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Die Flippers

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  • Formed: Knittingen, Germany
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


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Die Flippers were a veritable institution of German pop, with a catalog of hits that spans across five decades. Manfred Durban, Claus Backhaus, Franz Halmich, Manfred Mössner, Manfred Hehl, and Hans Springer formed the earliest incarnation of the group in Knittlingen in 1964, performing as simply "Die Dancing Band." In the years to follow, the sextet emerged as one of the most popular acts on the local live circuit, albeit with several lineup changes: Bernd Hengst replaced Springer, Roland Bausert took over for Mössner, and Olaf Malolepski stepped in for Hehl. With the 1969 release of the single "Weine Nicht, Kleine Eva," their first release under the Flippers banner, the group rocketed to national fame. Their superstar status cemented with the 1970 release of "Sha La La, I Love You," and for the remainder of the decade they remained chart staples thanks to hits including 1974's "Rosemarie," 1975's "Luana," and 1977's "Kinder des Sommers." Co-founder Backhaus left Die Flippers in 1974, followed in 1979 by Bausert, who assumed lead vocal duties on many of their biggest hits. With Albin Berger installed as his replacement, the act's commercial fortunes plummeted, and only upon Bausert's return in 1985 did they return to the upper rungs of the charts via singles including "Auf Rote Rosen Fallen Tränen" and "Die Rote Sonne von Barbados." In 1987 Bausert again exited, ironically enough teaming with Albin Berger. The remaining trio of Durban, Hengst, and Malolepski soldiered on, but instead of stumbling Die Flippers enjoyed new commercial success, reeling off hits like "Sommerwind," "Sieben Tage," and "Ein Herz aus Schokolade" and remaining a chart force into the 21st century.


Die Flippers (The Flippers) were a German Schlager group formed in 1964. They were one of the most successful Schlager groups of all time, and have been constantly recording and releasing new music since their self-titled debut album was released in 1970. They have released 45 albums, 5 of which have gone platinum, 24 gold. They have won a Goldene Stimmgabel (one of the biggest German music awards) in 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Band history[edit]

The group was formed in 1964 in Knittlingen, Baden-Württemberg consisting of Manfred Durban, Claus Backhaus, Franz Halmich, Manfred Mössner, Manfred Hehl and Hans Springer. They called themselves the "Dancing Band," and one year later renamed themselves the "Dancing Show Band." Hans Springer was soon replaced by Bernd Hengst. In 1967 Olaf Malolepski replaced Manfred Hehl.

In 1969 the group released their first single "Weine nicht, kleine Eva" under their new name, Die Flippers. The song enjoyed great success on Schlager radio. Their second single, also from their debut album, entitled "Nur mit dir allein" was released, but did not match the success of "Weine nicht, kleine Eva". Not long after, the group released their third single, "Sha La La, I Love You" which was also a great success, and is now considered one of their trademark songs.

In the following years the group released numerous albums and quickly became arguably the biggest Schlager group of the early 1970s. In 1973, the group started working with producer Jean Frankfurter. In 1974, Claus Backhaus left the group.

Towards the end of the 1970s, the group's record sales began to drop, but the attendance for concerts remained high. In 1979 Roland Bausert left the group, and Albin Bucher (who would later become famous touring solo as Albin Berger) replaced him as the lead singer. In the same year Mick Hannes and Walter Gerke became the new production team, in attempt to regain the success the group enjoyed in years past.

The first half of the 1980s had passed, and the group was still unable to regain the success of the early 1970s. In 1985, lead Roland Bausert rejoined the group, but 1986 he exited the group once again. A new keyboardist, Harry Authenrieth, also joined the group but left shortly after Roland Bausert's exit.

The band continued as a trio, consisting of Bernd Hengst, Olaf Malolepski and Manfred Durban, the lineup continues to this day, and teamed up with producers Heinz Rupprich and Uwe Busse for the album Auf rote Rosen fallen Tränen. One year after in 1986, the group released their fifteenth album Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt. This played out to be their comeback album, and it was the group's first gold record. It also contained the massive hit "Die rote Sonne von Barbados". With this song, they appeared on many German television programs, including the ZDF-Hitparade. The album's title track was also a great success, and received a large amount of airplay on Schlager radio stations.

In 1988, the group went on tour for the first time. Since that year, they have been on yearly tours. Their biggest concert was at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany before an audience of 17,000.

In 1994, the German television network ZDF aired the first Flippers special. This led to several more throughout the rest of the 1990s and the 21st century.

In 2004, they celebrated their 35th anniversary with a greatest hits compilation entitled 35 Jahre - Ein Leben für die Zärtlichkeit and the biggest tour of their career, during which the played in some of the biggest stadiums in Germany. Over the course of the tour, over 150,000 people were in attendance.

They performed their last concert in Manheim on 19 March 2011 and gave their final TV performance on 9 April 2011.

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