Hans Knipp

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Hans Rudolf Knipp (born May 10, 1946 in Cologne-Mülheim ; † December 2, 2011 in Altenkirchen , Westerwald ) was a German composer and lyricist in Cologne dialect . Among other things, he wrote more than 100 titles for the Bläck Fööss , including Mer losse d'r Dom en Kölle , and evergreens such as Mir schenke dä Ahl e Paar Blömcher and 'Ne visit to the zoo .


Knipp was a student at Cologne's Humboldt Gymnasium , which he left in 1963 without having finished school. He then began an apprenticeship as a wholesale merchant and later as an advertising photographer . He broke off both training courses after two years. As an unskilled temporary worker, he subsequently took on various jobs as a delivery driver and warehouse worker. At the same time, Knipp began to write songs in his spare time. As a basis he took six months of guitar lessons that he had taken while at school. He recorded the finished songs with a tape recorder and accompanied his singing with the guitar. In the following years he offered the recordings to various music publishers and record companies. In 1968 he succeeded for the first time in a successful contract with the title Mir schenken dä Ahl e paar Blömcher . From 1972 he worked as a freelance lyricist and composer.

Knipp, who did not get rich with his compositions, last lived in modest circumstances in Altenkirchen. There he died of heart failure on December 2, 2011. His urn was buried on December 19th in the presence of his wife Heidi and daughter Marion in the rest forest near Steimel .

Artistic work

Cooperation with the Bläck Fööss

The main buyer of his compositions about the Cologne milieu, the Rhenish mentality and with a look behind the scenes of the petty-bourgeois everyday life became the Cologne dialect group Bläck Fööss , with over 100 titles , to which Hartmut Priess first came into contact in 1970, when they were still unknown. She also came to the Cornet label in 1971 after her first single with Electrola was unsuccessful. His first composition for the group, Mir drinken us einer Fläsch , became the A-side of their 1971 second single. With Mer losse d'r Dom en Kölle, Knipp wrote one of the hymns of the Cologne carnival in 1973. Originally intended as a criticism of the city of Cologne's redevelopment policy, the piece is often interpreted as an homage to Cologne Cathedral . In Long Saturday en d'r City from 1977, the group sings about the experience of a shopping Saturday with small children. In his titles for the Bläck Fööss he was still guided by the artistic diversity of this band (e.g. Buuredanz , Ming eetste Fründin , Merbruche keine , Our family tree ).

More carnival hits

For Fips Asmussen he wrote the parody Ein Korn im Feldbett (on the hit Ein Bett im Kornfeld ) in 1976 . Knipp also wrote songs for the Paveier ( Doktor, Doktor und Heut brennt mein igloo , 1986; Buenos Dias Matthias , 1987). The Kolibris took over his Wenn die Jecke widder trecke in 1991 . His greatest High German success was the text of the title melody Waiting Room of Dreams from the ZDF television series Die Weltings from the main station in the interpretation of Höhner , which was first broadcast on April 5, 1994.

Statistics and awards

In total, Knipp has written over 870 titles for well-known Cologne performers and many other greats of the Cologne Carnival . He was u. a. 1986 awarded the " Willi Ostermann Gold Medal ". In 1998 he received the Cologne Literature Prize . In its series Kölsche Evergreens in 1991 and 2005, the Kreissparkasse Köln published a CD with only songs by and partly with Hans Knipp.

Cologne's Lord Mayor Jürgen Roters paid tribute to him in a letter of condolence: “Hans Knipp has written around 870 songs since the 1970s. This is a great lifetime achievement and these songs were even more: they are the embodiment of Kölschen Siel, the identity and the specific Kölsch feeling. (...) With his texts he has written city stories that hit the people of Cologne deeply. "


  • Dieter Glave: "Life is very close" . Memories of Hans Knipp. Marzelle Verlag, Cologne 2012, ISBN 978-3-937795-22-5 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ The music scene mourns Hans Knipp . Matthias Pesch, Norbert Ramme. In: ksta.de from December 5, 2011, accessed on December 11, 2017
  2. Glave 2012, pp. 7–8
  3. Hans Knipp. Musikverlage Hans Gerig KG, November 15, 2013, accessed on January 13, 2019 (author profile).
  4. a b Gisbert Baltes, Rheinland , 2012, o. P.
  5. Glave 2011, p. 11
  6. Herbert Hoven: He let the cathedral in Cologne and the Buure dance. In: Experienced stories. WDR 5 , September 5, 2010, accessed January 6, 2019 .
  7. Tommy Engel, Engel, Bengel, Botzestengel , 1991, p. 103.
  8. Archive link ( Memento of the original dated February 21, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.karneval.de
  9. High German: Soul
  10. Nicole Trum: On the death of Hans Knipp, father of hundreds of Cologne hymns. Press release. City of Cologne - Office for Press and Public Relations, December 7, 2011, accessed on January 13, 2019 .