The World: The Meistersinger Minister

It was about as likely as Henry Kissinger's warbling On Top of Old Smoky with choral accompaniment by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. Nonetheless, for the fourth week in a row, Walter Scheel, West Germany's Foreign Minister and the leading contender for the presidency in May's elections, was on top of Europe's hit parade, with a song so old and square it sounded refreshingly different to a generation weaned on rock 'n' roll. Within little more than a month, a single of Scheel singing a square folk song called Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen (High Up on the Yellow Wagon) has...

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