It was with great regret that we learned of the unexpected passing of Frank Dostal last week at the age of 71. As well as being an internationally acclaimed lyricist and producer, Mr. Dostal was also the deputy chairman of GEMA’s supervisory board and a lifelong supporter of musical authors rights.
Born in Flensburg and raised in Hamburg, Mr. Dostal first came to the public’s attention as a vocalist, bassist and organ player with a number of 1960’s German groups including The Rattles and Wonderland. In the 1970’s he focused on writing lyrics and worked with Nana Mouskouri, the Goombay Dance Band and Baccara for whom he co-wrote “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie”, an international hit that is still one of the best-selling singles of all time with an estimated total of 18 million units.
Tributes have been paid for Frank Dostal from music creators all over the world.