Peter Kraus

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Peter Kraus (born March 18, 1939) is a German singer and actor.For his biography see: Frank Laufenberg / Ingrid Hake: Rock- und Pop-Lexikon. Vol. 1: ABBA - Kay Kyser. Düsseldorf / Wien: ECON Verlag, 1994, p. 850f

Born Peter Siegfried Krausenecker in Munich, Kraus was popular especially in the 1950s, notably in those musical comedy films where he played opposite Cornelia Froboess.


The son of Austrian born director and comedian Fred Krausnecker spent his youth alternating in Munich, Vienna and Salzburg where his father owned a small theatre. Already during his school years Peter Kraus took singing and acting lessons as well as step dancing classes. His first acting role was the part of Johnny in „Das fliegende Klassenzimmer“ (1954) after the novel by Erich Kästner.


1969 Kraus married the photo model Ingrid. She brought her daughter Gaby into the marriage, whom Kraus adopted later on. A few years later their son Mike was born. Gaby died in her late thirties from breast cancer.


When the German music industry discovered that rock ’n’ roll was a big seller even with German lyrics, they marketed Kraus as an Elvis copy. Kraus soon became – just like his colleague Ted Herold – one of Germany's most popular singer and teen idol, the lanky and nonchalant attitude of the young man was a big hit with teens.Julia Edenhofer: Das große Oldie Lexikon. Mit Hitparaden-Übersicht England, USA, Deutschland....
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