|Birth name||Franz Reuther|
|Born||18 July 1941|
|Associated acts||Gilla, Boney M., Far Corporation, Meat Loaf, Milli Vanilli, Eruption, No Mercy, La Bouche, Le Click|
Frank Farian (né Franz Reuther; born 18 July 1941 in Kirn (Rhineland-Palatina) is a German record producer and songwriter who founded and was the voice behind the 1970s disco-pop group Boney M. and the Latin pop band No Mercy. His practice of creating bands with visual images distinct from their recorded performances, as he did with his band Milli Vanilli, has led to controversy throughout his career. He owns the record label MCI and several subsidiaries.
In the early days of his career, he was keen to attain success as a solo artist, but made little impact on the popular music scene until his song "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (a remake of Prince Buster's song "Al Capone" from 1967), released under the pseudonym Boney M., became successful. He also had a minor hit in 1973 with "Was kann schöner sein", a German version of "When You've Gotta Go" originally by Solomon King, co-written by Lynsey de Paul and Ron Roker. Shying away from the spotlight, he hired performers to front for public performances. All records were recorded in Offenbach-Bieber, a small town in the center of West Germany. The lead vocals for songs on Boney M. albums in the 1970s were sung by Farian, Marcia Barrett and Liz Mitchell, who quickly became synonymous with the group. Boney M.'s frontman, Bobby Farrell, was allowed to record vocals only in the 1980s. Farrell was fired from the group for unreliability in 1981.
Farian also started the supergroup Far Corporation (named after the first syllable of his last name), which featured Steve Lukather, David Paich, Bobby Kimball, Simon Phillips (all from Toto fame) and Robin McAuley. Far Corporation were the first act to chart with a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"; their cover was a top 10 hit in the UK, reaching number 8 in October 1985.
In 1986, Farian produced and mixed the Meat Loaf album Blind Before I Stop. He also sang backing vocals on the first single from the album Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries, which was credited to Meat Loaf featuring John Parr.
In 1990, Farian admitted to orchestrating the events leading to the Milli Vanilli scandal. As a producer, he assembled a group of session musicians and fronted it with visually attractive dancers Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan. The story broke when Farian confirmed to the press that others had sung on the records. When these details emerged, Milli Vanilli's 1990 Grammy Award for Best New Artist was revoked, and at least 27 lawsuits were filed in the United States under U.S. consumer fraud protection laws.
La Bouche, Le Click, Eruption, No Mercy
Daddy Cool musical
On 15 August 2006, the musical Daddy Cool opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End, featuring Michelle Collins, Michael Harvey, Javine Hylton and singer/songwriter Darvina Plante. The £3 million show was produced by Farian and Robert Mackintosh. The story, written by Stephen Plaice with Amani Naphtali, is predominantly based on the songs of Boney M., but also features songs by Milli Vanilli and No Mercy. A second show opened 23 April 2007 in Berlin, Germany, and toured in the Netherlands from August 2011 to February 2012, Spain (Palma de Mallorca) in July 2012, Switzerland from November 2015 to January 2016, and Germany 2016.
Also in 2006, Farian was credited as co-writing the song "Doin' Fine" with British producers Nathan Thomas and Carl M. Cox. (Other writers involved in the song were Chris Rudall, Baz Qureshi, Peter Wilson, Chris Richards and George Reyam.) Described as paying tribute to the 'sound' of Boney M., the song was essentially a new composition featuring the string arrangement from Boney M.'s 1976 number one hit "Daddy Cool". It was recorded by Australian pop singer Peter Wilson. It was initially released in the UK on 16 April 2007 in its extended format, entitled "Daddy's Cool 12" Mix", and reached number one on the EuroDanceHits EuroNRG Top 40 in May 2007. The original version of "Doin' Fine" was featured on Peter Wilson's debut album, Follow Me, released in the UK on 8 October 2007. It was also recorded in 2008 by Amanda Lear.
Frank Farian-produced albums
- Boney M.
- Take the Heat off Me (No. 2 Germany, No. 1 Sweden)
- Love for Sale (No. 1 Germany, No. 1 Sweden, No. 2 Netherlands)
- Nightflight to Venus (No. 1 UK, No. 1 Germany, No. 1 Netherlands)
- Oceans of Fantasy (No. 1 UK, No. 1 Germany, No. 3 Netherlands)
- The Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits (No. 1 UK, No. 2 Germany, No. 2 New Zealand)
- Gold – 20 Super Hits (No. 2 Netherlands, No. 2 New Zealand)
- Milli Vanilli
- All or Nothing (No. 4 Germany, No. 1 Australia, No. 1 New Zealand)
- Girl You Know It's True (No. 1 USA, No. 1 Canada)
- La Bouche
- Sweet Dreams (1995) (No. 2 Finland, No. 2 Switzerland, No. 10 Australia)
- No Mercy
- My Promise (1996) (No. 4 Australia, No. 3 Netherlands)
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