Tony Hendrik

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Tony Hendrik
Birth nameDieter Lünstedt
Also known asDee Dee Halligan, Jimmy Tarsus
Born (1945-03-04) 4 March 1945 (age 75)
Bad Bederkesa, Germany
GenresEuro disco, dance-pop, eurodance, house
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer
Years active1960s—present
LabelsCoconut Records, Vogue, Hansa International
Associated actsBad Boys Blue, Londonbeat, Haddaway

Tony Hendrik (born Dieter Lünstedt, 4 March 1945 in Bad Bederkesa, a.k.a. Dee Dee Halligan, Jimmy Tarsus)[1] is a German music producer, composer, and owner of a record label.[2] The most known artists and bands he has produced and composed for are Bad Boys Blue, Londonbeat, and Haddaway. Hendrik co-wrote the Haddaway song "What Is Love."

Early years and first bands[edit]

Tony Hendrik was born in Bad Bederkesa in 1945. He graduated from a high school in Rendsburg and initially founded a beat band named "Hendrik & The Luniks" that performed at Hamburg's Star-Club. In 1966, he left his hometown to study in Cologne. There he started a new band "The Tony Hendrik Five".[3] By 1970, Tony won his first success with the group—single "The Grooviest Girl in the World" became his first bestseller.

He subsequently worked for the German branch of the record label Vogue where he began producing.


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