also contributed his composition Adrian . For the first time in her career, Mary Roos went on a sold out solo club tour with the tracks from this album.

German cover versions

As a teenager, she first sang cover versions of contemporary hits by her colleagues such as Caterina Valente (roses are red; Quando Quando), Nana Mouskouri ( I look after the white clouds ), Cornelia Froboess ( two little Italians ; Lady Sunshine and Mister Moon) or Connie Francis ( Handsome strange man; Paradiso ).

Later in her career she was successful with adaptations of well-known international hits. These included u. a. Titles by Diana Ross & The Supremes ( Die Liebe geht leis' - You Can't Hurry Love ), Cat Stevens (I am so rich - Moon Shadow), Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 (Blue Monday - Mas que nada ), Frank Sinatra (So ​​live your life - My Way ), Cliff Richard (I'll go tonight - We Don't Talk Anymore ), Modern Talking (I'm strong only with you - You're My Heart, You're My Soul ) and Cher (Unfortunately I still love you - Believe).

Television and stage

In 1971 she received her first own show series with international star guests under the title Marys Music . This was followed by the program Hans im Glück - The Mary Roos Show, in which she presented well-known children's songs. She also made numerous appearances on the most popular music programs of the time. In 1976, Jim Henson was the first German-speaking artist to produce her own German version for an episode of the Muppet Show . In 1978 she sang the theme song for the animated series Pinocchio and received the Maryland Personality Show , which was sold in 25 countries. In 1964 she sang the song Kellerparty Twist for the film Nebelmörder , which was released in theaters that same year.

In the mid-1970s she took on the role of Magnolia in the musical Showboat at the Münster City Theater under the direction of Samy Molcho . To this day she is present through television appearances and tours on German stages. From 2015 to 2019 she was on tour with Wolfgang Trepper with their joint program Hookers, Coke and Fresh Strawberries . In this show they dismantled the products of the genre as "hit haters". This has been continued since 2020 with more hookers, more coke - fuck the strawberries . In 2018 she took part in the 5th season of the VOX series Sing mein Song - Das Tauschkonzert .

Career abroad

In 1971, Mary Roos played the lead role in French alongside Michel Fugain in the musical Un enfant dans la ville; synchronized for ZDF and broadcast as " To the devil with our time" - but I love it . According to her own statements, she learned most of her French texts only phonetically. Another highlight was a several-week guest performance at the Paris Olympia .

Numerous TV appearances and recordings in France followed by 1977. From 1999 she made isolated French recordings on various albums (Attention fragile; Do you know yet - Je n'oublie pas). In 2009 the compilation Amour Toujours - The French Song Collection with French titles from the years 1972 to 1975 was released on CD. In addition to her work in France, she was trained abroad a. a. invited to the Festival Internacional da Canção Popular in Rio de Janeiro and to the UNICEF gala in Osaka as European representative.

Participation in music competitions

In the young talent competition in the Belgian seaside resort of Knokke , Mary Roos took second place in 1963, where she first attracted attention in neighboring countries. In 1966 she took part in the German Schlagerfestspiele in Baden-Baden and reached 6th place. Three years later she started in 1969 at the Grand Prix RTL International with Die Legende der Liebe (La légende de l'amour). In the same year she started with Everything is slipping out of my hands at the German Schlagerfestspiele .

In 1970 she was brought in at short notice for Edina Pop, who was ill, for the preliminary decision of the Grand Prix d'Eurovision . The second-place title presented here, With Every Kiss , was not released on phonograms. In 1972 she won the German preliminary decision and took third place at the Grand Prix d'Eurovision with Only Love Let Us Live - one of the most successful placements for a German entry. Then she took part in the German preliminary rounds again in 1975 with Eine Liebe ist wie ein Lied and in 1982 in a duet with David Hanselmann (Lady) , but both times failed to qualify for the international competition.

In 1984 she made it into the European final of the Grand Prix d'Eurovision for the second time with Aufrecht geh'n and reached 13th place. In 2010, the entertainer Hape Kerkeling enabled her to participate in the newly founded expert jury of the German delegation in his role as chief spokesman for the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo . In 2013, she was once again on the expert jury for the German preliminary round of Unser Song for Malmö, along with other artists from the music industry. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 she was president of the German jury.

End of career

In February 2019, Mary Roos announced that she would end her musical career at the age of 70. However, there should not be an abrupt end in order to still be able to fulfill existing contracts. In October 2019 she played her last concert as part of the SWR4 Festival in Stuttgart. At the beginning of November 2019, the pop singer appeared on the TV show Schlagerbooom 2019 in the first . She was supposed to do her last TV appearance in the show Schlagerchampions 2020 in mid-January. The TV presenter Florian Silbereisen , however, initiated a surprise show on MDR , in which the unsuspecting Mary Roos was finally bid farewell after 60 years on stage.

Private life

Mary Roos was married to Pierre Scardin from France from 1969 to 1977. He accompanied her career as a manager at home and abroad. Her second marriage was from 1981 to 1989 with the musician Werner Böhm alias Gottlieb Wendehals. Their son Julian (* 1986) comes from this marriage.

Mary Roos ferry, Bingen / Rüdesheim

In March 2017, Mary Roos baptized a car ferry that runs between her home town of Bingen and Rüdesheim am Rhein in her name. The conventionally motorized double-ended ferry was built at the Lux shipyard in Mondorf am Rhein.

Mary Roos has lived alternately in Hamburg-Wellingsbüttel and Braunfels (Hesse) since the turn of the millennium . Her younger sister Monika has also been a successful German-speaking singer under the name Tina York since the 1970s.



Chart successes in the single charts

year Title
Top ranking, total weeks / months, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sourcesTemplate: chart table / maintenance / monthly data
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks / months, awards, notes)
1965 Don't go the way of
youthful sins
DE36 (1½ months)
- -
First published: April 1965
1968 The world has never seen this before
Deutsches Schlager-Gold, Vol. 2
DE19 (2½ months)
- -
First published: December 1968
1969 The best thing about you
Your great successes - Episode 2
DE33 (½ month)
- -
First published: December 1969
1970 Arizona Man
Arizona Man
DE9 (4½ months)
- -
First published: April 1970
In the beginning, love was
Arizona Man
DE36 (½ month)
- -
First published: November 1970
1971 California Night
German Schlager Gold, Vol. 2
DE39 (4 weeks)
- -
First published: August 1971
1972 Only love lets us live /
Wake Me Early in the Morning (English version) /
Nous (French version)
What my songs are made of / Your great successes - Episode 2 / Mary Roos (1972)
DE17 (9 weeks)
- -
First published: March 1972 (DE version)
First published: April 1972 (EN / FR version)
3rd place at the Eurovision Song Contest 1972
He stays here (forever)
German Schlager Gold, Vol. 2
DE39 (3 weeks)
- -
First published: September 1972
1973 Strange girl
Dear John
DE45 (1 week)
- -
First published: February 1973
Dear John,
Dear John
DE40 (2 weeks)
- -
First published: August 1973
1975 A love is like a song
Deutsches Schlager-Gold, Vol. 2
DE50 (1 week)
- -
First published: March 1975
Stop, do that again
German Schlager Gold, Vol. 2
DE44 (2 weeks)
- -
First published: August 1975
1979 I'll go tonight
what I feel
DE25 (12 weeks)
- -
First published: September 1979
Original: Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore
1982 Lady
what I feel
DE31 (10 weeks)
- -
First published: February 1982
with David Hanselmann
1984 Go upright /
I'll Walk Tall (English version) /
Du blues et du bleu (French version)
I'm sorry for no tears (Club Edition) / Mary / Mary
DE56 (4 weeks)
- -
First release: February 1984
13th place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1984
1998 Unfortunately I still love you right in the
DE87 (5 weeks)
- -
First published: December 14, 1998
Original: Cher - Believe

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Mary Roos, Marianne Rosemarie Schwab (66th) - European pop star. Südwestrundfunk (SWR), August 15, 2007, accessed on December 25, 2019 .
  2. ↑ Pop star Mary Roos visits her hometown of Bingen., March 3, 2017, accessed December 25, 2019 .
  3. ^ Georg Ernst: Basement Party Twist - Mary Roos. October 3, 2010, accessed May 20, 2017 .
  4. ^ Biography of Mary Roos. In: Retrieved July 17, 2020 .
  5. ↑ Launch of the ship: Mary Roos is now sailing on the Rhine SWR television
  6. tv programs: program from Friday, December 29, 1972