The Rattles

Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s


Guided by the late Manfred Weissleder, proprietor of the city’s Star Club, Hamburg teenagers Achim Reichel (28 January 1944, Wentorf, Germany; guitar/vocals), guitarist Volker Reinhold was replaced by Hajo Kreuzfeld in 1961, Herbert Hildebrandt (b. 23 January 1943, Hamburg, Germany; bass/vocals) and Dieter Sadlowsky who made way for Reinhard Tarrach (b. 21 September 1944, Henkenhagen, Germany; drums) modelled their group on the British beat image in 1962. Among their first recordings was a version of ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’, and they often shared bills with Tony Sheridan, Cliff Bennett, the Beatles and Kingsize Taylor. Later, morale was boosted by a successful fortnight’s residency in Liverpool’s The Cavern club, and appearances on UK television. When, in 1966, Reichel had to join the army, the band’s line-up changed permanently, with the addition of singer Frank Dostal (b. 16 December 1945, Flensburg, Germany) and Bernd Schulz (b. 27...

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