Tamara Danz

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Lenore Tamara Danz (* 14. December 1952 in Winne , county Schmalkalden , Suhl district , East Germany ; † 22. July 1996 in Berlin ) was a German singer and frontwoman of the group Silly . She became one of the most famous rock singers in the GDR and became internationally known.


Tamara Danz was the daughter of a kindergarten teacher and a mechanical engineer who later worked as a commercial councilor. She spent part of her childhood in Romania and Bulgaria , where she attended a Russian-speaking school. In East Berlin , she first attended the EOS "Heinrich Hertz" in Friedrichshain, but then moved to the EOS "Klement Gottwald" in Treptow , where she graduated from high school in 1971. At this school she sang in the school band Die Cropies , which was directed by her boyfriend at the time, Uwe Kropinski . She broke off her interpreting studies after about one and a half years, and in 1973 her application to the "Hanns Eisler" University of Music in Berlin was rejected. She continued to sing with several bands, including the October Club . From 1973 to 1976 she had her first engagement with a professional rock band, the Horst Krüger Band, together with Heinz-Jürgen Gottschalk , Michael Schwandt and Bernd Römer . After three years of training, she received her professional certificate at the Friedrichshain Music School in 1977 .

Tamara Danz's grave in the Münchehofe cemetery

In 1978 Tamara Danz joined the Silly family, who renamed themselves Silly in 1980 . In 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1986 Danz was voted "Best Rock Singer of the Year" by critics of the GDR music scene. In 1986 she was the singer of the all-star band Gitarreros , where she met Uwe Hassbecker . On September 18, 1989, she was co-initiator and first signatory of the " Resolution of rock musicians and songwriters " to the GDR government, in which the admission of opposition groups and political reforms were demanded. Danz illegally read the text at the concerts.

She was one of the first to sign the appeal " For our country " published on November 28, 1989, which called for the GDR to develop independently. In 1990 she worked on various “round tables” on reforming the GDR. Later she was a co-founder of the "Committee for Justice".

For the 1993 Silly album Whoresonsons she wrote the majority of the lyrics for the first time, for the 1996 album Paradies she was the sole lyricist. She also worked as a producer on both albums . In 1994 Danz founded the Danzmusik Studio in Münchehofe near Berlin with other Silly musicians .

In 1995 Tamara Danz was diagnosed with breast cancer. About six months before her death in July 1996, she married Uwe Hassbecker. She was buried in the Münchehofe cemetery.

Albums (with Silly)


Tamara-Danz-Strasse in Berlin
  • In 2004 the band City released the song Tamara in honor of Tamara Danz .
  • In the Berlin district of Friedrichshain , a street near the Ostbahnhof , at today's Mercedes-Benz Arena , was named after Tamara Danz on November 16, 2006 , following a proposal by a working group of the district council assembly .
  • In Breitungen / Werra in Thuringia , where Tamara Danz's birthplace has now been incorporated, there has also been a Tamara-Danz-Straße since December 11, 2012.



  • Three courses - German identities . Feature , 45 minutes, script and direction: Rainer B. Jogschies, production: Norddeutscher Rundfunk , first broadcast: December 8, 1994; with Tamara Danz, Volkhard Knigge, Detlef Hoffmann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Silke Wenk , Annette Berr
  • Tamara Danz - Asylum in Paradise . Documentation, 45 minutes, script and direction: Alfred Roesler-Kleint and Peter Kahane, production: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg , first broadcast: July 13, 2006; Theatrical version 90 minutes


  • On September 29, 2018, the life and work of the singer was honored with the world premiere at the Uckermärkische Bühnen in Schwedt with the musical "Tamara".

Web links

Commons : Tamara Danz  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Tamara-Danz-Straße ( Memento from June 5, 2013 in the Internet Archive ). In: The streets of February 2007, Friedrichshainer Chronik.
  2. Alexander Osang : Tamara Danz. Legends. 1997, p. 199.
  3. “Getting at home at the Ostbahnhof” , taz , October 6, 2006
  4. ^ "Street named after Tamara Danz" ( Memento of October 7, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), Superillu , November 27, 2006
  5. www.insuedthueringen.de
  6. ^ Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt