Saturday 6 April 1974


Born: September 25th, 1925, Regensburg (Germany)
Died: July 5th, 2001, Lugano (Switzerland)
Nationality: German

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Werner Scharfenberger, who had joined the Max Greger Orchestra as a pianist in 1949, was one of Germany’s most successful composers of pop songs in the 1950s and 1960s, with a string of hits to his credit, which include ‘Seemann, deine Heimat ist das Meer’ for Lolita, ‘Heisser Sand’ for Mina, and ‘Sugar baby’ for Peter Kraus. Some other vocalists to record work by Scharfenberger are Peter Alexander, Conny Froeboess, Caterina Valente, and Esther Ofarim. Moreover, Scharfenberger worked as an arranger and conductor in the recording studio for many years. He also composed the music to some German folklore movies.


With lyricist Kurt Feltz, Werner Scharfenberger wrote a song for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, a typical Schlager effort called ‘Die Sommermelodie’. It was performed by Cindy & Bert and was the West German entrant in the festival in Brighton. Scharfenberger himself conducted the orchestra. That year, West Germany came joint-last with only three points scored.


Country – West Germany
Song title – "Die Sommermelodie"
Rendition – Cindy & Bert
Lyrics – Kurt Feltz
Composition – Werner Scharfenberger
Studio arrangement – Werner Scharfenberger
(studio orchestra conducted by Werner Scharfenberger)
Live orchestration – Werner Scharfenberger
Conductor – Werner Scharfenberger
Score – 14th place (3 votes)

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