Saturday 22 April 1978


Born: March 9th, 1948, Frankfurt am Main (West Germany)
Nationality: German

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


Jean Frankfurter (pseudonym of Erich Liessmann) studied music and Germanic languages in Frankfurt. From the 1970s onwards, he has been a composer and producer of countless German acts, including Costa Cordalis (‘Anita’) and Arabesque (‘Marigot Bay’). Under another pseudonym, Ben Juris, he composed Danyel Gérard’s international hit ‘Butterfly’ (1971). Later, Frankfurter specialized in composing and producing German folk music (often working with lyricist Irma Holder) for André Stade, Kastelruther Spatzen, Die Flippers, Patrick Lindner, and many more. Stefanie Hertel won the Grand Prix der Volksmusik in 1992 with a song by Frankfurter, ‘Über jades Bacherl geht a Brückerl’. In 1993, he won the Echo Prize as most successful German-language composer. Frankfurter also wrote the music to several TV series, including Ein Schloss am Wörthersee and Marienhof. In 2013, he composed and produced Helene Fischer's monster hit 'Atemlos durch die Nacht'. 


Jean Frankfurter composed, arranged, and conducted West Germany’s entry to the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Feuer’ (lyrics: John Möring). It was performed by Ireen Sheer. At the contest final in Paris, the song placed sixth in a field of 20 competitors.


Country – West Germany
Song title – "Feuer"
Rendition – Ireen Sheer
Lyrics – John Möring
Composition – Jean Frankfurter
Studio arrangement – Jean Frankfurter
Live orchestration – Jean Frankfurter
Conductor – Jean Frankfurter
Score – 6th place (84 votes)

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