Margot Eskens (* August 12, 1936 in Düren, † July 29, 2022 in Wörthersee, Austria) was a German pop singer who was mainly successful in the 1950s and 1960s.
Biography and artistic work
Margot Esken's father Karl Eskens was already a solo entertainer, which brought Margot Eskens into contact with the music business and the entertainment industry at an early age. In 1954, the trained dental assistant Margot Eskens took part as a singer in a Polydor young talent competition, which she won with the title Moulin Rouge. This brought her a record deal with Polydor and meant rapid success on the music market. As early as October 1955 she was noted for the first time in the German Schlager Parade with the recording I would like to go out today and came in third place. In 1956 and 1957 she celebrated her greatest successes with the two number one titles Tiritomba, which sold over 800,000 copies, and Cindy, oh Cindy. Several duets with Silvio Francesco were also well received by the audience. The record of the two with the title Mondschein-Partie sold most frequently in 1959. But she also recorded successful titles with René Carol, Willy Hagara, Udo Jürgens, Will Brandes and Peter Alexander.
The Krefeld producer and lyricist Kurt Feltz, with whom Margot Eskens worked until 1961, was responsible for this success. The new team of producers under Hans Bertram was not able to build on that, but in 1962 the song Ein Herz, das kann man nicht essen achieved considerable success again. With this title, Polydor sent Margot Eskens to the German Schlager Festival in 1962. There she finished third behind Conny Froboess and Siw Malmkvist.
In 1963, Heidi Brühl was nominated directly for the Eurovision Song Contest with the title Marcel. But since she had health problems and participation was not certain, Margot Eskens also recorded the song in order to be able to step in for Brühl if necessary. In 1964, Margot Eskens took part again at the German Schlager Festival in Baden-Baden with the hit Eine Reise in the past, reaching sixth place and finished 10th out of 18 participants.
In the meantime she reached number eight in the charts with Mama in 1964. In the following years she was no longer one of the current hit stars. The change to the record companies CBS and Columbia was no longer reflected in success, and she withdrew from the hit business.
After losing 100,000 marks when the Herstatt Bank collapsed in 1974, she attempted a comeback. This resulted in the release of the singles Life is Beautiful (1975) and Don't Think About Tomorrow (1977). Eskens didn't hit the charts with later singles and albums, but she still made appearances on stage and on television until the early 2010s.
Margot Eskens has appeared in numerous television shows and several films. She was married to her manager Karl-Heinz Münchow (1922-2011), with whom she lived on Wörthersee for a long time. After the death of her husband, she withdrew from public life. She was diagnosed with dementia in 2013 and has been living in a nursing home ever since.
2005: Tuning Fork in Platinum for her 50th stage anniversary
1960: Margot Eskens (10" LP)
1963: Bonjour la France (compilation, a.o. with Margot Eskens)
1964: Serenade of Love
1987: That Feeling
1990: Find tenderness with me
1993: Even sailors are homesick
2009: I for you
2011: Roller Coaster of Love
1971: ... and that's called a show
Margot Eskens at the Internet Movie Database