Herbert Grönemeyer is a German musician and actor and is very popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He starred as war correspondent Lieutenant Werner in Wolfgang Petersen's movie "Das Boot", but later concentrated on his musical career. His fifth album "4630 Bochum" (1984) was the best-selling German language record of all time. In 2002 he achieved his first number one single with "Mensch" from the album of the same name, which was strongly influenced by the 1998 deaths of his wife Anna and brother Wilhelm (both dying within one week of cancer).
Herbert's forays into the English language have met with very little success as his typical lyrics, full of wordplay, proved impossible to translate well. He remains mostly unknown outside the German language countries.
He recently recorded the official anthem to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 'Zeit, dass sich was dreht'. It topped the German charts for numerous weeks.
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