After deciding not to return from a concert tour in West Germany to his home country, he was addressed a personal letter from the Czechoslovak party leader Gustav Husak persuading him to change his mind in 1971. He was later criticized for supporting the communist regime.
Was trained to be mechanic.
Has three daughters from three different women: Dominika, Lucie and Charlotte Ella. His youngest child was born in April 2006.
Most successful Czech singer selling over 30 million records (some sources say 100 million) worldwide.
His breakthrough hit was "Mesicni reka", the Czech version of "Moon River" (1962).