Friday 10 December 1971


Born: December 1st, 1943, Buckow (Germany)
Died: October 2nd, 1978, Munich (West Germany)
Nationality: German

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


From the late 1960s onwards, Dieter Zimmermann worked as a composer, arranger, and record producer. In 1968, he tried to help young Agnetha Fältskog (later one of the members of ABBA) force her way into the West German music market; around that time, Fältskog his fiancée for a short time. His main success as an arranger came in 1971 with ‘Ein Mädchen für immer’ by Peter Orloff. He composed songs for Juliane Werding and Marianne Rosenberg and was Costa Cordalis’ producer. In the late 1970s, he was one of the main record producers in West Germany of disco music before succumbing to an incurable disease at the age of 34.


In 1971, Zimmermann composed and arranged ‘Diese Welt’, which was sung by Katja Ebstein and won the West German Eurovision preselection that year. Although in the German heats the song had been conducted by HR Orchestra leader Willy Berking, Zimmermann himself led the orchestra during the international final in Dublin, where West Germany came 3rd behind Monaco and Spain.


Country – West Germany
Song title – “Diese Welt”
Rendition – Katja Ebstein
Lyrics – Fred Jay
Composition – Dieter Zimmermann
Studio arrangement – Dieter Zimmermann
Live orchestration – Dieter Zimmermann
Conductor – Dieter Zimmermann
Score – 3rd place (100 votes)

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