Michael Thatcher

Nationality: American

Pianist and organist Michael Thatcher hails from California, where he worked with jazz greats such as Tony Scott and Art Farmer. He was the musical director of ‘Godspell’, which was also staged in Hamburg; it was the beginning of Thatcher’s career in West Germany, where he played in the Munich-based combo of Heinz von Hermann (1970) and arranged and produced records for Donna Summer, Gitte Hænning, Peter Maffay, and Mireille Mathieu. He wrote film soundtracks and music for television. Either as a conductor or a pianist, he accompanied Katja Ebstein and Howard Carpendale.

Michael Thatcher arranged and conducted the 1988 West German entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Lied für einen Freund’; the song was written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger, performed by mother-daughter team Maxi & Chris Garden, and finished fourteenth – a bitter disappointment, as it was the worst result for a West German entry since 1976.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Michael Thatcher will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1988: Lied für einen Freund