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Heinz Kiessling (March 11, 1926 – December 27, 2003) was a German musician, conductor, composer and music producer, known mainly from his work for popular films and television programs.
Life and career
Kiessling studied piano, composition and conducting after World War II at the Nuremberg Conservatory in 1949, and started his career in 1949 as a pianist and played in different concerts around the world. Soon after, he started working on recording music for television. In 1950, he began composing music in the jazz, dance and light music genres. At times, he also led his own orchestra, and also worked many years for the RIAS Big Band in Berlin. Together with the pianist Werner Tautz he established in 1964 the label "Brilliant" through which he managed numerous national and international big bands.
Kiessling worked with many national and international stars, including Chet Baker, Luis Bonfa, Wenche Myhre, and Caterina Valente. For over two decades, he accompanied the shows of Peter Alexander. In addition, Kiessling composed the songs and scene music for numerous films and television productions, including Klimbim, Zwei himmlische Töchter, Dingsda, Das Traumschiff and Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst. In total he produced over 1200 tunes and also published some of his own recordings which made him become one of the most successful German "Easy listening" composers of the post-war period.
His piece "Temptation Sensation (Haute Couture)" is used as the theme song for the FX and FXX TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Other pieces such as "A La Bonheur" and "On Your Bike (Tandem-Holiday)" contribute to the musical score of the show. "On Your Bike (Tandem-Holiday)" has also been used in the Nickelodeon animated series The Loud House.
- Musiker, Naomi (2014). Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook. Routledge. p. 144.