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German Bonds

Years: 1962 - 1970; 2001
Styles: Beat, Pop Rock


Hans-Werner Doering - Lead guitar (in band: 1962)
Randolf Gade - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1962 - 1963)
Jürgen Isenbart - Drums (in band: 1962 - 1964)
Jürgen Bock - Bass Guitar, Rhythm guitar (in band: 1962 - 1965)


Rainer Degner - Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: 1963)
Pete Becker - Drums (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Peter Hecht - Keyboards (in band: 1965 - 1970)
Dieter Horns - Bass Guitar, Rhythm guitar (in band: 1965 - 1970)
George Monroe - Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1968)
Nils Taby - Drums, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1968; 2001)
Nils Schmidt - Vocals (in band: 1968)
Frank Rosemann - Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1970)
Joachim Rietenbach - Drums (in band: 1968 - 1970)
Peter Hesslein - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968 - 1970; 2001)
Kurt "Zappo" Lüngen - Bass Guitar (in band: 2001)
Frank Jarnach - Piano (in band: 2001)

Biography Picture

    The German Bonds started out in 1962, soon acquiring a top spot in the Star Club lineup of german beat groups. A few early r&b performances are preserved on the album "Rock and Beat Bands Competition", recorded in December of ’63. Their first 45 was the horrendous mock-classical “Sonata Facile”, redeemed by a fine version of “So Mystifying” on the flip.

    The line-up changed from time to time, but by 1966 consisted of Rainer Degner lead guitar and vocals, Peter Hecht keyboards, Jurgen Bock rhythm guitar, Dieter Horns bass and vocals, and Peter ‘Peet’ Becker drums. This line-up recorded their strongest record, “We’re Out of Sight”, backed with a great adaption of the traditional “Sing Hallelujah”, released in September of ’66 on Polydor International. It took me nearly three years to track down this one!

     Their last recording was for Fontana in 1968, the awful pop tune “Skinny Eleanor” with a somewhat better freakbeat-ish song called “Birthday Is Today” on the b-side.

     The Bonds have some connection to obscure Star-Club artists like the Fixx (supposedly the Rattles) and Our Gang. Check out the best song from the Fixx’s only release, “Looking for the Right Girl”.


Singles & EPs

Sonata Facile (Jul, 1965)
We Are Out Of Sight (1966)
Skinny Eleonore (1968)

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