Heino Gaze

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Heino Gaze (born February 20, 1908 in Halle (Saale) , † October 24, 1967 in Berlin ) was a German composer and lyricist .


Heino Gaze (spoken: Gaaze) studied law in Halle after graduating from high school in the 1920s and 1930s. Like his father, who was not only a lawyer in Halle, but also president of the local philharmonic orchestra and operetta composer, Gaze was split between a “solid” law education and a penchant for the “easy muse”. He financed his studies initially with income as a piano player in bars. In 1936 he passed the Grand State Examination in Law and was then admitted to the bar. Gaze worked as an assessor and most recently worked as in-house counsel and head of the personnel department of a steelworks. He also composed and had his first great success in 1943 with the song Laternchen, Laternchen , for which he had also written the text.

After the war he finally changed his profession and in 1945 took over the musical direction of the comedians' cabaret in Berlin, which he gave up in 1949. At that time he was also the house composer. In the fifties and sixties, Gaze worked as a freelancer and became known for numerous hits, which also made him a frontrunner in terms of GEMA income. Like other composers, Gaze founded his own music publishing house, Takt und Ton .

Gaze received a gold record for Calcutta lies on the Ganges (1960), sung by Vico Torriani , the song was recorded as Calcutta by Lawrence Welk in late 1960 and reached No. 1 in the US pop charts in 1961. There was also a gold award for the mood song “ Schnaps” sung by Willy Millowitsch , that was his last word . Bully Buhlan was a well-known interpreter of Gauze's songs ( Don't have a bride for me , I've got so used to you ). He has also contributed the music for around 40 films. In 1962 Gaze discovered Drafi Deutscher for show business.

His best-known hits: Grandpa (across Europe) 1948, Schnürlregen (Da-domm, da-dimm) 1949, La-Le-Lu (1950), It started with a kiss on the doorstep (1951), Hab'n Sie not a bride for me (1951), I'm so used to you (1951), Sunday night on the Reeperbahn (1951), Egon (1952), homesickness for you (1952), a musician, a musician (1952), Turn around again (1952), Look into my eyes (1952), Be nice to me (1953), The little love carousel (1953), Angelika (1953), The girls with the faithful look (1954), The bar of Jonny Miller (1955), Die Gipsy-Band (1955), But at night in the bar (1958), Calcutta is on the Ganges (1960), Schnaps, that was his last word (1960), Berliner Polka (1961), Shake Hands (1964).

Heino Gaze's hits have been arranged and interpreted many times, but have also appeared in remixes, such as La-Le-Lu . In 1993 and 2003 the classic was reissued and sung by the German pop rock band Pur . Nevertheless, one associates very special performers with his songs, such as Evelyn Künneke ( Egon ) or Heinz Rühmann ( La-Le-Lu ). Gazes Berlin-Polka is one of the most popular hits that this city is about. Gaze's music is still present today. This was shown by the Berlin comes again revue , which premiered on June 1, 1945 with Brigitte Mira . With the help of Sonja Gaze, the composer's widow, it was performed again on the grounds of the Westkreuz train station in August 1987 on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Berlin, under the direction of Johannes Felsenstein .


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