Saturday, July 10, 2010

German Singer Lolita has Died At Age 79

Lolita (real name Edith "Ditta" Zusa Einzinger), whose 1960 German-language tune, "Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea)" reached #5 in the U.S. in 1960, died Wednesday(June 30) of cancer in Salzburg, Austria. She was 79. She was a kindergarten nurse in Austria when she was discovered on a radio program and began recording in 1957. Considered a one-hit wonder, she did manage a couple of American follow-ups (again in German) to "Sailor"-- "Cowboy Jimmy Joe" (#94-1961) and "Theme From 'A Summer Place'" (#112-1961).