Drafi Deutscher left a lasting impact on the German music industry with his catchy tunes and unique style.
Despite the challenges he faced throughout his career, he will always be remembered as a talented singer and songwriter who brought joy to millions of fans around the world.
Drafi Deutscher’s Biography
Drafi Deutscher, born as Drafi Franz Richard Deutscher on May 9, 1946, was a renowned German singer and songwriter of Sinti origin.
He was born in Charlottenburg, a district in Berlin’s western outskirts. His career spanned several decades, and he was a major success in the music industry between the 1960s and the 1980s.
Between 1964 and 1966, Deutscher rose to prominence with a string of singles in Germany. Songs like “Shake Hands,” “Keep Smiling,” “Cinderella Baby,” and “Today Male I Dein Bild, Cindy-Lou” reached the top of the charts at the time.
His most renowned song, however, was launched in 1965, when he released the Schlager smash “Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht” (Marble, Stone, and Iron Break). This song sold over a million copies, earning him a gold record.
Interestingly, Deutscher improvised the melody of “Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht” during an audition in October 1965.
He hummed the song and simply sung the chorus of “Dum-Dum, Dum-Dum.” Günter Loose, the song’s composer, then wrote the German lyrics.
The song was released in the United States with English lyrics sung by Deutscher and was titled “Marble Breaks and Iron Bends.” It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1966, peaking at No. 80. Contemporary acts also made several English cover versions of the song, greatly popularising it.
Unfortunately, Deutscher’s career was derailed in 1967 when he was found guilty of public indecency after urinating from a balcony while drunk in front of schoolchildren.
This episode caused a drop in his popularity, and he was essentially unknown as a vocalist for more than a decade.
During this time, he focused on writing and producing songs under the pseudonyms of Tina Rainford, Boney M, Nino de Angelo, and Tony Christie. Among these hits are “Silver Bird,” “Fly Away, Pretty Flamingo,” and “Be My Boogie Woogie Baby.”
Deutscher didn’t make a comeback as a singer until the early 1980s. In 1982, a biopic based on his life was released in Germany under the title “Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht.” He had a brief appearance in the film. In the mid-1980s, he worked on Masquerade with Christopher Evans Ironside, which led in the 1984 hit “Guardian Angel.”
Deutscher made a reappearance in the late 1980s when he and Oliver Simon created the duo Mixed Emotions. Their big single “You Want Love (Maria, Maria…)” was followed by three additional hits.
In 1989, he released “Über Grenzen geh’n,” his first new record under his true name in two decades. “Das 11. Gebot,” one of the album’s tunes, was played on German radio.
In November 1998, Deutscher had two strokes and was suffering from diabetes-related health problems.
Despite his failing health, he continued travelling and celebrated his 40th year on stage in 2003. He died from heart failure on June 9, 2006, in Frankfurt, Germany, at the age of 60.
Drafi Deutscher’s Cause Of Death
Drafi Deutscher’s cause of death is reported to have been due to a heart failure which he encountered leading to his demise.