Hannes Wader

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Hannes Wader
Hannes Wader, Augsburg 2010.jpg
Hannes Wader performing in Augsburg in 2010
Background information
Birth name Hans Eckard Wader
Born (1942-06-23) 23 June 1942 (age 73)
Bethel, near Bielefeld
Origin Bielefeld, Westphalia
Years active 1969–present
Labels Mercury, Pläne
Associated acts Konstantin Wecker
Website www.hanneswader.de

Hannes Wader (born Hans Eckard Wader on 23 June 1942) is a German singer-songwriter ("Liedermacher"). He was an important figure in German leftist circles from the 1970s to the present, with his songs covering such themes as socialist and communist resistance to oppression in Europe and other places like Latin America. He both wrote new songs and played versions of older historical works.

Life and work[edit]

Wader was born in Bethel, near Bielefeld, Westphalia, Germany. His works are mostly based on German folk songs. Aside from his own lyrics, he also performs works of famous poets like Eichendorff. He now rarely sings the workers' songs and socialist hymns that used to be a large part of his repertoire. He recently published an album exclusively with songs by Franz Schubert. He also performed translated works from Carl Michael Bellman on the album Liebe, Schnaps & Tod.

Remarkably, many of the social issues Wader sang about are still relevant today. Besides Franz Josef Degenhardt, Wader is one of the most active political singers in Germany.

In the 1970s, Hannes Wader became one of the stars of the political left through his provocative songs. He was a member of the German Communist Party from 1977 to 1991. Wader even came under suspicions of terrorism because of his song Der Tankerkönig, a spoken song about kidnapping a tycoon.

In 1973, he moved to Struckum, in Nordfriesland, where he published some of his later albums. In 1998, he and his family moved to Steinburg, district of Schleswig-Holstein.

He has published numerous albums and still tours throughout Germany. He appears in open-air concerts and also in clubs.


Year Award Category
1974 Deutscher Kleinkunstpreis Chanson[1]
1975 Deutscher Schallplattenpreis[2]
2012 RUTH (German World Music Award) Lifetime achievement[2]
2013 Echo Lifetime achievement[3]

Performed songs (selected)[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1969: Hannes Wader singt [Hannes Wader sings] (Conträr)
  • 1971: Ich hatte mir noch so viel vorgenommen [I still had planned so many things to do] (Mercury )
  • 1972: 7 Lieder [7 Songs] (Mercury)
  • 1973: Der Rattenfänger [The Rat Catcher] (Mercury)
  • 1974: Plattdeutsche Lieder [Low German songs] (Mercury)
  • 1975: Volkssänger [Folk singer (also People's singer)] (Mercury)
  • 1976: Kleines Testament [Little testament] (Mercury)
  • 1977: Hannes Wader singt Arbeiterlieder [Hannes Wader sings workers' songs] (Mercury)
  • 1978: Hannes Wader singt Shanties [Hannes Wader sings shanties] (Mercury)
  • 1979: Wieder unterwegs [On the move again] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1980: Es ist an der Zeit [It is about time] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1982: Dass nichts bleibt wie es war [That nothing remains like it used to be] (live) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1983: Nicht nur ich allein [Not only I] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1985: Glut am Horizont [Glowing horizon] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1986: Liebeslieder [Love songs] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1987: Bis jetzt [Until now] (live) (Mercury)
  • 1989: Nach Hamburg [To Hamburg] (Mercury)
  • 1990: Hannes Wader singt Volkslieder [Hannes Wader sings folk songs] (Mercury)
  • 1991: Nie mehr zurück [Back no more] (Mercury / CD 510 080-2)
  • 1992: Schon so lang ‘62 – ‘92 [Already that long] (Compilation) (Mercury)
  • 1992: Blick zurück [(A) look back] – Das Beste aus den 80er Jahren (Compilation) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1995: Zehn Lieder [Ten songs] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1996: Liebe, Schnaps & Tod – Wader singt Bellman [Love, booze and death – Wader sings Bellman] (feat. R. Mey & K. Hoffmann) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1996: Professor Jecks Tierlieder-ABC [Professor Jeck's animal songs ABC] (Europa)
  • 1997: An dich hab ich gedacht – Wader singt Schubert [I thought of you – Wader sings Schubert] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1998: Auftritt [Performance] (live with Klaus Weiland & Benjamin Huellenkremer) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 2001: Was für eine Nacht [What a night (also 'Something for one night')] (Konstantin Wecker und Hannes Wader live) (Pläne)
  • 2001: Wünsche [Wishes] (Pläne)
  • 2003: Das Konzert [The concert] (Wader/Mey/Wecker)
  • 2004: ...und es wechseln die Zeiten [And the times are changing] (Pläne)
  • 2005: Jahr für Jahr [Year by year] (Pläne)
  • 2006: Mal angenommen [Let's assume] (Pläne)
  • 2007: Neue Bekannte [New acquitancies (also 'New familiar ones'] (Pläne)
  • 2010: Kein Ende in Sicht [No end in sight] (Konstantin Wecker and Hannes Wader live) (Sturm & Klang)
  • 2012: Nah Dran [Close to] (Mercury)
  • 2013: Old Friends in Concert (Live-CD mit Allan Taylor) (Universal Music)
  • 2013: Trotz alledem – Lieder aus 50 Jahren 1962–2012 [Despite all that - Songs from 50 Years 1962-2012] (Universal Music)
  • 2015: Sing (Mercury)


  • 1999 Der Poet [The poet] (2 CD, Mercury)
  • 1999 Der Rebell [The rebel] (2 CD, (Mercury)
  • 1999 Der Volkssänger [The folk singer] (2 CD, (Mercury)

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas Rothschild: Liedermacher. 23 Portraets. Frankfurt 1980.
  • Ulrich Maske: Daß nichts bleibt wie es war - Hannes Wader und seine Lieder. Verlag pläne Dortmund 1984
  • Matthias Henke: Hermes Handlexikon. Die großen Chansonniers und Liedermacher. Düsseldorf 1987.
  • Beate Dapper (ed.): Hannes Wader - Liederbuch. Bund-Verlag Frankfurt 1999.


  1. ^ "Die bisherigen Preisträger" [The previous laureates]. Deutscher Kleinkunstpreis (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Gerlach, Martin; Scholz, Peter; Moritz, Klaus; Schulze, Marcus (8 July 2012). "Hannes Wader bekommt beim TFF Rudolstadt 'Ruth' für Lebenswerk" [Hannes Wader to receive 'Ruth' at TFF Rudolstadt for Lifetime Achievement]. Ostthüringer Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Kohlmaier, Matthias (22 March 2013). "Der alte Mann und der Punk" [The Old Man and the Punk]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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