Dschinghis Khan

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This article is about the band. For the Mongolian conqueror, see Genghis Khan. For the song, see Dschinghis Khan (song).
"Steve Bender" redirects here. For other uses, see Steve Bender (disambiguation).
Genghis Khan / Dschinghis Khan
Genres Disco, Pop
Years active 1979-mid-1980s, 2005-present
Members Wolfgang Heichel
Henriette Heichel (born Strobel)
Edina Pop (Marika Késmárky)
Past members Steve Bender (deceased)
Louis Hendrik Potgieter (deceased)
Leslie Mándoki

Dschinghis Khan (known in Australia, France among other countries as Genghis Khan)[1][2][3][4][5] is a German (former West Germany) pop band originally formed in 1979 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.[6] The group's name was taken from the title of their song, "Dschinghis Khan", which was written and produced by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Bernd Meinunger.

In Australia in 1980, their single Moscow (the English-language version of their song Moskau) topped the charts and remained No.1 for six weeks.[1]

While the group broke up in the mid-1980s, the German video for "Moskau" was a part of the show Disco on ZDF; as was their similarly staged number "Dschinghis Khan".

Dancer and front man Louis Potgieter, died of AIDS in 1993, while singer Steve Bender (real name: Karl-Heinz Bender) succumbed to cancer in 2006.[7]

Interesting facts[edit]

Dschinghis Khan participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 celebrated in Israel, achieving the 4th place.

1986 saw a brief reunion as Dschinghis Khan Family. Henriette Heichel (vocals), Leslie Mándoki (drums) and Louis Potgieter (keyboards) only remained of the original lineup. They went again to a national qualifying round of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Wir gehör'n zusammen. A respectable 2nd place was the only highlight in the short history of this band.

In 1988, Leslie Mándoki and Éva Csepregi, the vocalist of Hungarian pop group Neoton Família, sang the song "Korea" on the opening of the Summer Olympics in Seoul.

In an interview with Russian TV presenter Alexandra Glotova, the producer of the group Dschinghis Khan, Heinz Gross, said that in the 1980s, the band was forbidden in the USSR and was accused of anti-communism and nationalism.[8]

Professional wrestler Uhaa Nation once used the song "Dschinghis Khan" as his entrance theme.




German releases

Australian release

  • "Moscow" (1980) (#1) (as Genghis Khan)

Japanese release

South African release

  • "Rome" by Dschinghis Khan (1981) (#14)[9]


  1. ^ a b "The biggest hits that never made No. 1 in Australia". Herald Sun. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Country=France, Genghis Khan* - Moscow (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Country=Brazil, Genghis Khan* - Moskau (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Country=Colombia, Genghis Khan* - Moscu (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Country=Japan, Genghis Khan* - Moskau / Rocking Son Of Dschinghis Khan (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Genghis Khan Discography at Discogs
  7. ^ "History". Dschinghis Khan website. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Interview of the band Dschinghis Khan to Russian national channel TV Center on YouTube
  9. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (D)". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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Preceded by
Ireen Sheer
with Feuer
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Katja Ebstein
with Theater