Klaus Nomi: Age 39 | Cause Of Death: AIDS

(b. 1944, d. August 6th 1983)

Klaus Nomi was born in Germany in 1944. His real name was Klaus Sperber.  In his youth he worked as an usher at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and would imitate such singers as Elvis Presley and Maria Callas. He didn’t get to the Deutsche Oper as a singer. He got depressed and went to New York.There he first had a job as a pastry chef at the World Trade Center and later  formed a freelance baking company but sang in rock clubs too.  Then he met David Bowie who asked him and Joey Arias to sing with him in the Saturday Night Live TV show. Nomi and Arias sang backing vocals on Bowie’s songs “The Man Who Sold the World”, “TVC15” and “Boys Keep Swinging”.  After that Nomi got a lot of gigs. He made his records in the early eighties and died of AIDS August 6th 1983. ~ From Tribute Site