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May 4, 2017 8:34 pm  #1

German artist pseudonyms (orchestra leaders)

Following MrXmusic's recent comment, I thought I'd take look at this, too.
To explain, these are the artist names listed on German library LPs (typically of "The X Orchestra" kind) for which the alias does not appear for writing credits, and can be tied with certainty to a specific composer. Artist names tied to a related composer alias, such as "Juan Erlando and His Orchestra" are not included here, but can be found in the German composer alias list. If the name is only identified by a single name, I have included the full group name for context.
Sometimes these only appear on a single release or track, sometimes several. Some are seemingly obvious when seen in light of their associated composers, such as "Cliff Hammer" and Hans Hammerschmid, but many are not - and some might be entirely unrelated to the composers. My guesses in brackets, followed by a question mark.
Any additions, input and speculation warmly welcome. Your guess is likely to be just as good as mine, haha.

Al Saxon (Konrad Wolf?)
Andy Klinkerstone (Konrad Wolf?)
Anthony Cumberland
Antonio Santos
Antony Wood
Armand Versailles
Ben Batosch
Ben Bernard
Ben Cooper (Walter Kubiczeck?)
Benito Bernardo
Benito Gonzalez
Benno Wagner
Benny Saltzman
Bernd Bernbach
Berry Simon
Bert Jackson
Billy's (Heribert Thusek)
Bob Morris
Bobby Lee
Bobby Setter (Robert Valere "Bob" Verhelst, belgian orchestra leader and vocalist.)
Bud Taylor/Bud Tailor
Buster Beaton
Charles Brissot
Charlie's Oldtimers (Hagen "Charles" Galatis)
Chester Phillips
Chuck Freeman (Helmuth Brandenburg)
Cliff Hammer (Hans Hammerschmid)
Conny Louis
Conny van Dyck
Daniel Clay
Dave's Funnybones
Dave Martin (Fritz Maldener?)
Dave Perkins
David Rosenstein
David Summerfield
Django Silver
Don Carlos
Don Kipling
Eddy Coulter
Edmund Högemann (Pianist.)
Felix Morton (Fritz Maldener?)
Fernando Mendoza (Konrad Wolf?, Hans Ehrlinger?)
Francis Broke/Francis Brooke
Frank's Dixielanders (Franz Frankenberg?)
Frank Alamo
Frank Madison
Frank Thomas
Fred Forster (allegedly Werner Drexler)
Fritz Sonnleitner
Gary Boston
Georg(e) Herrmann (Jürgen Hermann)
George Blackmore
George' De Mood
George King (Kai Rautenberg?)
George Winters (Gerhard Narholz, possibly in collaboration with Manfred Minnich?)
Gerry Day (Wolfgang Dauner)
Goody Gudera (Wolfgang Mäder?, Werner von Overheidt?)
Hal Branden (Helmuth Brandenburg?)
Hans Hatter (Heinz Hötter?)
Hans Herchenhan (actually Herchenhahn. German(?) violinist.)
Harry Man
Harry Howard (Heinz Hötter?)
Harry West
Henry Beatinger
Henry Jackson
Henry King
Henry Malberg (Fritz Maldener?)
Henry Monza (Erich Schneider-Reinerz?)
Herbert Schuster
Honky John
Howard Jones
Ivo Ivanovic
Jack Barner
Jack Hammer (Hans Hammerschmid?)
Jack Summer
Jack Wolfe (Hans Wolf-Kraus)
James Douglas (Fritz Maldener?)
The Jay Five (German instrumental beat group, "Jay Five" referring to the five members' nicknames; "Jock", "Jerry", "Jay", "Joe" and "Jiggs".)
Jay Harmon (Chris Striegler/Heinz Kretzschmar?)
Jerome Munafo (Ruggero Munafo, belgian guitarist, composer and arranger.)
Joe & Harry (Joe Satory (= Hans Ehrlinger) and Heribert "Harry" Thusek?)
Joe Candlelight (Herbert Küster?)
Joe Corney (Eduard Koeck?)
Joe Fender (Frank Pleyer?)
Joe Palmer
Joe Scott (Hans Ehrlinger)
Joe Swingman (Hans Ehrlinger?)
John Oxford
John Popking
John van Zoot
John Wallis
K & K
Kai Martin
Karl Schmidt
Kenny Bird (Fritz Maldener?)
King Mauna
Kookie Freeman (Helmuth Brandenburg)
Kosta Lukacs
Leo Mann (Theo Schumann)
Leo Silvestri
Les Searle
Lester Cleveland
Lester Mahl (Fritz Maldener?)
Lew Howard
Lord Chester
Louis Voss
Lucky Simon (Luciano Simoncini, also cover name for one or more Polish orchestra leaders?)
Maurice Pop (Fritz Maldener)
Marcus Österdahl
Mario Monte
Martin Brandl
Master Jo
Mc Daniel
Mel Pike (Marcel Clement D. Picavet, belgian orchestra leader.)
Michael Kent
Michael Oliver
Mike Moore (Wolfgang Mürmann)
Mister Wendelin
Mr. Swoboda
Nick Forest
Norman Barry
Pat Michael (Robert "Bob" Sharples?)
Perry London
Pete Springfield
Peter Adams
Peter Asam
Peter Franklin
Peter Gordon (Peter Sander-Gordon Langford)
Peter Johns
Peter Trom (pun, "Trompeter")
Phil Chrysander
Pierre Lavin
Pitt Fontana
Ralf Burger
Ralph Boston (Mladen Franko/Horst Reipsch)
Ralph Haldenby (Uwe Buschkötter in a wig?)
Ray Eden
Raymond Hill
René Clermont
Rex Brown (Friedel Berlipp?)
Riccardo Riccione
Rich Hendersen
Richie Hillman
Robby's Dixieland Seven
Robert James
Robert Wittman
Roger Flynn
Roland Baker
Rolf and Klaus (Rolf Kühn(?) and Klaus Doldinger)
Romain Domani (Jacques Romain-Franco Domani = Benny Gebauer-Heribert Thusek)
Roman Duke
Ron Beirman/Ron Biermann
Ron Dixon
Ronny Winter
Sam Gold
Sandor Posa
Sandy Love
Shorty Malden (Fritz Maldener?)
Sir Fletcher
Sparky (an unnamed female vocalist)
Stan Jackson
Stan Reeves
Stan Stanfield
Sue Adams (Harald "Harry" Winkler-Rauter)
Sunny Beam
Sunny Livingstone (Benny Gebauer, possibly Konrad Wolf? Pictured*.)
Sunny Lord
Ted Berger
Tim Barry
Tino Martini
Tom "Love Joy" Mason
Tommy Haggard
Walt Peters
Walter Heller

* hxxp://i.imgur.com/OqdOi5C.png


Last edited by Mr (May 25, 2017 5:35 am)


May 5, 2017 5:08 am  #2

Re: German artist pseudonyms (orchestra leaders)

I'll have a proper look at this list later, but here are my initial comments:

I can confirm Helmuth Brandenburg is both Kookie Freeman and Chuck Freeman.

I think Ben Cooper is Walter Kubiczeck.

Cliff Hammer = Hans Hammerschmid

George Hermann/Hermann's Big Band = Jurgen Hermann

Gerry Day = Wolfgang Dauner

Jack Wolfe = Hans Wolf Kraus

Joe Scott = Hans Ehrlinger

Leo Mann = Theo Schumann

Pat Michael = possibly Bob Sharples, but can't confirm

Ralph Boston = probably Mladen Franko

Sue Adams = Harald Winkler-Rauter


May 5, 2017 8:53 am  #3

Re: German artist pseudonyms (orchestra leaders)

Thanks! I was hoping you would chime in.

     Thread Starter

May 14, 2017 9:29 pm  #4

Re: German artist pseudonyms (orchestra leaders)

Slight update - Ralph Boston was Mladen Franko and Horst Reipsch (Reipsch played the clarinet, Franko played everything else).  Thanks to a friend on Facebook for this.


May 25, 2017 5:18 am  #5

Re: German artist pseudonyms (orchestra leaders)

Thanks to you both.

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