Dieter Bohlen's Biography

 

 

 

1. The beginning

 

  1. The early years
  1. College Years

At the beginning of the seventies, the music scene was totally different. The Beatles mania is over and the hippie culture seemed also to disappear. Flowerpower and 'love and peace' disappear : music was starting to put his accents on the political and social level. It's the time of new trends. Dieter didn't fail to notice this change. Groups like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple were getting popular. But also eccentric groups like Pink Floyd and Genesis, lay the foundations of their success. Dieter Bohlen still staggers between these extremes.

With the band 'Da Capo', he went on the weekends through the villages in Hessen and he played on public amusements. It doesn't bring Dieter much success, but financialy it's very good. At any rate, the money is enough to finance his studies and to buy some extra wishes, something what couldn't be possible with the money he got from his dad. It was also the way to stand on his own legs. In small students' clubs, he played jazz-rock with the group Aorta. At that moment, this was the music which Dieter really liked, but he wouldn't become rich with it. The English groups were much better and Göttingen doesn't belong to the great rock cities ...

 

The third group, where Dieter played in, was called Mayfair. It was one of the hardest groups of Göttingen. Here could Dieter blow of steam and live his agression to the full. By the way, when Dieter was in this group, he let his blond hairs grow ... Besides these additional activities, he also wrote solo-songs. In his Mayfair period, he wrote about 200 songs of all kinds. First of all, those songs were used to supply the group with material, but there already were ideas to contact record companies. One thing was sure for Dieter : after his studies, he would separate himself for the band.

Dieter wasn't planning to stay in Göttingen and going back to Oldenburg was the last thing he would do ! He needed also contacts with people, a contract with a record company or a publishing-firm. To his it was the same to be accepted as a musician or singer, as a songwriter or a producer. The most important thing was that he made a contract and some money to live.

When he would follow this way, Dieter also knew that he won't get any money anymore from his father. Dieter wanted to avoid the humiliation to ask his father for money, in case he wouldn't earn enough money with his music to pay the rent and food.

Time was passing by ... Dieter composed and sent off his songs to all possible addresses. But nothing happened, he received always the same letters back, telling him they didn't need him.

It's really incomprehensible that in this stress period, Dieter still could do his studies. But also his studies were good. It's amazing that Dieter was always right on time for the lectures at his university. And in his spare time, he did manage to arrange his private life. All this, shows which strengths and energy are in Dieter ! Driven by his ambition and self-confidence, he never gave up and never lost his spirit. With the refusals, Dieter had to get over; a lot of people would be discouraged. Dieter couldn't believe that his dream wouldn't become a reality. He really couldn't accept that !

 

When there was an idea in Dieters head, he could work for weeks on that project. And suddenly, from one minute to an other, he could stop his project and start with something totally different ! Dieter also gained some experience from these rejections, on which he would build up his career and even today, he's benefiting from this bad experiences. He learned in this period that you never may give up, in spite of all the set-backs.

One of Dieters favorites places was the discothèque 'Afro-Asiaten-Heim' in Göttingen. Here, he met his wife Erika. She was born in Bad Wildungen on 29.9.54. Erika got education as a stylist. Professionally, she had nothing to do with music and she didn't go to the university too. Erika and Dieter lived 10 years together, before they got married.

They married (in jeans !) on 11 Nov. 1983 in Wandsbeck, Hamburg.

 

He needs the company of others and feels best when there are a lot of people around. Dieter is for that matter a great chatterbox, but on the other side he can be an enthusiastic and attentive listener too. It isn't amazing that Dieter is soon the center of the attention wherever he goes. His height 6 foot 2 inches (183 cm) and his blond hairs do their job well...

In 1977, Dieter was for the first time in a studio. With his friend Holger from Göttingen, he formed the duo Monza. "Heiße Nacht in der City" and "Hallo Taxi Nummer 10" were the two songs they recorded. Unfortunately, the two records never got in the charts. After this flop, Dieter was really disillusioned and he decided to stop with his music-career and started to concentrate himself on his final exams.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Take-off to Success

 

On 8 Nov. 1978, Dieter got his diploma in business economics. He has just finished university and immediately he had a contract as an investment-advisor in Emden. At that point of time, it is true that Dieter is still in contact with the Hamburg publishing-firm Intersong, where he often sent his demos of his songs, but the answers weren't very encouraging. And basically, Dieter didn't count anymore on a positive reaction. Nevertheless came the deciding letter, which made his life totally different from that day forth. Intersong asked Dieter if he was still interested in a co-operation. Of course he was !!!

But the contract was more of a demand, which was hard to comply with: Dieter was obliged to write 36 songs in one month ! But Dieter accepted the contract.

On 1 Jan. 1979, Dieter starts as a composer and producer for Intersong. Dieter moved with Erika to Hamburg. Dieter is working very hard and a year passed by : Intersong gives him the chance to sing a song on his own. The single is called "Don't throw my love away", but Dieter uses a pseudonym Steve Benson. Single didn't draw much of attention to him. Dieter tryies to make it as a sound artist and a producer. Record companies and well known artists are getting interested in Dieter. Stars like Katja Ebstein, Roland Kaiser and Bernd Clüver are getting Dieter as their producer and they ask him to write some songs.

 

 1982 could be considered as the real breakthrough for Dieter ! In this year, he got a golden album for his Ricky King production called "Happy guitar dancing". Another acknowledgement came in 1982 when Dieter made a new single. This time he used the pseudonym Sunday and the single was called "Hale Hey Louise". Dieter was able even present the single on the chart show on the German television channel ZDF. But the single didn't do very well ... But a year later, Dieter got another golden record for the album 'Gefühle sind frei' with Roland Kaiser.

In spite of this success, Dieter isn't really happy with this. It's not what he wants : he wants to put himself in the forefront ! He wants to sing his own songs ...

1982 was also the year when Dieter composed his first song for the Eurovision-song contest for Bernd Clüver, called Mit 17. This song got the third place in the German pre-selections. More success had Dieter in 1983. "Flieger" was sung by Nino De Angelo. This song took the first place in the pre-selections and on the proper festival in Lausanne (Switzerland), "Flieger" got the 14th place. In that year, there were even two songs in the Eurovision-song contest written by Dieter. The second one was "Nur ein Lied" by Thomas Forstner. This song got the fifth place.

When asked which song he preferred, Dieter replied : "You don't ask me whom of my two children I like most. So ..."

On 9 May 1992, Tony Wegas sung "Zusamme gehen" in Malmö (Sweden). This song got the tenth place.

In 1989, Dieter composed music for the serial "Rivalen der Rennbahn". Different artists are doing their contribution, like Nino De Angelo, Marianne Rosenberg, Ann Turner, Ricky Shayne and Leslie McKeown. (ex Bay City Rollers) There are also two instrumental songs, which are performed by Countdown G.T.O. - a pseudonym of Dieter Bohlen .

After the Rivalen der Rennbahn aventure, Dieter starts a cooperation with some of the artists, like Nino De Angelo and Les McKeown…

 

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