Jürgen Wölfer

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Jürgen Wölfer (born December 25, 1944 in Eisleben ; † July 24, 2015 ) was a German music author and historian with a focus on jazz .


Wölfer studied education , graduated with a diploma and worked for a long time in the record industry, where he was most recently product manager for jazz and classical music at BMG . He is known as the author of several jazz lexicons, wrote a lexicon of popular music (excluding Schlager, rock music, folk music) and film composers. He also wrote a biography of Dizzy Gillespie and authored discographies by Anita O'Day , Pérez Prado and Johnny Richards (bio discography). He lived in Gütersloh .

Fonts (selection)

  • Lexicon of Jazz . 2nd edition Hannibal Verlag, St. Andrä 1999, ISBN 3-85445-164-4 (EA 1993).
  • Jazz in Germany. The encyclopedia. All musicians and record companies from 1920 until today . Hannibal Verlag, St. Höfen 2008, ISBN 978-3-85445-274-4 (with over 100 pages of Amiga discography in the appendix)
  • with Jack Hartley: Johnny Richards. The Definite Bio-Discography . Balboa Books, Lake Geneva, WI 1999, ISBN 0-936653-84-1 .
  • The Great Lexicon of Popular Music. Popular music from the 19th century to the present day; from the Viennese waltz to swing, Latin music and easy listening . Verlag Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-89602-272-5 .
  • with Roland Löper: The great lexicon of film composers. The magicians of cinematic acoustics; from Ennio Morricone to Hans Zimmer . Verlag Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-89602-296-2 .
  • Manual of Jazz . 2nd edition Heyne Verlag, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-453-01025-6 (EA Munich 1979).
  • The rock and pop music. A comprehensive account of their history and function . Heyne Verlag, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-453-01060-4 .
  • Dizzy Gillespie. His life, his music, his records (Collection Jazz; Vol. 9). Oreos, Schaftlach 1987, ISBN 3-923657-16-1 .
  • with Raymond D. Hair: Thinking of You. The Story of Kay Kyser . Bear Manor Media, Albany, GA 2012, ISBN 978-1-59393-636-5 .
  • Gerald Wilson . A discography . Almere, NL 2012, ISBN 978-90-77260-00-5 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Obituary