Wilde World: Renate & Werner Leismann

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Brother and sister duo of Werner Leismann (December 31, 1936 – April 21, 2015) and Renate Leismann (April 16, 1942 – February 3, 2016) were born in Schmallenberg (Germany). At the end of the 1950’s they appeared in the German television programme ‘Toi toi toi’, which made them known by the general public. They released their debut album in 1962 and had their first hit, ‘Gaucho Mexicano’. They released many singles and albums after that, and also competed in the German Schlager competitions in 1968, 1969 and 1970. They continued performing live and on television until the 1980’s, when health problems struck. They made their comeback in 2010, with the single ‘Das Rothaarsteig-Lied’, a new track from a compilation of greatest hits. Later that year they receive a gold record for their 50 years in the music business.

For Wilde fans, their most remarkable single has to be ‘Ferien auf dem Bauernhof’, which comes with the B-side ‘Tagebuch unserer Liebe’, a German-language version of ‘I still believe in tomorrow’  with lyrics by Dieter Rasch. You can listen to the song here.