Klaus Sperber was born on Jan. 24, 1944, in Immenstadt, a city in what was then West Germany. He was raised by his mom, Bettina, who labored odd jobs. A fling with a soldier, whom Klaus by no means met, resulted in his delivery. When he was a toddler, he and his mom moved to town of Essen, about 400 miles away. Opera music was typically enjoying of their home, and it set Klaus on his path.
“The first time I heard an opera singer on the radio I said, ‘My God, I want to sing just like that,’” he mentioned in interview footage that’s included within the 2004 documentary “The Nomi Song.” As a youngster, he grew to become equally keen on Elvis Presley.
He moved to West Berlin and labored as an usher at Deutsche Oper, the place he generally sang for colleagues after the viewers had left. But he aspired to sing professionally, and, Arias mentioned, “he felt like he was at a dead end.”
“He wanted to come to New York because he felt like it would change his life,” Arias added.
Nomi settled in Manhattan’s East Village. He labored for some time within the kitchen of the Upper East Side cafe and celeb hangout Serendipity 3 and began a baking enterprise with Kattelman referred to as Tarts, Inc., supplying eating places with desserts made in Nomi’s St. Marks Place condominium.
Nomi was identified to frequent after-hours golf equipment, just like the Anvil and Mineshaft, the place informal intercourse was commonplace. There had been sexual encounters at house as properly — Arias mentioned he as soon as arrived at Nomi’s condominium to discover a bare Jean-Michel Basquiat toweling off.
To get a inexperienced card, he married a lady, Melissa Moon, a U.S. citizen, in 1980.
“I don’t think he was in any way being anything that wasn’t himself, which was pretty gay as far as I knew,” mentioned the artist Kenny Scharf. “When you’re creating your persona, the sexuality part is obviously part of the persona. It was all part of his sense of style and him being an artist in every way.”