Nationality: German (formerly: Hungarian)
With László ‘Leslie’ Mandoki, pianist and bass player László Bencker fled Hungary in the 1970s, after having been active in Budapest’s students’ opposition against the communist regime. With Mandoki, who became a pop star in West Germany, he founded the Park Studios in Munich. Bencker has worked as a record producer and arranger since he came to Germany, working with artists such as Howard Carpendale, Placido Domingo, Engelbert Humperdinck, No Angels, Jennifer Rush, and – of course – Leslie Mandoki. He released several instrumental records under his own name, including ‘Lady Robot’.
László Bencker arranged and conducted the 1987 West German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brussels, ‘Lass die Sonne in dein Herz’ by Wind. The song was composed by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger. This effort finished second behind Ireland’s Johnny Logan and was a chart success in several European countries.
In due course, a more extensive biography of László Bencker will be published on this website
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