Heinz Kiessling studied piano, composition and conducting, after World War II at the Nuremberg Conservatory and started his career in 1949 as a pianist and got to play in different concerts around the world. Soon after he started working on recording music for television. At times, he also led his own orchestra, and also worked many years for the RIAS Big Band in Berlin. Together with the pianist Werner Tautz he established in 1964 the label "Brilliant" through which he managed numerous national and international big bands.
His piece "Temptation Sensation" is used as the theme song for the FX and FXX TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Other pieces such as "A La Bonheur" and "Tandem-Holiday" help to provide the score to the show.