Wolfgang Kieling was born 16 March 1924, Berlin and died 7 Oct. 1985, Hamburg. Wolfgang was singing on the radio as early as 1930, though most of the records he made for Electrola weren't released until 1939. His repertoire included folk songs and children's songs (often in comical Disneyish arrangements), but also Bach, Mozart and Schubert. His voice was sweet and sprightly, and childlike even at 13 or 14 - unlike the ripe, bosomy tones of Ernest Lough or Aled Jones.
It was inevitable that such an endearing little boy should be invited to act, and he did so with the expected talent - not pretty or heroic enough to land leading children's roles in German films of the time, but a useful presence that could be sceptical or sad. His intelligence kept him in demand as a dubber of foreign movies: it fell to him to supply the voice of Freddy Bartholomew, for instance, in at least four of his leads.
Kieling continued to act, and studied drama with Albert Florath and Hilde Körber, until his call-up in 1942. When he died of cancer in 1985, he was one of the most admired and loved of German actors. Some of his boyhood recordings were played, to poignant effect, at his funeral. --The Motion Picture Boy
Wolfgang Kieling sang on other 78rpm recordings with unknown tracks:
German HMV (Electrola) EG 6281
German HMV (Electrola) EG 6296
German HMV (Electrola) EG 6376
German HMV (Electrola) EG 6595
Bobby Breen Child actor and singer from the 1930s-40s