News Puhdys co-founder Harry Jeske Died:


The German musician Harry Jeske is dead. The co-founder and ex-bassist of the Puhdys died on Thursday at the age of 82 in Wismar, as Puhdys keyboardist Peter Meyer announced.


The "Berliner Kurier" and the "TOP NEWS43" newspaper had previously reported on it, citing former Puhdys manager Rolf Henning and Puhdys drummer Klaus Scharfschwerdt.


In an interview at MDR AKTUELL, band member Dieter Birr remembers Harry Jeske as an organizational talent and persuasive artist: "Harry was the best manager in the GDR. He was unique in his way.


Jeske was born in Oranienburg in 1937. In 1965 he had already co-founded the Puhdys forerunner group Udo-Wendel-Combo.


On November 19, 1969, the Puhdys were on stage for the first time in Freiberg in the "Tivoli" club and became a popular insider tip. They had their first hit in 1971 with "Doors open to the city".


The band made their big breakthrough in 1973 with the music for the DEFA cult film "The Legend of Paul and Paula".


At the turn of the century, the Puhdys decided to break up, but in 1992 they made a surprising comeback. Harry Jeske was there as bassist until 1997 when an ear ailment forced him to quit.


In recent years, Jeske has suffered from health problems and appeared in a wheelchair in 2016 for the 50th birthday of the Puhdys.


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