Saturday, January 6, 2007

The Tragic And Controversial Life of The King of The Pop

Imre Zámbó (better-known as Jimmy Zámbó) was one of Hungary's best-selling pop stars whose each album went platinum. He was often referred to in Hungary as "the king". However, despite having an unbelievable voice, not everyone loved him. He was not a handy man, nor was he a nice person. Despite these things, he was a huge star, the greatest singer in Hungary. The tickets to his concerts were always sold out long before his shows. He knew of himself how great star he was and consequently, star allures were not foreign to him. For example, according to a book of Attila Árpa, the former creative director of a Hungarian TV channel, once Árpa and Jimmy visited a bar where Jimmy felt like playing the piano. So he went to the pianist and asked him to let him play, but the pianist didn't allow it. But after Jimmy showed him his Beretta, the pianist said no problem. After playing the piano and singing, as if nothing had happened, Jimmy went back to the counter, and kept on drinking. Then he gave 250,000 Forints (about €1,000) to the pianist. At the same time, Jimmy's family and the pianist both disclaimed this story.

Zámbó Jimmy dead in January 2, 2004 at the age of 42 when, according to the official version, he accidentally shot himself in the head. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

If you have never heard his music, perhaps you won't like it at first hearing. But you have to admit that his voice is very special.

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