WERNER HASS, Es gibt nur ein Hotel Berlin in Berlin, 1976

A record that was given to visitors of the Hotel Berlin. The song boasts how “There is only one Hotel Berlin in Berlin“, but there doesn´t seem to be anything remarkable about this bland concrete building. I guess the hotel really needed the advertisement.

Today it´s gone, at least I couldn´t find it. The cartoon on the back of the sleeve, illustrating the fitness-fashion of the 70´s, was again done by Ane.

Werner Hass was a successful East-German singer who started recording together with his sister Ilse in the late 40´s. He recorded an early German version of  Shake Rattle and Roll (Simsalabim), in 1956 but after getting banned from East-German stages in 1958 he immigrated to West-Germany and continued his career.

Werner Hass did another advertisement record that I posted here. The song Trimmen is about a guy who refuses to do sports and gets drunk instead. Here´s a fitness related clip:

WERNER HASS, Es gibt nur ein Hotel Berlin in Berlin, 1976

WERNER HASS, Trimmen – Trimmen, 1976

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3 Comments on “WERNER HASS, Es gibt nur ein Hotel Berlin in Berlin, 1976”

  1. Nantes Inferno says:

    Of course the hotel still exists. It’s located here:
    Hotel Berlin, Berlin Lützowplatz 17, 10785 Berlin. At least the address is correct. But I guess it was relaunched about ten years ago, so I suppose it looks different now because I didn’t notice the unimpressive building when I was in this area for the last time. You can find further information (in German) about its history and past here: http://www.hotel-berlin.de/das-hotel/hotel-historie.html I can remember once having Sunday’s launch with my parents there when I was a child back in the days of old West-Berlin. It must be in the early 80’s, maybe around 1984/85. But the cover catches the mood pretty well: My mom and dad as well as I annoyed its characteristic “Mief” (fug)-atmosphere even then – and I still remember that after all these years. It looks like what was modern in the so called “Golden 50’s” – but surely not three decades later. You see, the hotel was indeed very well known – if not famous – among both, tourists and Berliners, but it has become old-fashioned yet long before the wall came down…

  2. mischalke04 says:

    Thank you for your instructive corrections. I will need to visit the place sometime and take some photos to show how it looks now.

    Vielen Dank für die freundliche Berichtigung. Ich bin eben doch kein Journalist, der erst schreibt, nachdem er sorgfältig recherchiert hat und dieser Blog ist auch nur ein heiterer Zeitvertreib, den ich nur zu meinem Vergnügen mache. Aber es macht auch immer noch Spaß etwas, wie zum Beispiel diese Schallplatte, in dieses Internet hineinzutun, das da vorher noch nicht war. Einen Besuch werde ich dem Hotel Berlin bei Gelegenheit jedenfalls mal abstatten. Die Geschichte des Hotel Berlin hätte eine kleine Story verdient.

    Alles Gute
    Andreas

  3. Nantes Inferno says:

    Hi Andreas!
    Noch ein kleiner Nachtrag: Da es sich bei dem Hotel offensichtlich um einen dieser herrlich morbiden lost places aus dem untergegangenen West-Berlin (mein persönlicher Favorit übrigens zur Zeit das Motel AVUS) handelt, hätte ich mir doch besser vorher den Werbefilm zu dem heutigen “Hotel Berlin.Berlin” (Sic!) ansehen sollen. In der Tat ist das Gebäude dort (fast) nicht wieder zu erkennen. Ob es sich dabei um das mir bekannte Anwesen handelt, kann ich nicht sicher sagen, zumal die Adresse von der in dem Schlager von Werner Hass (“Kurfürstenstraße”) geringfügig abweicht. In jedem Fall reicht jedoch das Betrachten des Covers und das Anhören aus, um auch ohne Nachzuschauen exakt die Atmosphäre, die das Hotel damals ausstrahlte, einatmen zu können…

    Best regards,
    Urban


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