Roy Black (singer)

Gerhard Höllerich (25 January 1943 – 9 October 1991), known professionally as Roy Black, was a German schlager singer and actor, who appeared in several musical comedies and starred in the 1989 TV series, Ein Schloß am Wörthersee.

Roy Black
Background information
Birth nameGerhard Höllerich
Born(1943-01-25)25 January 1943
Bobingen, Bavarian Swabia, Germany
Died9 October 1991(1991-10-09) (aged 48)
Heldenstein, Bavaria, Germany
GenresRock, schlager
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active1963–1991
Associated acts


Born in Bobingen, Bavarian Swabia, Germany, Black attended the gymnasium in Augsburg and, aged 20, founded the rock and roll band Roy Black and His Cannons. His stage name derived from his black hair and his idol, Roy Orbison.

Roy Black and His Cannons achieved some local fame and were offered a recording contract with Polydor Records. However, his record producer Hans Bertram decided on a solo career for Black, and a switch to romantic songs for his protégé, a decision which soon led to nationwide fame. In 1966, his single "Ganz in Weiß"—a romantic song about marrying in white—sold in excess of one million copies by the end of 1967.[1] His 1969 song "Dein schönstes Geschenk", sold one million copies by May 1970, having spent nine weeks at number one in the German chart.[1]

From 1967, Black also took on roles in several musical comedy films, for example in the 1969 movie Help, I Love Twins opposite Uschi Glas.

In 1974, Black announced his engagement to model Silke Vagts (1945–2002), and the couple got married in Munich the same year. In 1976 their son Torsten was born. They divorced in 1985.

Six years later, Black died of heart failure, in Heldenstein near Mühldorf am Inn.[2]

In 1996 the Television film Du bist nicht allein – Die Roy Black Story was produced, starring Christoph Waltz as Roy Black.

There is a small monument to his name in Velden am Wörthersee, Austria


  • 1966 - Roy Black
  • 1967 - Roy Black 2
  • 1968 - Ich denk' an Dich
  • 1969 - Ich hab' Dich lieb
  • 1969 - Concerto d'amour
  • 1970 - Im Land der Lieder
  • 1970 - Für Dich allein
  • 1971 - Wo bist Du?
  • 1971 - Eine Liebesgeschichte
  • 1972 - Träume in Samt und Seele
  • 1972 - Wunderbar ist die Welt
  • 1973 - Grün ist die Heide
  • 1973 - Hier und mit Dir
  • 1974 - Roy Black und die Fischer-Chöre (with the Fischer-Chöre)
  • 1976 - Liebe, wie sie Dir gefällt
  • 1978 - Neue Lieder
  • 1986 - Herzblut
  • 1988 - Schwarz auf weiß
  • 1989 - Ein Hauch von Sinnlichkeit
  • 1990 - Zeit für Zärtlichkeit
  • 1991 - Rosenzeit


Selected filmography


  1. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 201 & 254. ISBN 978-0-214-20512-5.
  2. Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1990–1991". Retrieved 2015-08-24.
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