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is a German
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
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An organist is a musician who plays any type of organ. An organist may play solo organ works, play with an ensemble or orchestra, or accompany one or more singers or instrumental soloists...
. He is an avid Hammond organ
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player, however he is more noted in later years for playing the Wersi
Wersi is a German manufacturer of electronic organs, keyboards and pianos. They were used by organists such as Franz Lambert and the late Klaus Wunderlich....
range of electronic organs. During his career he has released over 100 album
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His first notable public appearance was in 1969 in the German TV show Zum Blauen Bock,
after which he received his first publishing contract. He has played for several celebrities, including Prince Charles and Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming chancellor, he had served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Finance. He had also served briefly as Minister of Economics and as acting...
One of his works is the FIFA Anthem
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which was first played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup
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. It continues to be played at all FIFA-organized games and tournaments when the teams enter the pitch.
He lives in Heppenheim-Sonderbach, Hesse.