Jean Frankfurter

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

Jean Frankfurter (pseudonym of Erich Leissmann) 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’.

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. The song finished sixth.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Jean Frankfurter will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1978: Feuer