Heinz-Jürgen Gottschalk

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Heinz-Jürgen "Gotte" Gottschalk (born May 16, 1948 in Erfurt ) is a German rock musician . As a singer , guitarist and composer he wrote GDR rock history.

Musical development

Gottschalk, who originally had a sporting career as a gymnast , gained his first stage experience as a child as a yodelling young folk music star . Infected by the beat movement , he founded the amateur band Spotlights in 1964 together with Jürgen Kerth , with whom he had attended the children's and youth sports school (KJS) in Erfurt . The band was one of the most famous beat bands in the Thuringian region. It also included Siegfried Hörger and Roland Michi (†). After the GDR leadership fundamentally changed their attitude towards beat music, the band had to rename itself in the limelight and was finally banned by local cultural officials in 1966. He then joined the band Titanus in 1967 and founded Nautiks a year later . The band included: H.-J. Gottschalk (guitar, vocals), Bernd Schulze (tenor saxophone, flute), Jochen Kloß (drums), Alexander Jereczinski (organ, piano) and Egon Böhm (bass guitar). Based on the musical role models of the bands Cream , Ten Years After and Blind Faith , the first own titles were created We go by the sea and lights in your eyes . In 1972 Gottschalk was drafted into the National People's Army for one and a half years of basic military service. He served in Drögeheide (Torgelow) in the 9th Transport Battalion (TB9) in the 9th Motorized Rifle Regiment "Rudolf Renner" of the 9th Panzer Division . During this time he played in the soldier band TBA combo . The GDR label Amiga published the title of the band You are a flower on the sampler Hallo 3 .

After the end of the army, Gottschalk reorganized the nautical department in 1970 . Werner Zentgraf (guitar, vocals), Volkmar Jaschke (bass guitar, vocals) and “Siggi” Hörger (drums) played with Gottschalk and Jereczinski in this formation. Further original compositions had emerged and the band had gained increasing popularity when they were banned by the local authorities on charges of illegally importing "western equipment" and Gottschalk was fined heavily. As a consequence of the events, he went to East Berlin in 1973 and joined the Horst Krüger Band as a singer . The title Rosenpflücken, composed by Gottschalk, and his vocal part in the titles Passion and Die Tagesreise , which are considered GDR rock classics, were particularly successful . In the middle of 1976 Horst Krüger broke up the band in order to work exclusively as a composer from then on. Gottschalk then founded the band Neue Generation with Petko Datschew, Axel Donner , Michael Behm, Hans-Joachim Schweda and Wolfram Kobischke . At the end of 1978 there were differences of opinion within the band about the further musical direction and finally their breakup.

Gottschalk then started a successful solo career. Guest tours have taken him to socialist countries abroad , to Paris and Luxembourg . In 1984 Amiga released his first long-playing record with current and previous compositions. A year later he used an appearance in West Berlin to escape from the GDR . Gottschalk lived in Munich and started a new solo career in the Federal Republic of Germany . After initial difficulties he got a record deal with Polydor , worked as a studio singer and wrote songs for Gaby Albrecht and the Thomasius duo . After a serious illness and a subsequent recovery break in the mid-1990s, he decided, like many of his former musician colleagues from the GDR, to go back to East Germany, where he has since performed as a soloist with Werner Zentgraf and with the band Vital . In the 1990s Gottschalk published at Polydor and Ariola under the pseudonym Axel Vagris .

The GENERATION plus music project was created in early 2011 in cooperation with the singer Gerti Möller . On April 1, 2011, they publish the title They Need Your Help (in Haiti) .



  • 1984 When I'm on my back (Amiga)
  • 1989 Gotte Gottschalk (Polydor)
  • 2010 Blue Room - Spacemusic
  • 2010 Vocal Total
  • 2010 V
  • 2013 When I'm on my back - The hits
  • 2014 That's Life


  • 1981 When I'm on my back / Danny (Amiga)
  • 1981 The Angler (Amiga)
  • 1981 Boat On a River / Dream of the Tree (Amiga)
  • 2011 They need your help (in Haiti) (Dos Santos Entertainment)


  • 1981 dream of a tree on pop stars 1/1981 (Amiga)
  • 1996 Noahs Taube on Beatkiste 1 (Barbarossa)
  • 1996 When I lie on my back on The Most Beautiful Rock Ballads VI (Amiga)
  • 1996 Stefan's dream on Beatkiste 2 (Barbarossa)
  • 1996 A life is reborn on Beatkiste 3 (Barbarossa)
  • 2005 You don't know winter on Notenbude 4 (Choice of music)

See also


  • Götz Hintze: Rock Lexicon of the GDR. 2nd Edition. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-89602-303-9 , pp. 122-123.
  • HP Hofmann: Beat Lexicon. Performers, authors, technical terms . VEB Lied der Zeit Musikverlag, Berlin (East) 1977.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gottschalk, Gotte - German Mugge. In: deutsche-mugge.de. Retrieved September 30, 2019 .
  2. Gotte Gottschalk. In: www.gotte-gottschalk.de. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013 ; accessed on September 30, 2019 .
  3. Axel Vagris at Discogs