Sunday, September 2, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Heinz Gietz

Heinz Gietz was born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany on March 31, 1924 in Frankfurt. He was a German composer, music producer, arranger and songwriter. Together with Kurt Feltz , Gietz formed one of the most successful author teams of the German post-war hit in Cologne. He received 30 gold records and wrote over 40 film scores.

Starting in 1935 he received violin lessons, and from 1937 also piano lessons. From 1941 he attended Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt and gained his first experience with jazz from Carlo Bohländer and Emil Mangelsdorff . The young Frankfurt musicians Bohländer and Mangelsdorff formed during the period of National Socialism in 1941 with the clarinetist Charly Petri, the pianist and bassist Hans Otto Jung and the drummer Hans Podehl a jazz band. On May 17, 1945, the musicians of the Hotclub sextet received a license from the US occupation authority, by which public appearances were permitted.

After World War II Gietz began playing in such bands as Billy Balk, Carlos Gedarro, Dave Cumberland Orchestra, Orchester Heinz Gietz  and composing for films and later television. He also was one of the top German arrangers and song writers of the 1950s and ‘60s, working with such tops stars as Caterina Valente and Bill Ramsey.

In 1966, along with Rolf Englede, Heinz founded Cornet Records.

Heinz Gietz died on December 24, 1989 at the age of 65 in Cologne. His son Alexander also works in Cologne as a music producer and producer among others. the music of his wife Sylvia Vrethammar , who was already working with his father.

GIETZ, Heinz [5/31/1924, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany – 12/24/1989, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany] – producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, musician (piano, violin), married to ? father of producer Alexander Gietz, co-founded Cornet Records [1966].
Die Goldsucher von Arkansas* - 1964
Count Bobby, the Terror of the Wild West* – 1965
A Man Called Gringo – 1965

*Available on CD

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