Dieter Bohlen

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Dieter Bohlen (2019)

Dieter Günter Bohlen (born February 7, 1954 in Berne ) is a German music producer , composer , songwriter and singer . He became known as a member of the pop duo Modern Talking in the 1980s . In addition to successful productions by national and international artists, he is a permanent member of the jury for the casting programs Deutschland sucht den Superstar and Das Supertalent .

life and work

Childhood and youth

Bohlen grew up with his parents Hans (* 1929) and Edith Bohlen (* 1936) and his grandmother on a farm in East Friesland . The family later moved to the Eversten district of Oldenburg . In his youth, Bohlen was a member of the SDAJ and briefly a member of the German Communist Party and is now non-party. After High School the Business High School of vocational schools in Oldenburg Haarentor Bohlen moved to Rosdorf and studied at the Georg-August University in Göttingen at the request of his parents business administration . He graduated in 1978 with a degree in business administration .

Musical beginnings

Sunday with Bohlen (1981)

Bohlen was already composing music during his school days. From the late 1970s he worked as a composer and songwriter for numerous pop singers at the Hamburg music publisher Intersong. Together with Holger Garbode he founded the Duo Monza, for which Tony Hendrik wrote and produced the single Hallo Taxi number 10 in 1978 . From 1980 Bohlen worked as a producer for the Berlin record company Hansa and as a solo artist under the pseudonym Steve Benson. The first single here was called Don't Throw My Love Away (1980). Two more singles followed with the titles Love Takes Time and (You're a Devil With) Angel Blue Eyes . Neither of these records made it into the top 100, which led to the project's dissolution in 1981. In the same year he joined the formation Sunday and had an appearance with her and Halé, Hey Louise in early 1982 on the ZDF hit parade . In 1983 he took part for the first time in the preliminary round of the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson . Bernd Clüver sang the title composed by Bohlen at the age of 17 and thus took third place in the preliminary decision.

Success as a producer

Dieter Bohlen (2006)

After Bohlen had released six singles with German lyrics with pop singer Thomas Anders from 1982 without success, he produced the Bohlen / Anders duo Modern Talking from autumn 1984 . With You're My Heart, You're My Soul , You Can Win If You Want , Cheri Cheri Lady , Brother Louie and Atlantis Is Calling (SOS for Love), the group was number one in the German single charts five times and was also successful in other European as well as in Asian and African charts . In 1987, Modern Talking split in a dispute. Bohlen then produced and wrote for other artists, including the CC Catch (Heartbreak Hotel), which he discovered . He continued to perform under the name Blue System (Under My Skin) . Modern Talking got back together in 1998, but separated again in 2003.

In 1986 Bohlen wrote the film music for several Tatort episodes by Duisburg Commissioner Horst Schimanski . In the episode Der Tausch , the song Midnight Lady was written by him and interpreted by the former singer of Smokie , Chris Norman . The song also became a number one hit . Two years later came the follow- Broken Blossoms entitled Broken Heroes again a collaboration between Norman and planks. In the same year he contributed the title song Silent Water with his music project Blue System in Tatort: ​​Moltke and made a guest appearance. Under the pseudonym Howard Houston, he contributed the title music to the scene of the crime for the last time for the last Schimanski crime scene, Der Fall Schimanski, with the song Against The Wind interpreted by Bonnie Tyler . For the 11-part ZDF family series Rivalen der Rennbahn (1989), Bohlen wrote the title music and produced the soundtrack , which reached number 2 in the charts in Germany, 4 in Austria and 5 in Switzerland.

In 1989 he won the Grand Prix preliminary rounds in Germany and Austria with his songs. Nino de Angelo competed for Germany with the song Flieger and took 14th place at the Grand Prix. Thomas Forstner competed with the title Nur ein Lied für Österreich and came in fifth. In 1992, Tony Wegas for Austria with the composed von Bohlen song together geh'n Grand Prix and finished tenth.

In 1997, Bohlen ended his Blue System project after its last publications were only accepted very reluctantly in the media and by the public. In March 2006, Bohlen released a new album which, in addition to twelve new and six old titles, also contains the last unreleased modern-talking single Shooting Star and the title song from Dieter - The Film , Gasoline . 2006 Bohlen joined the Romanian preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 as producer of the duo Indiggo with the piece Be My Boyfriend ; it reached seventh place in the preliminary round.

In 2010 the album Schwerelos produced by Bohlen for the singer Andrea Berg reached number 1 in the German album charts and was awarded triple platinum . The second album, Abenteuer produced by Bohlen for Berg, also achieved this in 2011 . Berg's double album Atlantis , released in 2013, contains songs by Bohlen , as does Seelenqueben from 2016. For her album Mosaik (2019) he wrote You have to fall first and that doesn't drown my heart .

In order to protect himself from being assigned to a certain musical style, Bohlen, usually as a producer, used constantly changing pseudonyms, such as Art of Music, Dee Bass, Fabricio / Fabrizio Bastino, Jennifer Blake, Joseph Cooley, Marcel Mardello, Steve Benson, Ryan Simmons, Barry Mason, Michael von Drouffelaar, Atisha, David Bernhardt or projects like Mayfair, Monza, Foolish Heart, Countdown GTO, Hit the Floor or Major T.

Stage comeback

In July 2019, Bohlen brought out Dieter Feat. Bohlen - Das Mega Album released his first album as a singer under his name, on which he among other things his hits with Modern Talking and the American Idol winning titles Take Me Tonight (2003), Now or Never (2007) and Call My Name, which he produced (2011) interpreted. It was ranked 4th in Germany, 7th in Austria and 9th in Switzerland on the album charts. In September 2019, after a sixteen-year break from the stage, he made his comeback in the Spandau Citadel , where he sang the songs on the album for the first time.

Music genre

In the 1980s and 1990s he produced Euro-Disco and Eurodance tracks with characteristic falsetto passages with Modern Talking, Blue System and CC Catch . He concentrated on the winners of the show Deutschland sucht den Superstar as well as on the productions with the pop singer Yvonne Catterfeld (among others Für dich , 2003, and Du hast haben mein Herzbroke , 2004) and Chris Norman (among others Midnight Lady , 1986) more on pop ballads .

The copyright expert Paul Hertin from Berlin repeatedly claimed that Bohlen had "stolen" several songs and thus violated copyright law. To Bohlen, for example, the melody of the song What If by Babyface for the production of For you have used for Yvonne Elliman. Based on Hertin's report on the allegations of plagiarism, the Berlin public prosecutor initiated an investigation against Bohlen, which was discontinued.

Casting shows

Germany is looking for the superstar (DSDS)

Bohlen was next in 2002 Thomas M. Stein , Shona Fraser and Thomas Bug juror of RTL - casting show Germany Idol (DSDS), in which he ( "You sing like a with controversial comments garden gnome on Ecstasy ") presented. At the beginning of 2003 he recorded the single We Have a Dream with the ten finalists from DSDS , which became the best-selling single of the year in Germany. The American Idol album United produced by Bohlen also proved to be commercially successful. The collaboration with the DSDS winner Alexander Klaws and the DSDS third party Daniel Küblböck was briefly a great success, as was the collaboration with Yvonne Catterfeld. Bohlen signed advertising contracts with Müller Milch , Makro Markt , S.Oliver , O₂ , Wiesenhof , Deutsche Bahn and Unilever . He receives a fee of 1.2 million euros per season of DSDS .

The second season of DSDS in 2004 could not build on the success of the first. Bohlen wrote again twelve songs for an album of all finalists called Magic of Music . Elli Erl , the winner of the second season, no longer wanted to work with him after her winning track This Is My Life, written by Bohlen , because she did not like his musical style. The fourth season, which Mark Medlock won, aired in the spring of 2007. Bohlen wrote Medlock's winning song Now or Never and produced his albums Mr. Lonely , Dreamcatcher , Cloud Dancer and Club Tropicana . In addition, Bohlen released the singles You Can Get It and Unbelievable together with Medlock .

In 2009, he produced the winning title with season six winner Daniel Schuhmacher , who became a number one hit . In the seventh season 2010 Mehrzad Marashi won ; Bohlen wrote and produced the winning song Don't Believe . He was also a member of the jury in the eighth season from January 2011. He also wrote and produced Call My Name , with which winner Pietro Lombardi and runner-up Sarah Engels made it to number one and two in the German singles charts.

For Luca Hänni , who won the ninth season of the talent show in 2012 , and the runner-up Daniele Negroni , he wrote Don't Think About Me . The single reached gold status in Switzerland after four days and was number 1 in the charts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bohlen also produced his debut album My Name Is Luca for Hänni , which reached number 1 in Austria and Switzerland and number 2 in the charts in Germany. It was awarded gold in Switzerland and Austria.

For the winner of the tenth season , Beatrice Egli , he wrote and produced the winning title Mein Herz . The song went to number one in the German , Austrian and Swiss charts in the first week of sales . Bohlen also produced her debut album Glücksgefühle . In 2015, Severino Seeger won , who reached number 19 in the German charts with the winning title Hero of My Heart, written by Bohlen . This was the worst chart placement of a DSDS winning song. In 2016 the winner was Prince Damien . His final song Glücksmoment , written by Bohlen, reached number one in the German charts. In 2018 the winner was Marie Wegener , who reached number 3 in the German charts with her title Königlich, written by Bohlen . Bohlen also produced her debut album of the same name . 2020 won Ramon Roselly with the written von Bohlen for the last four finalists song One night the 17th season . The hit also reached number one in the German charts. He also produced Roselly's album Herzenssache .

The Super talent

In 2007 Bohlen sat next to Ruth Moschner and André Sarrasani on the jury for the first season of the RTL casting show Das Supertalent . In the following seasons the jury members changed; only Bohlen was always there.

Books and films

Bohlen's autobiography Nothing but Truth , which he wrote in collaboration with the picture journalist Katja Kessler , became a bestseller in 2002 and in 2003 received the Goldene Feder media prize . The first edition of the second book by the author duo Bohlen and Kessler, Behind the Scenes , contained a multitude of details about various celebrities. Some of those affected (including his former partner Thomas Anders) obtained an injunction that the sale of the first edition could be stopped and only versions without the allegations they objected to could be distributed. The producer Frank Farian , for his part, responded with the book Stupid these planks .

In March 2006, the satirical cartoon Dieter - Der Film, shot based on Bohlen's biography and originally intended for the cinema, was broadcast by RTL. Bohlen did not synchronize himself, but spoke the narrator. Directed by Michael Schaack . In 2008, Bohlen published the book Der Bohlenweg - Planieren statt Sanieren , which deals more seriously with his career and is designed as a guide.

Private life

In 1983 Bohlen married his long-time girlfriend Erika Sauerland, with whom he has three children. In 1989 the couple separated and Bohlen began a relationship with Nadja Abd el Farrag . In 1996 the couple separated and Bohlen married Verona Feldbusch . The marriage lasted only a month, Feldbusch gave as the reason for divorce that he had been beaten by Bohlen, which the latter denies. From 1997 to 2000 he was again in a relationship with Abd el Farrag. From 2001 to August 2006 he lived with Estefania Küster , with whom he has a son. Since autumn 2006 he has been in a relationship with Fatma Carina Walz (* 1984), with whom he has a daughter (* 2011) and a son (* 2013). In 2018 Dieter Bohlen was ranked 624 on the list of the richest Germans by Manager Magazin with an estimated fortune of 250 million euros .

Discography as an interpreter

Sunday (Singles)

  • 1981 Young and Free
  • 1981 Halé, Hey Louise

Modern Talking (Albums)

  • 1985 The 1st Album
  • 1985 Let's Talk About Love
  • 1986 Ready for Romance
  • 1986 In the Middle of Nowhere
  • 1987 Romantic Warrior
  • 1987 In the Garden of Venus
  • 1998 Back for Good
  • 1999 Alone
  • 2000 2000 - Year of the Dragon
  • 2001 America
  • 2002 Victory
  • 2003 Universe

Blue System (albums)

  • 1987 Walking on a Rainbow
  • 1988 Body Heat
  • 1989 Twilight
  • 1990 obsession
  • 1991 Seeds of Heaven
  • 1991 Deja Vu
  • 1992 Hello America
  • 1993 Backstreet Dreams
  • 1994 21st Century
  • 1994 X-Ten
  • 1995 Forever Blue
  • 1996 Body to Body
  • 1997 Here I Am

Discography as an author and producer



Web links

Commons : Dieter Bohlen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: Dieter Bohlen  - in the news

Individual evidence

  1. a b WORLD: DIETER BOHLEN . In: THE WORLD . January 3, 2008 ( [accessed February 8, 2020]).
  2. Tim Pröse: People: "I know I have a bad reputation". In: Focus Online . May 6, 2011, accessed January 5, 2017 .
  3. ^ "People at Maischberger" on November 28, 2006, topic. “The Germany Jury” ( Memento from July 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) November 24, 2006.
  4. Tim Pröse: Early tests of strength with the rival. In: Focus Online . May 6, 2011, accessed January 5, 2017 .
  5. Rivals of the racetrack on
  6. Soundtrack / Dieter Bohlen - Rivals of the Racetrack on .
  7. ^ Federal Association of the Music Industry: BVMI database. In: Retrieved January 5, 2017 .
  8. New album by Andrea Berg storms the charts , , October 11, 2011
  9. Dieter Bohlen ends collaboration with Andrea Berg , , March 18, 2018
  10. ^ List of the titles produced by Bohlen
  11. Dieter Bohlen → A man who has many names ... ( Memento from April 20, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  12. Discography Ryan Simmons
  13. RTL : The 25 ... most piquant celebrity secrets , ranking show, Germany 2010, 135 min., First broadcast on May 1, 2010, 8:15 pm
  14. Thomas Bremser: New album by Dieter Bohlen: Between Singing and Crime Online edition of the Nordwest-Zeitung from July 3, 2019.
  15. Dieter Bohlen - Dieter feat. Bohlen - the mega album! on .
  16. Annika Schönstädt: Dieter Bohlen live in the Zitadelle Spandau Berlin: Thinly breathed to croaked online edition of the Berliner Morgenpost from September 1, 2019.
  17. Musikmarkt & Co. KG: Plagiarism proceedings against Dieter Bohlen discontinued (October 1, 2004). In: October 1, 2004, archived from the original on September 26, 2017 ; accessed on June 1, 2018 .
  18. ^ The fees of the TV stars, T-Online news portal
  19. ( Memento from April 17, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  20. Already gold for the winning song , Berner Zeitung , May 5, 2012.
  21. a b Rocket launch for “DSDS” -Luca , , June 1, 2012.
  23. Great success for album and single: Gold-Regen for Luca Hänni ,, August 3, 2012.
  24. Beatrice Egli. RTL, accessed on December 9, 2018 .
  25. Official chart positions of the single Königlich in Germany
  26. Bohlen reveals his loot scheme. In: May 30, 2007, accessed January 5, 2017 .
  27. Naddel unpacks: How Dieter Bohlen almost became emasculated ( memento from June 29, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) on
  28. ^ A b Thomas Hüetlin: Divorces: "Like the Gulf War for CNN" . In: Der Spiegel . No. 29 , 1996 ( online ).
  29. it / image: Dieter Bohlen: "Carina is super loving". In: Focus Online . September 3, 2006, accessed January 5, 2017 .
  30. Dieter Bohlen dad again - and the ex will soon be mom. In: . Retrieved January 5, 2017 .
  31. 1001: The richest Germans 2018 on
  32. Dieter Bohlen produces Semino Rossi's new album
  33. Pop titans: Farian starts book attack against Bohlen. In: Spiegel Online . April 5, 2004, accessed January 5, 2017 .