Stefan Diestelmann was born on January 29, 1949 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Stefan was a singer, guitarist, harmonica player, lyricist, composer and film producer. From 1961 to 1984 he lived in East Germany. He had years of practical experience, with intensive study of the forms of expression in the blues and jazz. He performed with such blues musicians as Louisiana Red, Memphis Slim, Alexis Korner and Phil Wiggins which helped make him an accomplished blues musician. He later lived in Ammersee in Bavaria. In the Federal Republic, he was unable to repeat his success in the GDR. In the mid-1990s, he ended his musical career and founded the company Diestel Film, where he produced film presentations and documentaries.
Stefan appeared in only one Euro-western: “Sing, Cowboy, Sing” in 1981 with Dean Reed playing a saloon bartender.
Diestelmann died in obscurity on March 7, 2007 in Tutzing, Bavaria, Germany. He was only 58. The news was not released until 2012 nearly five years after his passing.
Today we remember Stefan Diestelmann on what would have been his 65th birthday.