The Rattles

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The Rattles
The Rattles live 1 - Maiwoche Osnabrück 06-05-21.jpg
2006 live at the Maiwoche in Osnabrück, Germany
Background information
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres beat, rock
Years active 1960 (1960)–present
Labels Edel Records (2011)
Star-Club Records (1960s), Philips
and others
Website rattles.de
Members Herbert Hildebrandt
Dicky Tarrach
Eggert Johannsen
Manne Kraski
Past members Achim Reichel
Frank Dostal
Edna Bejarano
more: see below

The Rattles are a rock band (initially beat group) from Germany. Their biggest selling record was their 1970 recorded song, "The Witch", which sold over one million copies globally.[1]

Career[edit]

2006 live at the Maiwoche in Osnabrück, Germany

The Rattles performed in Hamburg, and played at the same venues as The Beatles on several occasions in 1962.[1] In 1964 the group recorded "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", which charted in the UK. In 1968 they recorded their first version of "The Witch", with vocals by Henner Hoier.[1] The band's records sold well in Germany during the 1960s.

Their second version of "The Witch" in 1970, this time with vocals by Edna Bejarano, became their only international hit.[1] "The Witch" appeared in the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, the top 20 in Austria, and reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., the first German record to reach that chart. It eventually sold over one million copies.[1] Rosetta Stone released a gothic rock cover of "The Witch" in the 90s.

Members[edit]

(This was the basic mid 1960s line-up.[2] By the time of "The Witch" they had all left and successively been replaced by other musicians, with Edna Bejarano now being the lead singer.)

Past and present members:

  • Achim Reichel (vocals, guitar, 1960–66, 1988–91)
  • Bernd Schulz (keyboards, 1967–68)
  • Dieter Sadlowsky (drums, 1960–63)
  • Edna Bejarano (vocals, 1970–73)
  • Eggert Johannsen [Martin Storm] (vocals, rhythm guitar, 1994–present)
  • Franz "Piggy" Jarnach (keyboards, vocals, 1991–95)
  • Frank Dostal (vocals, 1966–67)
  • Frank Mille (guitar, vocals, 1970–77)
  • Frank Seidel (keyboards, 1996–present)
  • Georg "George" Meier (guitar, vocals, 1969–70, 1974–77)
  • George Miller (drums, 1975–77)
  • Hans Joachim "Hajo" Kreutzfeld (guitar, 1961–65)
  • Henner Hoier (keyboards, vocals, 1968–70, 1988–93)
  • Herbert Bornholdt (drums, 1973)
  • Herbert Hildebrandt (bass, vocals, 1960–68, 1988–present)
  • Hermann "Rugy" Rugenstein (guitar, vocals, 1965–68)
  • Jochen "Lu Lafayette" Peters (keyboards, 1973–77)
  • Kurt "Zappo" Lüngen (bass, 1968–73, 1974)
  • Linda Fields (vocals, 1974–77)
  • Manne Kraski (guitar, vocals, 1991–present)
  • Peter "Peet" Becker (drums, 1968–70)
  • Rainer Degner (guitar, vocals, 1967–69)
  • Reinhard "Dicky" Tarrach (drums, 1963–67, 1988–present)
  • Volker Reinhold (guitar, vocals, 1960–61)
  • Wolfgang "Al" Brock (drums, 1974)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Singles A GER UK[3] USA
1965 "La La La" - 19 - -
1965 "(Stoppin') In Las Vegas" - 20 - -
1966 "Come on and Sing" - 11 - -
1966 "Love of My Life" - 16 - -
1966 "It Is Love" - 26 - -
1967 "Cauliflower" - 25 - -
1968 "After Tea" - 26 - -
1969 "Geraldine" - - - -
1970 "The Witch" 20 4 8 79
1971 "You Can't Have Sunshine Every Day" - 45 - -
1971 "Devil's on the Loose" - 38 - -
1972 "Money Making Machine" - - - -
1988 "Hot Wheels" - 47 - -

Albums[edit]

  • Twist im Star-Club (1963)
  • Twist-Time im Star-Club Hamburg (1964)
  • Live im Star-Club Hamburg (1964)
  • The Searchers meet the Rattles (1964)
  • Rattles (1965)
  • Star Club Show 1 (1966)
  • Liverpool Beat (1966)
  • Hurra, die Rattles kommen (Soundtrack to the film of the same name) (1966)
  • Remember Finale Ligure (1967)
  • The Witch (1971)
  • Tonight Starring Edna (1972)
  • Gin Mill (1974)
  • Attention (1975)
  • Hot Wheels (1988)
  • Painted Warrior (1990)
  • New Wonderland (1993)
  • Live (1997)
  • Say Yeah! (2007)

Compilations[edit]

  • Die deutschen Singles A&B (1963–1965), Vol. 1 (2000)
  • Die deutschen Singles A&B (1965–1969), Vol. 2 (2000)
  • Come On And Sing - Best (2004)
  • Goldene für die Rattles (1970)
  • Greatest Hits (1997)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 285. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ "Band line-up". Badcatrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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