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Ramona - Biography
|last update : 18-09-2010 04:21|
|Ramona was born October 18, 1954 in Hanau, Germany. Ramona's mother Anneliese Kraft meet her father, a US military officer who was stationed as a GI in Garnisonstadt/Hanau in the beginning of the 1950's. Ramona's father was a black American male. He never married Anneliese, but he did see his baby girl when she was 3 years old. Ramona has no memory of her father, who unfortunatly died during the Vietnam War.
Unable to raise a child alone and not being married, Anneliese Kraft worked as a cook while Ramona's grandparents raised her. Ramona's grandmother's maiden name was Wulf, the name Ramona later used as an artist name. At the age of 8, Ramona's grandfather died unexpectedly. After this tragedy Ramona was adopted by her aunt Anita Kraft, who married Max Dürnberger. They ran a pub.
In 1964 Ramona was the victim of an accident with a hand granade found by a schoolmate. Metal fragments are still in her left leg. Because of that accident she couldn't become an airline stewardess, so she decided to study French and English languages and become a translator. Ramona's plans changed at age 15 when she entered a talent competition and was discovered by record producer Horst-Heinz Henning who also wrote her first hits.
When Ramona became a professional singer, her adopted father who was actually her uncle, Max Dürnberger, became her manager.
When Ramona signed with Jupiter Records in 1974 she was introduced through Jupiter director Ralph Siegel to Michael Kunze, who recorded some singles with her before she became a member of the group Silver Convention. Ramona released her first English single in early 1976 while she was in Silver Convention, which was a cover of "Save The Last Dance For Me." Coinciding with Silver Convention's Eurovision entry in 1977, she released her first solo album "Natural Woman" including the single "Natural Man (I'm A Natural Woman.)" The track "Step By Step" was used in an American television program. She released a Ralph Siegel-produced disco cover version of "Parlez-Moi D'Amour" in the summer of 1978.
In 1980 Ramona released her second album "Shake What Yo'Mama Give Ya" on Jupiter Records. Ramona Wulf married producer Horst Hornung on December 12, 1980. Ramona gave birth to her daughter, named Nadine on April 14, 1981.
In 1986, Ramona formed a new group, Ramona & The Paris Girls, with 2 other singers, Christina and Biba. She released her third album "Strip To The Heart" under the name Ramona, including the single "Body Beat," and in 1988 her fourth album "Mood To Mood." Ramona Wulf is the mother of 3 children. She divorced Horst Hornung. Ramona is now also married to a doctor and living in Berlin.