Frank Dostal

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Frank Dostal
Born (1945-12-16)16 December 1945
Flensburg, Germany
Died 18 April 2017(2017-04-18) (aged 71)
Occupation(s) songwriter, record producer
Years active 1960s–2017
Associated acts The Rattles, Wonderland, Achim Reichel, Die Crackers, Die Braut Haut Ins Auge, Baccara

Frank Dostal (December 16, 1945 in Flensburg, Germany – April 18, 2017) was a German songwriter and music producer. In the late 1960s, he was a singer with the rock bands The Rattles, who were consistently successful in Germany during the 1960s, and Wonderland. In the late 1970s, he was a co-writer for the internationally successful vocal duo Baccara produced by Rolf Soja.[1][2]


Frank Dostal was born in Flensburg and raised in Hamburg. Before taking his Abitur exams, he left school to become a rock singer. With a band called The Faces (not to be confused with the 1970s British band of the same name) he won a talent contest. He joined The Rattles and, in 1968, founded Wonderland with fellow ex-Rattle Achim Reichel. With Wonderland, he sang lead vocals and played bongos, bass guitar and organ. He also wrote the lyrics to Reichel's compositions for the band. The two of them later produced records for children, including "Die große Kinderparty" ("The great children's party").

Later, Dostal devoted himself exclusively to writing lyrics. In the second half of the 1970s, his lyrics frequently appeared on the German Hit Parade. He worked for Father Abraham ("Das Lied der Schlümpfe", the German version of "The Smurf Song"), Nana Mouskouri, the Goombay Dance Band and many others.

Dostal came to international fame as the co-writers of songs of the vocal duo Baccara produced by Rolf Soja: "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie", "Sorry, I'm a Lady", and "Parlez-vous français?".

Frank Dostal was married to Mary McGlory, a former bass guitar player of Liverpool all-female beat group The Liverbirds. They have two children.


  1. ^ Rolf Soja discography at Discogs (Baccara producer)
  2. ^ NDR. "Trauer um Hamburger Liedtexter Frank Dostal". Retrieved 22 April 2017. 

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