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Karel Gott
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Gott in 2002
Background information
Also known as Golden voice of Prague
(Czech: Zlatý hlas z Prahy)
Sinatra of the East
(Czech: Sinatra Východu)
Divine Charlie
(Czech: Božský Kája)
Born (1939-07-14)14 July 1939
Plzeň, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Died 1 October 2019(2019-10-01) (aged 80)
Prague, Czech Republic
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • painter
Years active 1958–2019
Labels Supraphon, Polydor, Electrola, Melodiya, Amiga

Karel Gott (14 July 1939 – 1 October 2019) was a Czech pop singer. He was thought to be the most successful male singer in the former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. He was voted the country's best male singer in the annual Český slavík over forty times, most recently in 2017. Gott was born in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

100 albums and 100 compilation albums, and sold an estimated 50–100 million records worldwide, 23 million of them in the German-speaking market, and about 15 million in Czechoslovakia and its successor states (the Czech Republic and Slovakia).

In 1968, he competed in the Eurovision Song Contest with his song "Tausend Fenster".

On 12 September 2019 it was announced that Gott was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He died on 1 October 2019 from the disease at a Prague hospital at the age of 80.

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