ARCHIV - 23.10.2021, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dortmund: Jürgen Drews singt beim «Schlagerbooom 2021 · Alles funkelt! Alles glitzert!». (zu dpa "Jürgen Drews will sich zurückziehen - «wirklich alles erlebt»") Foto: Malte Krudewig/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Pop singer Jürgen Drews (“Ein Bett im Kornfeld”) wants to end his career and say goodbye to the stage at the end of the year. The 77-year-old announced this on Saturday evening on the ARD show “The Big Schlager Beach Party” with Florian Silbereisen. He wanted to thank fate, said Drews with tears in his eyes. It was a nice time. He wants to have his last appearance in autumn in one of the hit shows with Florian Silbereisen.

“It’s time to put my personal life first. You will still be able to meet me at one or the other event this year and see me on television, but at the end of this year I will say goodbye to the stage,” said Drews in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”. He is no longer as resilient as he used to be and feels that it is incredibly good for him to be at home.

Drews had already announced at the end of May that he wanted to step back for the time being – he reported that he was suffering from the nervous disease polyneuropathy. In the current interview, he said: “I don’t have any pain, but my body and my condition are changing.” He also feels the side effects of old age, is more tired than before and “just has his niggles”. And his famous pirouette is no longer as quick as it used to be.

Of his future retirement, Drews said, “I’m definitely going to miss the stage at some point, but I’ve really seen it all in the 60+ years that I’ve been doing this job.”

In the live broadcast on the first, Drews first sang his hit “Ein Bett im Kornfeld”, then he announced his farewell together with his wife Ramona. Both had tears in their eyes – moderator Silbereisen and many people in the audience were visibly touched.

Drews, who grew up in Schleswig-Holstein, started out as a true jazz musician. But he became really popular with easy hits in the mid-1970s. “Ein Bett im Kornfeld”, his big hit, clearly thrives on the youthful tingling that he conveys “between flowers and straw”. Drews later became the “King of Mallorca” and thus an icon of a scene in which health is sometimes put aside for a good party.