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The Rattles
The Rattles
The Rattles performing at the Holsten Brauereifest in Hamburg, Germany in 2015
The Rattles performing at the Holsten Brauereifest in Hamburg, Germany in 2015
Background information
The "In" Crowd
OriginHamburg, Germany
Genres
1960 (1960)-present
Labels
Websiterattles.de
Members
  • Herbert Hildebrandt
  • Dicky Tarrach
  • Eggert Johannsen
  • Manne Kraski

The Rattles are a German rock band, formed in Hamburg in 1960, most prominently known for their 1970 psychedelic hit single, "The Witch".[1]

Career

The Rattles performed in Hamburg, and played at the same venues as The Beatles on several occasions in 1962.[1] In 1964 the group recorded "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", which charted in the UK. In 1968 they recorded their first version of "The Witch", with vocals by Henner Hoier.[1] The band's records sold well in Germany during all the 1960s.

Their second version of "The Witch" in 1970, this time with vocals by Edna Bejarano, became their only international hit.[1] "The Witch" appeared in the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, the top 20 in Austria, and reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.. It eventually sold over one million copies.[1]Rosetta Stone released a gothic rock cover of "The Witch" in the 1990s. The Norwegian psychedelic hard rock band Motorpsycho covered the song during 1999 and 2000.[2] A recording of this song can be found on their bootleg Live Union Scene from 14 April 1999.[3]

Members

Current members
  • Herbert Hildebrandt - bass
  • Manfred Kraski - vocals, guitar
  • Eggert Johannsen - guitar
  • Reinhard "Dicky" Tarrach - drums
Former members
  • Achim Reichel (vocals, guitar, 1960-66, 1988-91)
  • Bernd Schulz (keyboards, 1967-68)
  • Dieter Sadlowsky (drums, 1960-63)
  • Edna Bejarano (vocals, 1970-73)
  • Eggert Johannsen [Martin Storm] (vocals, rhythm guitar, 1994-present)
  • Franz "Piggy" Jarnach (keyboards, vocals, 1991-95)
  • Frank Dostal (vocals, 1966-67)
  • Frank Mille (guitar, vocals, 1970-77)
  • Frank Seidel (keyboards, 1996-present)
  • Georg "George" Meier (guitar, vocals, 1969-70, 1974-77)
  • George Miller (drums, 1975-77)
  • Hans Joachim "Hajo" Kreutzfeld (guitar, 1961-65)
  • Henner Hoier (keyboards, vocals, 1968-70, 1988-93)
  • Herbert Bornholdt (drums, 1973)
  • Herbert Hildebrandt (bass, vocals, 1960-68, 1988-present)
  • Hermann "Rugy" Rugenstein (guitar, vocals, 1965-68)
  • Jochen "Lu Lafayette" Peters (keyboards, 1973-77)
  • Kurt "Zappo" Lüngen (bass, 1968-73, 1974)
  • Linda Fields (vocals, 1974-77)
  • Manne Kraski (guitar, vocals, 1991-present)
  • Peter "Peet" Becker (drums, 1968-70)
  • Rainer Degner (guitar, vocals, 1967-69)
  • Reinhard "Dicky" Tarrach (drums, 1963-67, 1988-present)
  • Volker Reinhold (guitar, vocals, 1960-61)
  • Wolfgang "Al" Brock (drums, 1974)

(This was the basic mid 1960s line-up.[4] By the time of "The Witch" they had all left and successively been replaced by other musicians, with Edna Bejarano now being the lead singer.)

Discography

Singles

Year Singles A GER UK[5] USA
1965 "La La La" - 19 - -
1965 "(Stoppin') In Las Vegas" - 20 - -
1966 "Come on and Sing" - 11 - -
1966 "Love of My Life" - 16 - -
1966 "It Is Love" - 26 - -
1967 "Cauliflower" - 25 - -
1968 "After Tea" - 26 - -
1969 "Geraldine" - - - -
1970 "The Witch" 20 4 8 79
1971 "You Can't Have Sunshine Every Day" - 45 - -
1971 "Devil's on the Loose" - 38 - -
1972 "Money Making Machine" - - - -
1988 "Hot Wheels" - 47 - -

Albums

  • Twist im Star-Club (1963)
  • Twist-Time im Star-Club Hamburg (1964)
  • Live im Star-Club Hamburg (1964)
  • The Searchers meet the Rattles (1964)
  • Rattles (1965)
  • Star Club Show 1 (1966)
  • Liverpool Beat (1966)
  • Hurra, die Rattles kommen (Soundtrack to the film of the same name) (1966)
  • Remember Finale Ligure (1967)
  • The Witch (1971)
  • Tonight Starring Edna (1972)
  • Gin Mill (1974)
  • Attention (1975)
  • Hot Wheels (1988)
  • Painted Warrior (1990)
  • New Wonderland (1993)
  • Live (1997)
  • Say Yeah! (2007)

Compilation albums

  • Die deutschen Singles A&B (1963-1965), Vol. 1 (2000)
  • Die deutschen Singles A&B (1965-1969), Vol. 2 (2000)
  • Come On And Sing - Best (2004)
  • Goldene für die Rattles (1970)
  • Greatest Hits (1997)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 285. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ "The Witch by Motorpsycho Song Statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Motorpsycho Concert Setlist at Union Scene, Drammen on April 14, 1999". Setlist.fm. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Band line-up". Badcatrecords.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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