Sonntag, 22 April 2018
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The world has long awaited their return.
The wait is now at an end:

Dschinghis Khan rides again!

In the 13th century, the Mongolian leader Genghis Khan (in German Dschinghis Khan) and his hoard of riders conquered a vast area of the world as it was known at that time. Centuries later, a colourful, historical and costumed music group from Munich did the same with a surprise attack on the world of music. Dschinghis Khan won all of the important music awards, went gold and platinum in 20 countries and sold no less than 20 million records. They were guests on 240 TV shows and smiled at us from the front covers of the leading magazines. Dschinghis Khan is globally accepted as having been the most successful group ever produced by Germany. And now for sensational news: Dschinghis Khan will ride across the stages of the world once more!

A young journalist described the phenomenon of "Dschinghis Khan" in a magazine for young people in April 1980: “Some practice day and night for years. They want to appear on the TV or at least in the recording studio. But they end up playing in the town sports clubs and the fireman’s ball. Pop music is a tough nut to crack. However there are also masterminds on the scene. For example the “super group” Dschinghis Khan. This group had already released a hit record before they even came into being. Their hit – also called 'Dschinghis Khan' – is mainly rhythm and dance. Despite this, it still received a gold disc. And in fact the music is not all that important here. The main rolls are played by: An intelligent producer, an intelligent writer, an intelligent choreographer, an intelligent costume designer, an intelligent and quick-witted group of artists and many, many intelligent teenagers with lots of pocket money. Together, that equals a hit.”


This was just what the composer and producer Ralph Siegel was hoping for. In the pioneering early days of Dschinghis Khan, great ideas were his speciality. He wanted to win the “Eurovision Song Contest”, the prize for the televised European event being the most important trophy in pop music. His record about the Mongolian leader Genghis Khan was ideal for this: It was the musical equivalent of a jack hammer, with text which was simple but genius.

(f.l. Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger 
with Dschinghis Khan)


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