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Martin Bottcher (1927 to 2019) was a German composer, arranger and conductor. Martin Hermann Bottcher was born on June 17th 1927 in Berlin, Germany. He began taking piano lessons at an early age; however, as he grew up he became obsessed by flying, developing a later wish to become a test pilot. At less than seventeen years old during World War Two, he started his military training in the German Luftwaffe (however, he never went into combat action due to shortages of fuel by the time he was ready to fly). Eventually held as a prisoner of war, he managed to get hold of a guitar in the POW camp and taught himself to play it. Following his release at the end of hostilities, he went to Hamburg where he started his musical career with the 'Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk', a dance and entertainment orchestra which had been founded by Willi Steiner (and which was already held in high esteem in England). In 1950, during his prolific work on new sounds, Bottcher recorded the first "trick guitar" pieces in Germany, in the style of Les Paul, and made his cinematic composing debut in 1955 (thanks to film producer Artur Brauner) by composing the music for the military satire "Der Hauptmann und sein Held". However, he found his greatest success in the 1960s while composing the score for ten of the Karl May films, the first being "Der Schatz im Silbersee" (with the famous "Old-Shatterhand-Melodie"). The films starred, among many others, the American actor Lex Barker and the British actor Stewart Granger. His main themes from these films reached many top positions in the German charts and sold thousands of records, but with the German film industry declining at the end of the 1960s, he increasingly focused on working for German TV instead. Bottcher wrote a number of successful scores in the 1970s, among them music for the TV series "Sonderdezernat K1" and for numerous episodes of "Der Alte and Derrick". In 1998, a band from Cologne called the 'Superboys' scored a hit with a vocal version of his "Winnetou-Melodie" (from the second "Winnetou" film). They named the song "Ich Wunscht' du Warst bei Mir", and it reached the top of the 'ZDF' television charts (a cover version by the Czech group 'Tezkej Pokondr', called "Vinetu", even received double-platinum for sales in their home country in March 2000). He collected a special honour in 2002: as a jury member of the "Europaischer Forderpreis", he represented Germany at that year's European Biennale for Film Music in Bonn. Martin Bottcher died in Westerronfeld on April 19th 2019, aged 91. He leaves his wife Anneliese and their two children. [ Translated from: http://www.tt.com/ticker/15566866/winnetou-komponist-martin-boettcher-gestorben ]
Sources: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005989/bio - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B%C3%B6ttcher
Posted: 19th May 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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