Wilde World: Ilja Richter

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Ilja Richter was born on 24 November 1952 in East Berlin. His parents moved to West Berlin a year later, where Ilja was stimulated to became an actor by his mother Eva, a former actress herself. During the 1970’s he became the presenter of the TV show Disco, a music show filmed before a young live audience in which he also performed in sketches. Kim would appear in the show once, in 1981, with her debut single ‘Kids in America’.

Before that, however, he also had a career in music. Between 1969 and 1983 he released about a dozen singles, one of which was ‘Ich hol’ Dir gerne vom Himmel die Sterne’. You wouldn’t guess it, but it’s a German version of Marty Wilde’s ‘Abergavenny’. The song was recorded together with the orchestra of Roberto Delgado, a famous German bandleader, arranger and composer. It’s an interesting take on a classic song.