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Klaus Voormann

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Within the swirl of music artists closely from the Beatles — producer George Martin, organist Billy Preston, the people of Badfinger — one name that always stood out was that of Klaus Voormann, not only since it was a decidedly Germanic name, but additionally because of the assorted nature of his connection with the Beatles, sooner than the other names on that list using the group all together, with John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr within their immediate post-group activities. Delivered in Berlin, Germany, within the springtime of 1942, he emerged old amid the defeat boom that pass on across European countries — his passions included art in addition to music, and Voormann’s initial connection with the group predated their last lineup. He was section of Hamburg’s bohemian/defeat community, and included romantically with professional photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who threw him over for Stu Sutcliffe, the Beatles’ bassist on the initial two appointments to the town. Voormann experienced some musical teaching, in classical acoustic guitar, which was plenty of to pull him in to the city’s music picture, that was dominated from the Liverpool rings playing there. In 1964 he became a member of the Liverpool group the Eye, being successful Lewis Collins on bass — a musical instrument he’d by no means previously performed — and came back together to Liverpool. Despite their guarantee, the Eyes just lasted together before starting of 1965, but out of this group’s collapse, Voormann, drummer Gibson Kemp, and business lead guitarist Paddy Chambers thought we would continue playing collectively, inside a trio known as Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, which quickly dropped in to the orbit of Beatles supervisor Brian Epstein. Despite Epstein’s attempts, nevertheless, Paddy, Klaus & Gibson by no means saw any main success. The connection with Epstein, in conjunction with his continuing, now longstanding companionship with Beatles, was adequate to obtain Voormann an urgent and very noticeable display for his abilities as an designer — in 1966, he devised the unique cover for the Revolver recording. The same 12 months that he produced the Revolver cover, Voormann also demonstrated precisely how formidable he’d become on his device when he been successful Jack port Bruce — among the several most prominent bassists in Britain — within the lineup of Manfred Mann. Voormann remained with the music group for nearly 3 years and performed on such strikes as “Ha Ha Stated the Clown” and “The Mighty Quinn,” the second option lots one British strike and a high Ten solitary in the us in early 1968. That same 12 months, he also designed the cover from the Bee Gees’ Idea recording. Manfred Mann’s last split in the summertime of 1969 remaining Voormann absolve to pursue various other opportunities. Voormann resulted in for the John Lennon one “Cool Turkey” playing bass, and in the random band come up with by Lennon for what became the Live Peacefulness in Toronto efficiency in 1969, afterwards released as Lennon’s initial official concert discharge of his profession. Voormann was instantly ensconced as an associate of the Plastic material Ono Band, frequently comprising a tempo section with Ringo Starr on Lennon’s information. Additionally, as an additional endorsement of his skill, George Harrison utilized Voormann on EVERYTHING Must Move, which became perhaps one of the most honored of post-Beatles tasks with the ex-bandmembers. Voormann performances continuing on further mega-hit post-Beatles albums, including Lennon’s Plastic material Ono Music group and Envision, the Richard Perry-produced Ringo record by Starr, playing bass (and really subbing for the conspicuous-by-his-absence Paul McCartney), so when area of the primary band on the Concert for Bangladesh, which eventually became an record, a concert film, laserdisc, Compact disc, and DVD discharge. Voormann had performed periods for Leon Russell’s self-titled 1970 record, but following the initial season of his use Lennon, Harrison, et al., his profession being a program man pretty exploded — in 1971, he made an appearance on albums by Gary Wright, Howlin’ Wolf, Jim Cost, and Harry Nilsson, among use Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Harrison. The next 12 months, furthermore to Wright and Nilsson (Child of Schmilsson), Voormann done albums by Bobby Secrets, Carly Simon (No Secrets), Lou Reed (Transformer), Peter Frampton (Blowing wind of Switch), as well as the Electrical Sandwich. He sometimes returned to artwork (around the Spooky Teeth recording You Broke My Center, THEREFORE I Busted Your Jaw), and caused Jerry Lee Lewis, Chi Coltrane, Lon & Derrek Vehicle Eaton, and Nicky Hopkins (The Tin Man Was a Dreamer). Through the entire 1970s, he was on information by Simon, Nilsson, Harrison, Lennon, and Starr, and added credits with Martha Reeves, Artwork Garfunkel, the Cate Brothers, Keith Moon, Loudon Wainwright III, Vehicle Dyke Parks, Geoff Muldaur, Donovan, Randy Newman, Nicolette Larson, and Very long John Baldry. Voormann was much less active like a program player within the 1980s, and used his attentions even more toward artwork, although he do make the German group Trio, which loved a big success with “Da Da Da,” and in addition arrived as Von Schnitzel in Robert Altman’s 1980 film Popeye (he’d previously made an appearance being a musician within the 1974 film Boy of Dracula, starring Nilsson and Starr). Through the 1990s Voormann resumed his romantic relationship towards the Beatles’ function when he designed the cover for The Beatles Anthology Compact disc, video, laserdisc, and Dvd movie produces. He released a single record, A Sideman’s Trip, which featured visitor areas by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Bonnie Bramlett, Jim Keltner, Truck Dyke Parks, Albert Lee, Don Nix, and many more, in 2009.

Quick Facts


Full Name Klaus Voormann
Profession Actor, Film producer, Music Producer, Graphic designer, Bassist
Nationality German
Spouse Christina Voormann, Cynthia Webb
Awards Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
Music Groups Plastic Ono Band, Manfred Mann
Music Songs Imagine, Working Class Hero, Give Peace a Chance, Mother, God, Woman Is the Nigger of the World, Cold Turkey, Love, New York City, Yer Blues, My Sweet Lord, Hold On, Well Well Well, Remember, We're All Water, Look at Me, The Luck of the Irish, Blue Suede Shoes, Sisters, O Sisters, My Mummy's Dead, Attica State, The Sun Is Down!, John Sinclair, Born in a Prison, Jamrag, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City, Listen the Snow Is Falling, Scumbag, All Things Must Pass, Short People, Why
Albums Take Me to the Land of Hell, A Sideman's Journey, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Live Peace in Toronto 1969, A Sideman's Journey (Limited Collector's Super Deluxe Box Set)
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Movies Composing the Beatles Songbook: Lennon and McCartney: 1966-1970, Popeye, Sweet Toronto, Romy I Am Shy


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#Fact
1 Appears on the Ringo Starr album "Ringo" , the only Beatles solo album to feature all four Beatles. Klaus also illustrated the accompanying libretto.
2 Is portrayed by Kai Wiesinger in Backbeat (1994).
3 In the early 1980s, he managed and produced Trio (the German New Wave band best known known for their hit "Da Da Da.)"
4 Designed the cover for the 1966 Beatles album "Revolver".
5 Dated artist/photographer Astrid Kirchherr; lost her to Beatles then-bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, but they remained friends. Voormann helped Sutcliffe to resume his art studies in Hamburg, which he'd virtually given up to be in the group.
6 Learned to play bass guitar, and followed the Beatles back to England, becoming first a member of Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, and then Manfred Mann. Later played bass on solo albums by longtime friends George Harrison and John Lennon, including Lennon's historic "Imagine".
7 German by birth; was attending art college in Hamburg when the Beatles were playing in clubs along the Reeperbahn, and met them there.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
White Star 1983 Tonmeister
Popeye 1980 Von Schnitzel, the Conductor
Son of Dracula 1974 Musician: The Count Downes

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Knew John Lennon 2003 TV Movie documentary original artwork
Where Was Spring? 1969 TV Series original artworks - 1969-1970

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Son of Dracula 1974 "Down", "At My Front Door", "Moonbeam Song", "Jump Into The Fire", "Daybreak", "Without You", uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Concert for George 2003 Video documentary musician: bass

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trio: Best of Trio 2003 Video producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Backbeat 1994 special thanks
Mother's Meat Freuds Flesh 1984 very special thanks - as Trio's producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Knew John Lennon 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beckmann 2003 TV Series Himself
Concert for George 2003 Video documentary Himself
Imagine Imagine 2003 Documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 2001 TV Series Himself
Imagine: John Lennon 1988 Documentary Himself (as The Plastic Ono Band)
ARD Wunschkonzert 1988 TV Series Himself
The Concert for Bangladesh 1972 Documentary Himself
Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? 1972 Documentary short Himself
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto 1971 Video documentary Himself (bass guitar)
Top of the Pops 1970 TV Series Himself - Musician / Himself
Beat-Club 1967-1969 TV Series Himself - Musician / Himself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet 1967 TV Series Himself - Musician
Beat! Beat! Beat! 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician
Ready, Steady, Go! 1966 TV Series Himself
Soeben eingetroffen 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician
A Whole Scene Going 1966 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1966 TV Series Himself
Big Beat '64 1964 TV Movie Himself (as Manfred Mann)
Revolution: The Legacy of the Sixties Documentary filming Himself
Talk im Hangar-7 2011-2012 TV Series Himself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Was wurde aus...? 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Brisant 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 Documentary Himself
Beatles Stories 2011 Documentary Himself
Classic Albums: John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band 2010 Video documentary Himself
Geschichten über die Beatles - Notizen zu einem Phänomen 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Kult am Sonntag 2009 TV Series Himself
Da Da Da - Drei Mann im Doppelbett 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
III nach neun 2009 TV Series Himself
All You Need Is Klaus 2009 Documentary Himself
Beatles' Biggest Secrets 2007 Himself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Artist & musician
Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Friend and Artist
Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with George Harrison and Friends 2005 TV Movie documentary
Shameful Secrets of the 70s 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Producer, 'Da Da Da'
Best of the Beatles 2005 Video documentary Himself - Artist and Musician
Leute am Donnerstag 2004 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Romy, ich bin krank 2013 Documentary short Himself
Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album 2000 Video documentary Himself
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet 1970 TV Series Himself - Musician
Soeben eingetroffen 1967 TV Series Himself - Musician
Beat-Club 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician

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