Rainer Pietsch

Born: April 12th, 1944, Walburg (Germany)
Died: August 21st, 1997, Munich (Germany)
Nationality: German

Rainer Pietsch was born the son of a tenor and a music teacher. He learnt to play the bass, the guitar, the piano, the organ. In the 1960s, he was a member of various pop bands in Cologne: The Black Föös (Plack-Fizzles), The Band Beat Stones, and The Singing End. He made tours with renowned bands such as The Who, Herman’s Hermits, and The Fortunes. In 1969, Pietsch began working as a producer for bands such as Triumvirat and The Lords. Later, he moved to Munich, where he became one of West Germany’s most sought-after studio arrangers and was contracted by the music production company of Ralph Siegel. In Munich, Pietsch worked as a producer and arranger for Michael Holm, Wind, Amanda Lear (‘Follow me’), ELO, Queen, Patty Pravo, Peter Alexander, Nicole, and many more. Among the most successful songs he wrote himself are ‘Nur ein Kuss, Maddalena’ for Michael Holm and ‘C’est la vie’ for Karel Gott. All in all, in his relatively short life, Pietsch composed more than 500 songs and wrote over 2000 arrangements.

Rainer Pietsch took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for West Germany three times, the first occasion being in 1975 with a song he had written himself: ‘Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein’; Joy Fleming only managed to score a meagre 17th place with it in the international final in Stockholm, but the song became an evergreen in Germany and beyond. In Stockholm, Pietsch conducted his song in a most spectacular fashion. In 1985 and 1990, Pietsch wrote the orchestrations to the songs ‘Für alle’ (composed by Hanne Haller and performed by Wind) and ‘Frei zu leben’ (composed by Ralph Siegel and performed by Chris Kempers & Daniel Kovac) and conducted the orchestra in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a second and a ninth place as respective results.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Rainer Pietsch will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1975: Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein
1985: Für alle
1990: Frei zu leben