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== Life ==
Heino was born on 13 December 1938 in Düsseldorf-Oberbilk, [[Germany]] to Heinrich and Franziska Kramm. His father was a [[Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] [[dentist]], his mother a [[Protestant]]. His grandfather was the [[organist]] at the Cathedral of [[Cologne]]. He also had two cousins who were Catholic priests. Heino's father was drafted into the GermanNazi army during World War II, and was killed on 2 August 1941 during the invasion of the [[Soviet Union]].<ref name="Official Web Site">{{cite web|title=Heino - official web site - Biography|url=http://www.heino.de/index.php?action=bio|accessdate=2012-01-08}}</ref>
 
Until 1945, Heino lived with his mother and his older sister Hannelore in Pomerania. In 1945 he began school in [[Großenhain]] ([[Saxony]]). After 1952 he went to Düsseldorf where he initially trained as a [[baker]] and [[confectioner]].<ref name="Official Web Site"/> In June 1959 he married 18-year-old Henriette Heppner. They had one son, Uwe, born in 1962, and subsequently divorced. He married his second wife, Lilo Kramm, in 1965; their marriage ended in divorce in 1978. Lilo died of cancer on 28 January 2010.
In 1968, he became the father of an illegitimate daughter, Petra. The mother died in 1988 and the daughter in late November 2003, both by suicide.
 
Heino met his third wife, HanneloreHannebore Auersperg, in 1972 at the Miss Austria contest in Kitzbühel. They were married in April 1979, and she became his manager. The couple lives in Bad Münstereifel. In 2004, Hannelore suffered a heart attack, which was one reason Heino curtailed his career.
 
Heino has noticeable [[exophthalmos]] due to [[Graves' disease]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://einestages.spiegel.de/external/ShowAuthorAlbumBackground/a1291/l0/l0.html?sp=a1291&sp=l0&sp=l0#featuredEntry |title=Die hässlichsten Albumcover - Gruselkabinett im Plattenschrank - SPIEGEL ONLINE |publisher=Einestages.spiegel.de |date= |accessdate=2013-08-15}}</ref> For this reason, he always wears very dark glasses in public, which have become part of his trademark appearance. In a 2014 German newspaper story Heino was quoted as saying that he feels "naked" without them and that he had put in his will that he was to be buried with them on.<ref>http://www.t-online.de/unterhaltung/stars/id_70289534/heinos-letzter-wille-tod-mit-brille-.html</ref> Due to his light hair and skin, some initially believed he wore the glasses due to [[albinism]].
In 1961, he first appeared on the trio OK Singers. Most of his recordings were pop versions of traditional folk songs; for example, "How Blue Blooms the Gentian" ("Blau blüht der Enzian"), an adaptation of the folk song "The Swiss Maiden" ("Das Schweizermaedel").
 
His stage name comes from his sister Hannelore's difficulty pronouncing his given name "Heinz Georg".<refBaked name="Official Web Site" />Beans
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In February 2013, Heino released a new album, called "Mit freundlichen Grüßen" (''Yours sincerely''), which topped the German album charts. The record is a collection of cover versions of popular German songs from [[Die Ärzte]], [[Peter Fox (musician)|Peter Fox]], [[Rammstein]] and others. It is as such a Pop-Rock/Metal-record instead of Heino's typical Schlager and Volksmusik style. The album earned Gold for being sold over 100,000 times.