Karel Gott, the most famous Czech singer, the king of pop music, who’s name has been decorated already for four decades by the attribute “The golden voice of Prague” or “Sinatra of the East”, is one of the biggest legends of the czech musical history, and that in both modern, as well as classical music. At the same time he’s one of the most important non-anglophone interpreters of popmusic worldwide scene. Even his popularity has been unbelievable, it has reach actually all the generations and it has been lasting without any bigger swings or breaks for more than 40 years. At the field of this music genre we would rather hardly find similar comparisons – in this directions he’s a true phenomenon.
Karel Gott was born on 14. 7. 1939 in Pilsen, the capital of West Bohemia (“Gott” is his real surname, no “Gottar” as some sources mention). He wanted always to become a painter and after having left the ground school, he tried to study the art of painting but he did not succeed. After he has not passed, he went to study to become an electrician. During the study years, he has sticked to his other big love – music and singing. During the 50s he has occassionally performed at the same time as singer – amateur and he’s participated at several singing contests. He has drawn the attention to his person for the first time already in 1957, which means during the time of the fading swing era in Europe. He has flopped in the jury’s opinion, but nevertheless he has been offered an exceptional proposal of an engagement in Prague dance cafés, where the best czech orchestras (eg. Karel Krautgartner) have been playing at that time. Beside his job he has managed to perform as half-professional singer as well.
In 1957, he wins the first spot in amateur singer contest, but first in 1959 he decides to leave the job definitively and he sticks at professional niveau to the singing only. At the Prague conservatory he studies until 1963 opera singing at the professor Karenin (the student of the most famous russian singer of all times – Saljapin) and until 1966 he continues to study externally. But the first real success do not come so fast – he wakes mixed and controverse feelings in the audience – it gets hardly used to his show, which is completely different from the usual trends in the current dance music, which still stands in the shadow of the old times at the beginning of the 60s in Europe. First the era of twist and beat in 1962 has brought a new life to the european pop music, from this era many stars and small stars have risen, even though most of them has been forgotten in the course of time. But this was also a chance, which even Karel Gott has been waiting for…
In 1962 Karel Gott has been offered an engagement at the most famous, by that time still new, Prague music theatre “Semafor”, which was one of the other theatres, that have been estimating the development of the modern pop music in Bohemia. And especially this fact has meant the fundamental break in the career of Karel Gott. Already during this year, thanks to his duett “When we get twice as old” with one of the most important jazz female singers Vlasta Průchová, he has won the national radio chart. In 1963 has his song Snow-drift-eyes, from the songwriter workshop of Semafor, become a true dynamite when it has been announced as the absolutely biggest hit of the year. With many further hits, Karel Gott finds himself for the first time at the absolute top and he has been announced as the most popular singer in the national public polls “The Golden Nightingale ’63”, which means a true rocket start for Karel Gott.
In 1965, after having left Semafor, Karel Gott grounds together with his new co-workers the Štaidl brothers songwriter Jiří and the compositor and musician Ladislav his own theatre scene Apollo and he becomes its main star until 1967, when the theatre has been solved and Karel Gott leaves for a 7-month long engagement into the USA (Las Vegas). Hereby the period of the 60s ends and the period of the beginnings of Karel Gott as well, the time which has been larded by a whole range of hits.
At the end of the 60s, the era of small music theatres, where the czech modern music has been born, is gone, their biggest fame has disappeared. After the period of rock’n’roll, twist and beat, a new style is rising, called the “mainstream”. From the USA, a new, rather exchanged Karel Gott comes back, the rather unsure, modest young boy is gone. The truly new Karel Gott is coming, a complete and self-confident professional. After the huge success in the USA, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, where his first (and already a golden one) album is released and when his name is starting to be decorated with the decorating attribute “The golden voice of Prague”, he starts to work with full verve with new projects. Again, we become witnesses of one hit bigger than another, now the time of the famous “Lady Carneval” is here…
During the 70s and 80s, the star way of Karel Gott continues, lined by tens of the most important prizes, gold, silver, diamant and platina records, which he collects like it was on “an endless band”, including the prices for the most popular singer in the public pull “The golden Nightingale”. He performs in top form at the domestic scene, as well as elsewhere in Europe, in the USA, in Asia, he travels from one side of the world to the other, he expands his repertoire to practically all the genres, from pop, over the folk songs to classical music. He releases one hit after the other, one album follows the other, so do the TV shows, but he even appears in some full-length pictures, played as well as documentaries.
In the middle of the 80s, the popularity of Karel Gott reaches the top and culminates, at the domestic scene for the first time, there is a growing huge competition in the form of young singers, which only for a short period manages to break his period of his reign, and at the end of the 80s fades the competition into the background. Many of them have been forgotten and Karel stands on the top again. In 1989 he celebrates his 50th birthday and slowly becomes a singer in years, who has passed the best and who does not strive to achieve at any price to reach the first spots in the charts of the young, on the contrary he prefers a more careful and decent choice of repertoire before fame.
In 1990, he decides to finish his career and he arranges a huge farewell tour in sport halls. But the success of this tour has been so huge that he re-values his decision. During the 90s he sticks at his second big love more and more, the painting – he exhitbits exceptionally successully his paintings as well (in Prague, Berlin, Moscow, Budapest, Cologne, Bratislava). In the renewed public inquiry “The golden Nightingale”, (since 1996 “The Czech Nightingale”) he wons in 1996 again with huge headstart the first spot again and he keeps this spot until nowadays (2006). The whole decade of the successful 90s has been topped by the famous concert in Saudi Arabia and in China in front of 600 millions of viewers of the Grand Prix d’Eurovision and at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
He follows his former successes even nowadays and he wins new fans even among the youngest generation, in a time when the old legends stay and new have not been born yet…
How the time went by…
1939-1954 / Childhood
Karel was born shortly before the war on Jul 14th 1939 in Pilsen at the maternal hospital as the only child of Karel and Maria Gott. At the end of the war, the house where they lived was destroyed by a bomb and Karel moves with his parents to his grandmother, where he enjoys a happy childhood. The family soon succeeds in getting a flat in Prague and in 1946 Karel enters school here. As pupil he loves painting, he is very interested in painting art and he longs for becoming a painter. After finishing primary school attendance in 1954 he is unsuccessfully trying to get on studies of visual art on school of applied art. That’s why he leaves for electrician education.
1955-1957 / Musical beginnings
Between 1954 – 1957 he’s training as electric-fitter in ČKD company in Cheb, Plzeň and finally in Prague, where he was employed until 1960. Gradually he discovers an interest in music and singing and he devotes more and more of his time to his hobby. As soon as he gets his identiture, he starts to perform in an amateur way as singer and in 1957 he makes his very first record (as present for his mother). This year he begins also to take part in various singing contests. However, in the beginning he was not successful at all – in time of still fading out swing era and its fashionable barytone smooth voices, he does not catch the interest, but rather horrifies the jury with his at that time very unrepresentative singing. He was very different from the others and without knowing it, he performed an absolutely new musical style. Despite of this, he excites the audience and even Karel Krautgartner who offered him a possibility to perform with his orchestra in the Prague Vltava Café.
1958-1959 / Dancing cafés
In 1958 he starts to perform regularly, often with the original English repertoire and sings with the best Czech orchestras, especially with the Karel Krautgartner orchestra in Prague dancing cafés. He devotes more and more time to singing and he founds out that he can’t manage both and he has to decide definitively – employment or music. He takes private lessons of singing and he is preparing for exam to the Prague conservatory. He gets admitted here so he decides to leave ČKD definitively and goes to study singing.
1960-1962 / First successes
In 1960 he makes his first studio records for the Czech Radio (in English) and he’s also performing in the TV for the first time with Karel Vlach Orchestra. Until 1963 (and till 1966 externally) he studies opera singing at the state conservatory in Prague as a pupil of prof. Karenin, the pupil of Shailapin, the famous Russian opera singer. Besides studying, he continues performing in Prague cafés, he performs at his first concerts, he goes on tours abroad with the orchestra.
In 1961 he’s going out on his first tour abroad, to Poland and one year later, he goes on the very successful tour in Sowiet union, where he becomes the Russian audience’s idol. Abroad Karel becomes more popular than at home, but here, the formerly unknown singer gets into the public awareness for the first time. His first expressive success in the Czech charts becomes his duett with V.Průchová „Až nám bude dvakrát tolik“ in 1962, he won with this song and soon he gets an offer for engagement in the famous small Prague theatre Semafor, he decides to go there. But this already means the quick turn in his career even at the domestic scene.
1963-1965 / Rocket start
In 1963, he records his first hits and first of all the greatest Czech megahit of the year “Oči sněhem zaváté”. He becomes the middle of interest, main superstar and for the first time, he wins in the second year of the enquiry Golden Nightingale.
Despite that, a lot of people still get used to his style and he wakes controversial reactions, he gains a lot of hardened opponents and critics, nothing can change the fact that he become the greatest Czech star and he effaces the very famous Waldemar Matuška as well. He performs for the first time in Western Europe as well. He performs in TV shows, in films, he gets placed in all charts and gains excited replies at home and abroad. His star is getting a rocket start and breaks the borders, there is no competition for him at home and even his greatest competitor Waldemar Matuška does not manage to keep up with him.
In 1965, he leaves Semafor, grounds and runs together with Štaidl brothers the own theatre Apollo with his own orchestra and he is its main star until 1967, when he gets engagement in Las Vegas and the theatre finishes its activity. This is the end of an era and the international career of Karel Gott begins, when he spends most of the time abroad…
1966-1967 / The world at his feet
In 1966 his export album “The Golden Voice Of Prague” (Zlatý hlas z Prahy), is released, that attracts huge attention of the American company Columbia, so that they plan to release it in the United States. In Time magazine an enthusiastic review for this record comes out and it’s appreciated as one of the best albums in Europe of 1966 and Karel Gott is even called “Sinatra of Europe”. Now rumours are growing that in Czechoslovakia a real international star is rising… His popularity is getting over not only border of, but even “the iron curtain”, until then completely unbreakable and people abroad start to refer to him as “The Golden Voice Of Prague”.
At the MIDEM festivals (1967-70) in France (Cannes) he becomes literally a sensation and his shows overreaches all expectations. Despite of the fact he’s still a newcomer here, he becomes the second biggest star – after Tom Jones and even a competitor of such stars as Frank Sinatra or Rolling Stones starring here. And everytime, just like Mireille Mathieu for France, he gets the Golden record Trophee MIDEM here. The French press starts to refer to him even as “the nature phenomenon of the East”, with other words expressed of the exotic, communist Europe.
Even this year he accepts a half-year contract in the centre of the greatest showbusiness stars, in USA (Las Vegas). and beyond this, he performs at the World Expo in Montreal and in Canadian and American TV, together with Gilbert Becaud. Karel Gott reaches every time huge success and enthusiastic ovations. Also expert reviews are very good. Not only in the United States he contacts and meets the greatest stars, such as Frank Sinatra, Fats Domino, Diana Ross, Duke Ellington, Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Cliff Richard, John Lennon, Cher…
Already in 1966 Karel Gott reaches triumphs at the international music festival “Bratislava Lyre”. His voice inspires the boss of Polydor Drexler and already in the beginning of 1967, Polydor agents attend his concert performace in West Berlin, they rent a studio and record the first debute single for Polydor.
In 1968, he performs very successfuly in front of 100 thousand viewers at Rio de Janeiro festival in Brazil with Lady Carneval, the song got so famous, that it was sung in more then 30 (!) language versions by various interprets. He performs for example also at the Eurovision Grand Prix festivals in London, Europarty festivals in Switzerland and Belgium, San Remo in Italy and Monte Carlo (with French version of the musical hit “Maria”), or at Sopots Festival in Poland (the most famous in Eastern Europe), where he reaches huge success many times in the future…
The world lies at Karel Gott’s feet as well as offers for worldwide career and conquest of the USA. Provided he would move, work and live in the USA for ever… Karel Gott came to a decision once for all not to leave his domestic public and Europe. Offers from other record companies do not hesitate even here (among others even the French record company Barclay). In 1967, Karel Gott decides to sign a contract with the German company Polydor (PolyGram, Universal), for which he records his first single. His success is so huge that Karel Gott becomes a star actually over night and the selling figures reach 1 200 000 pieces.
1968-1969 / Crowned as a king
In the turn of 1967/68 he records his first debute album for Polygram with a very easy name (just as the export series of Artie) Die goldene Stimme aus Prag „The golden voice of Prague“. This albums becomes also a bestseller and in the following year, he obtains Golden record for this album. In 1968 Karel Gott becomes for the 3rd time the most popular singer in West Germany (nowadays we would call this a jump of the century at our enquiry The Golden Nightingale). Further steps follow quickly, including his first great tour of Western Europe, he performs in TV shows together with Cliff Richard (West Berlin). Karel Gott simply becomes a megastar and an idol of every generation…
In Czechoslovakia he records another album “Walk With Me”, however its release is prohibited because of political reasons by the communist regime. But it does not change the fact, that after his return from Las Vegas, the popularity of Karel Gott in Czechoslovakia reaches mob violence and Karel becomes a real king, who is much bigger than his colleagues. All of his competitors stay long behind him and for a long period of 14 years, he becomes the absolutely most famous singer of Czechoslovakia.
In 1969 he records his famous album „Vánoce ve Zlaté Praze“ (in Czech version), where – this time in a very rare agreement – where outsiders and experts do not save words of praise. This album becomes one of his best ever sold albums and it is grated as the best Czech christmas album ever. Only at our country, unbelievable 600 000 copies of this unique title have been sold and thus it became the best selling album ever.
1970-1974 / Sweet bel canto
Considering the political actions in Czechoslovakia in 1968, there is a huge dilemma, which Karel Gott has to solve. To stay as many others in emigration or to risk a return home and stay loyal to the totalist normalising regime? It was a tough choice, where none of the options was ideal. The fame of Karel Gott in Western countries caused, that he got out of control of the former regime which did not know how to treat him.
Karel decided rather not to risk another return home and to stay in emigration. First the decisive order from Moscow „get together with that Gott, because the socialist camp can’t miss such a singer!“, the former Czechoslovakian president Gustáv Husák started to persuade Karel Gott to return home and ensured him free performing anywhere. Even if it was not quite clear, if the communists will keep their promise, Karel Gott finally decided to return.
At the beginning of the 70’s, Karel Gott finishes actually very successful series of performances at domestic and foreign festivals in the 60’s, during a period of rapid musical development, of huge changes. Everyone is asking what comes next, if there won’t be a fall of the star named Karel Gott, as it was usual in case of other stars, after years spend on the top of fame…? But not even in 70’s, when the music (and political scene in communist countries as well) calmed and settled down, soon there is no doubt, Karel Gott with his brillant voice is going to surprise again.
During the first half of 70’s he extends even more his expression range, although his repertory contains mostly evergreens, classic or folk hits, actual pop hits are not missing either. He continues actually in the very successful series of hosted performances at domestic and foreign festivals. He performs in hundreds of TV shows (his own or as special guest) actually all over Europe, in U.S.A, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, he goes on tour in Japan (including Tokio, Hiroshima, Sapporo), where he obtains The Cherry Blossom Award and reaches success by success, in front of him there are sold-out sports halls and stadiums crowded with eager fans over the Europe and even in America and Asia. In Cuba he’s becoming litteraly a sensation, when he earns standing ovations from 15 thousand of fans …
1975-1979 / Hit by hit
Since the second half of 70’s a new music disco wave is being born and also in Karel’s repertory new hit albums and lot of new hits begin to outweigh. In 1976 he records the title song for the drawn tale about a bee named Mája, the song became a real cult hit of all generations. In 1977 he goes on another grandiose tour of Japan, where he releases his new album Go In Search Of Happiness and at Yamaha festival in Tokyo he is awarded for the best final performance.
In the Sowiet Union, Russia and another countries of the former union, he becomes even the most popular foreign singer, ahead of Elton John and Cliff Richard. Sale figures of his russian-sung album are estimated to 5 -7 millions of copies. His hits reach top positions at Radio Luxembourg chart. In 1978 he obtains an award for the most important personality of culture in Germany where nearly 1 milion of his records has been sold, in 1979 even ahead of ABBA or Bee Gees. He reaches top positions in all charts, records album after album. In the American centre of country music in Nashwille (for the first time in 1979), where they are used to the greatest world starts, he earns scansions and long standing ovations… He performs here with Elvis Presley choir The Jordanires.
1980-1984 / Still on top
Times are changing, the voice becomes less important, the golden era of beautiful voices has finished and artist who don’t even need to sing becomes popular – pop music is becoming more a show. Also the fans are changing, people are glut by the offer in popular music and public is not so crazy as before, but the concert attendance in sport halls and stadiums is still high as before. But even in this time, when new trends are pushing forward more and more, when there are new artists and music styles coming, Karel Gott is still on top of his popularity, his voice ripes as good wine, that fans around Europe can taste…
Karel Gott is carryring on his very successful 70’s, he tops the charts and records hit after hit again… The song “Bílá” from musical “Cats“ becomes the best reviewed song among musical reviewers. Karel Gott recorded it earlier than B. Streissand did as Memory. He continues also his outstanding series of very successful performances at International Country Music Festival Fan-fair in American Nashwille.
In 1984 he receives the Golden record for album “Weihnachten” in Switzerland, Antenna of Honour as an award for the most popular artist in Belgium and Golden Antenna as an award for the highest number of best places in Belgian TV and radio charts. Also during 80’s he performs and concerts in various countries in Europe and in the United States and in American TV (Los Angeles, New York, Pacific ocean while shipping on Europa). In the mid 80’s the popularity of Karel Gott at home and abroads reaches its top and culminates for the last time.
1985-1987 / On the top of fame
During the second half of 80’s his position at the domestic scene is starting to get threatened shortly by a new generation of young pop singers for the first time, but in late 80’s it falls back again. But there is one more reason as well. After receiving the 20th Golden Nightingale, Karel withdraws voluntary from the enquiry, to give younger artists a chance and he requests that people would stop voting for him. Despite of that, many fans give him their votes and despite of strong competition, he gains top positions in the enquiry again. In 1986, the first longtime movie Karel Gott reaches the cinemas, this film presents a survey of his career during last 9 years and in the following year, viewers of Czechoslovakian TV can see this movie at TV as well.
In 1986-87 he’s coming back to Nashwille again. In 1986 he obtains the Golden Pin from Polydor for long-lasting cooperation, as the third one after Leonard Bernstein and Herbet von Karaian and also a Platina record from Supraphon records for the most successful Czech artist throughout Czech musical history… And many, many other awards… Karel Gott is balancing his career leisurely, earns ovations and obtains the highest honour after honour. In 1987 he obtains an award of Czech and Slovak DJ’s, Disco Nightingale, as the best artist ever.
1988-1993 / Time to balance
In 1988 he receives a Platina record from Polydor, he receives personal congratulations from the German chancellor Helmut Kohl and Sowiet president Michail Gorbatchov and he is titled “the biggest artist and associate between East and West”. In this year, a document movie about Karel Gott has been recorded – Prague artist between East and West. It’s a reminder of the fact, that the popularity he won on both sides of the split world, does not have any analogs, because no other artist from communist country has reached this.
However in late 80’s, shortly before the revolution, there’s a pushing question, what comes next? It seems as everything has been reached, everything has been said and sung. There are traces of tiredness and fatigue… As if the way was fading away in a mist. In 1990 Karel Gott is going on a great farewell tour around sport halls to announce the end of his career… He thinks that with the new period, there the right time to finish. But something really suprising happened. The completely unawaited, huge interest for this tour, sold-out sport halls, never-ending ovations and splendid voice condition made him in 1991 change his decision.
Karel Gott goes on, even though he has reached everything he could. Everything what comes now is above the plan. Nobody doubts that even in the new age of neverending changes, when old stars are fading out and new ones are coming, he becomes the only security – he stands on the top again. In Germany he becomes the most popular artist of the year 1991, he is awarded by another Golden Microphone award and he enters the hall of fame of “Czech Academy Of Popular Music”. In 1992 he releases album Když muž se ženou snídá, which becomes immediatelly gold and the best selling domestic album of 1992, soon he gets even platina record award for this album.
In 1992, as the only artist, he is awarded by a Diamond record from Supraphon for 13 milions of sold records in Czechoslovakia only. But the weakened position of Supraphon in the growing competition can’t offer him suitable conditions anymore. From 1993, he produces his albums under the label of his own agency GoJa.
1994-1999 / From king to a legend
During the second half of 90’s, Karel Gott does not rest on his laurels of fame and success. The same success as the legendary album Když muž se ženou snídá is reached albums Zázrak vánoční (1995) and Duety (1997). Despite of the fact that he does not record hit after hit and he does not tour that much, he still follows his greatest successes in Europe (he goes on concert tours or performs for example in TV shows in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, America, Asia and this time even in Australia).
He comes back to his American fans in Las Vegas as well as hits domestic fans in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Los Angeles or New Jersey. After reneval of the enquiry the Golden Nightingale in 1996, he often wins with huge advance (!), with the only exception for one year, where he gets shaded by D. Hůlka (who should have become his successor). At this time, the re-edition Complete is starting to get released, which has the aim of releasing all of the available records of Supraphon on CD media.
This period has been marked by duetts and cooperations with biggest stars, from L.Bílá to most famous opera singers E.Urbanová, P.Dvorský or M.Babjak and many others. He does not record so many new songs at home or abroad, he works rather with older songs and chooses his reportory, a lot of his compilations are released… More often he follows also his painting and he exhibits his productions very successfully at home and abroad. Despite of this he does not stop recording even new songs and he appears even in Euro-chart again.
In 1998, he becomes the most favourite singer in Slovakia, ahead of Madonna and Michael Jackson. In the Czech Golden Nightingale he regularly reaches top positions. In 1999 he performs in United Arabian Emirats in Dubai and his show in Prohibited Town in Chinese Peking is followed by 600 milions TV viewers around the world. The whole decade of 90’s, Karel crowns with the famous megaconcert in Prague sport hall to celebrate his 60th birthday and the greatest stars of art, sport or political life congratulate him. Karel Gott simply became not only the greatest phenomenon of modern Czech history, but also a legend during his own life… In the same year, the first official website of Karel Gott is launched.
2000-2003 / Forever young
Karel Gott does not ease in his working rythm by the beginning of the new millenium either. And despite of the deep growing author crisis, nobody can doubt about the legend of Karel Gott, who is not able to withdraw from his place in the sun anymore He has entered the depth of the fans’ hearts, he still fills even the biggest sport halls. With full strengh, he starts new concert tours at home and even abroad.
From America, through Europe and Russia to Australia. Wherever he appears, he earns great success and ovations from excited audience, in the same way as he did 30 years ago. As the first Eastern Europe singer from pop music genre, he performs in the sold-out Carnegie Hall in New York. In the Czech and Slovak Republic, his extraordinary successful tour 2002/03 was attended by 124 000 visitors, which means that nearly all of the 21 halls and stadiums were sold out.
Besides many further golden and platina records, he is awarded by the extraordinary and prestige international award from European economical institute, which awarded him with Crystal globe for outstading performances and merits in the area of European culture. In Germany, he is awarded by awards for the most successful foreign artist ever, who was active on the local market and in 2002, the record company Polydor has prolongued the contract with him, as one of the three singers only in the whole history, for lifetime. Further he even reaches Belgian radio charts and BRF TV charts, despite of the fact that even here new generation of pop stars is taking over…
Singer of the century
Fans of Karel Gott at home and abroad have experienced futher new albums, most of them being rewarded by golden and platina records. On the domestic album Můj anděl strážný, Karel Gott presents his completely new, until now unheard aspect and despite of the fact that the fans are only slowly getting used to his new songs, this album was accepted very warmly and in a rare agreement by fans and reviewers.
Karel Gott proves that he still has something to offer and to say and he does not only live from the fame of his old songs (even if many of the fans first of all want to hear them). In 2005, he wins not only many enquiries of popularity, but he has been announced the most commercially successful artist of the market. For all of the enquiries, let’s remind the 13. place in the enquiry The greatest Czech, where he became the second greatest living Czech behind Václav Havel. And from fans, he gains a new nickname – singer of the century.
During this period, Karel picks literally a bunch of golden, platina and multiplatina records, including the Golden Microphone, which belongs to the most successful, and even by reviewers best grated artist in Germany for 2004 and in the Czech Nightingale, he receives the Golden and even a Jubilee Nightingale. His discography gets enriched by a row of DVD titles.
In the TV enquiry of children viewers Jetix Kids Awards 2005-06, he becomes not only the most favourite singer, but ahead of the president Václav Klaus, even the biggest Czech personality.
In the enquiry The Golden Nightingale in the teenager category, he reaches top positions. In 2006, Karel Gott is awarded by fans in a great way of honour – in Jevany nearby Prague, a museum devoted to his legend is opened. His partially balancing tour Má pouť was almost sold-out again and again, the tour is very successful, even if there were speculations if it was not the last one. Still during the tour, Universal releases his new album Schön, dass du geboren bist, which success goes over every expectation when it becomes the best selling title.
In 2007, several of Karel Gott’s nearest colleagues and friends have left him. First of all, the public was shocked by the news about the death of Karel Svoboda, the biggest Czech hitmaker and author of Karel Gott’s greatest hits. One year later, the grounder of his museum Jan Moťovský disappears, he is still missing (in 2009 the museum finishes its activity).
Despite of all of the sad news, Karel Gott goes on. And further more. Even if he gets older, he wins even more new fans, even among young people. He is not only active in the area of music, because he goes on tour with his paintings as well, and exhibits in many cities. A huge number of representative selection albums is released at home and abroad. The Supraphon album (50 hitů) becomes the third best selling title on the marked and in the same the Polydor recordings (40 Jahre Karel Gott) are doing. Reader’s Digest does not stay behind in Czech Republic and Germany either, releasing narrative CD boxes.
Again, he wins in the children’s enquiry personality of the year (Jetix Kids Award), he reaches the absolut victory of enquiry Týtý or wins the Download charts of TV Óčko (his song Být stále mlád became the most downloaded record of the Czech internet). Karel does not stay behind in preparing new records either. His album Každý má svůj sen is an extraordinary success. Only in the Czech Republik, nearly 200 000 copies were sold.Year 2008 was undoubtedly one of the most important one even in his private and professional life, if not the most important one.
Not only because of the birth of his fourth daughter Nelly Sophie. Directly after New Year’s eve celebrations, he disappears to USA and shocks everyone by the news that he got married in Las Vegas. In May he goes on a very successful tour through biggest cities in Canada (Motreal, Edmonton, Vancouver). For the first time ever, he performs in Izreal (Tel Aviv), again he performs in Moscow. The success of the sold-out Czech-Slovakian tour Zpátky si dám tenhle film, overreaches all expectations and becomes the culmination of the 50 years long career of Karel Gott.
Karel Gott lives in Prague and in Munich, he has four daughters Dominika (1973), Lucie (1987), Charlotte Ella (2006) and Nelly Sophie (2008). In 2008 he married his long-time girlfriend, Ivana Macháčková, a nurse, mother of his two youngest daughters. He speaks Czech, German, English and Russian and he can make himself understood also in Italian, French and Spanish.