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Dieter Bohlen and C.C. Ketch: two titans of the '80s scene collide

Dieter Bohlen: "Caroline has a brilliant sound..."

How Dieter Bohlen almost ruined the life of the "disco queen" of the 80s CC Catch

Today, her incendiary disco hits are loved all over the world! The public still remembers and enjoys listening to "Strangers by night", "Cause You Are Young", "Heaven and Hell" and other CC Ketch hits! But before climbing the Olympus of fame, the singer had to overcome many obstacles ...

Dieter Bohlen and CC Ketch!
Dieter Bohlen and CC Ketch!

After graduating from school, Carolina enters the Faculty of Design, in parallel - gets a job at a garment factory. Subsequently, she will characterize this period as “the most terrible in her life”: the future star worked in hellish conditions, 16 hours a day, listening to scolding and insults from senior masters ... One fine day, Carolina understands that this can no longer continue. She gives up her hellish fate and begins to participate in all kinds of competitions, learning to play the guitar and plunging deeper into jazz ...

Then Peter Müller invests all his family savings in the creation of his own music agency. Having quit his job, he becomes the manager of his daughter.

Acquaintance and contract

During a tour of her homeland as part of Optimal, the girl attracts the attention of Dieter Bohlen - by that time already a well-known composer and singer, a member of the fabulously popular Modern Talking. Later he will say:

“Caroline has a brilliant sound…”

Dieter offers Karolina a professional contract, which she signs without hesitation. Studio recordings begin. In the same period, Carolina met another iconic figure in her life - drummer Frank Otto. A spark flares up between the young people. As a result of this, already in the third week of dating, the couple begins a life together! Otto becomes Carolina's new manager.

CC Ketch and Frank Otto
CC Ketch and Frank Otto

Bohlen came up with the stage name C.C. Ketch for Carolina. Actually, he also acted as the main author of her hits, which served as an unquestioning guarantee of success. In general, the period of their cooperation can be called fruitful and unambiguously successful: together they released 4 gorgeous albums and 12 incendiary singles. Everything went smoothly until Carolina wanted independence ...

CC Catch
CC Catch

Having announced to Bohlen that from now on she will perform only her own songs (while Dieter was categorically against this), Carolina understands that the relationship between them is completely ruined. CC Ketch is leaving the eminent producer.

In turn, the furious Bohlen promises to destroy her. For starters, he forbids Carolina to use the pseudonym C.C. Ketch, arguing that it was he who came up with the sonorous name, and that now it is his property. The court was on the side of the musician. By a court decision, Karolina decided and the rights to the songs performed under the "wing" of Dieter. To come to a mutual agreement, the girl had to unfasten Bohlen a very substantial amount - $ 5 million!

The trust of her father, a prestigious contract, the first lines in the charts, a loved one ... Carolina lost everything that was of real value to her.

The worst disappointment for Carolina was the betrayal of her boyfriend. Frank Otto chose her career, and even the news of the pregnancy did not convince him. Moreover, the drummer said that he had nothing to do with the child! Deciding in desperation to have an abortion, Carolina was no longer able to have children ... The act became fatal for the singer.

Caroline Mueller today...
Caroline Muller today...

In short, Dieter Bohlen managed to destroy the disco queen's life... Fortunately, not completely. The singer found the strength to "rise from the ashes" and continue her career. Of course, the peak of its popularity came precisely in the 80s. But even today, despite the hardships experienced, Carolina looks forward with dignity. When asked how she manages to remain attractive, she answers with a smile: the whole secret is in love!

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