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Frank Farian, a German record producer who was born Franz Reuther on July 18, 1941, is well-known for having a significant influence on the development of the world music scene. Before becoming a well-known musician, Farian worked as a skilled chef. But his love of music turned out to be an unstoppable calling.
Farian entered the music business in April 1967 when he released a cover of “Mr. Pitiful” by Otis Redding under the alias “Frankie Farian.” This was the start of a journey that would see him go from a lone artist to the creative force behind some of the 20th century’s most popular musical projects.
In 1976, Farian’s solo career took off after his rendition of Dickey Lee’s “Rocky” in German landed at the top of the charts for four weeks in a row. Once he adopted the pseudonym Boney M. and put out the hit song “Baby Do You Wanna Bump,” it was clear how adept he was at incorporating disco-pop elements into his music.
Boney M. was the persona that allowed Farian to have unmatched success with hits like “Daddy Cool,” “Rivers of Babylon,” “Rasputin,” and a version of “Mary’s Boy Child.” With Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Bobby Farrell, and Maizie Williams in the group, the quintet went on to become an international sensation and dominated the European music industry.
Not content with one triumph, Farian expanded his musical endeavors with the creation of Far Corporation, featuring renowned musicians like Steve Lukather and David Paich. Their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” achieved top 10 status in the UK, showcasing Farian’s versatility in various music genres.
In 1986, Farian produced and mixed Meat Loaf’s album “Blind Before I Stop,” leaving an indelible mark on the rock legend’s discography.
When it became known that Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, the popular duet Milli Vanilli, were lip-syncing to other people’s vocals, Farian became entangled in controversy in the late 1980s. Following the controversy, Milli Vanilli’s 1990 Grammy Award for Best New Artist was revoked, and other legal challenges resulted.
Relentlessly, Farian persisted in molding the music landscape by initiating Eurodance acts such as La Bouche and Le Click in the aftermath of the Milli Vanilli scandal. He contributed to several productions, such as Chilli Feat. Carrapicho’s 1997 release of “Tic, Tic Tac,” showcased his tenacity and inventiveness.
Farian’s impact on the music world extended to the theatrical stage with the musical “Daddy Cool,” which opened in London’s West End in 2006. The production, based on Boney M.’s songs and other Farian-associated acts, highlighted the enduring appeal of his musical creations.
In 2006, Farian co-wrote the song “Doin’ Fine,” paying homage to the sound of Boney M. The track, recorded by Australian pop singer Peter Wilson, achieved notable success.
How much is Frank Farian Worth?
Frank Farian has an estimated net worth of about $40 million.