Günther-Eric Thöner

Born: March 25th, 1941
Died: February 7th, 2001, Starnberg (Germany)
Nationality: German

Munich-based Günther-Eric Thöner was the leading member of the Jay Five band. In the 1970s, he became a record producer, composer, and arranger for, amongst others, Karel Gott, Wolfgang Sauer, Jürgen Marcus, and Graham Bonney. For the 1981 hit recording ‘Angel of mine’ by Frank Duval, he sang the backing vocals. Thöner composed many jingles for TV and radio advertisements for McDonald’s and other companies.

Günther-Eric Thöner composed and arranged the 1973 West German entry ‘Junger Tag’ (lyrics by his long-time writing partner Stephan Lego), sung by Gitte; the song came eight among seventeen competitors. Thöner took part in the West German preselection as a composer several more times, e.g. in 1985 with Wolff Gerhard and ‘Also lebe ich’. In 1986, Thöner himself had a go as a vocalist with ‘Du bist der Wind, der meine Flügel trägt’, but the honour to represent West Germany in Bergen (Norway) that year went to Ingrid Peters with a song composed by Hans Blum, “Über die Brücke geh’n’.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Günther-Eric Thöner will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1973: Junger Tag