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The singer turned to writing his own material, often with the help of guitarist Joachim Horn, and turned his fortunes around, as he hit the German pop charts numerous times in the '70s and '80s while building a large audience with his live shows. He retired from the music business in 2003 and turned his attention to acting. The retirement was short-lived, though, and by 2007 Carpendale had returned with a comeback album and a sold-out tour. With his newly revitalized career, the singer's next album, 2009's Stark peaked at number two on the German charts. Carpendale's late-career resurgence continued in 2011 with Das Alles Bin Ich and again in 2013 with Viel Zu Lang Gewartet. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi