Mark Wirtz

Mark Philipp Wirtz

Also known as Ferdy, M Wirtz, M. Wirtz, M.P. Wirtz, M.u.R. Wirtz, Marc Wirtz, Mark P. Wirtz, Wirtz
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Discography of Mark Wirtz:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Hollywood Years 1971-1982 Vol. 2: The Dreamer Of Glass Beach 19 Audio 1999 RPM Records (2)
2 The Go-Go Music Of The Mark Wirtz Orchestra & Chorus 23 Audio 1996 RPM Records (2)
3 (He's Our Dear Old) Weatherman 2 Audio 1968-02-00 Odeon
4 The Mark Wirtz Anthology - Garage Sale At Rainbow's End 91 Audio 2002-09-00 Capital M
5 The Fantastic Story Of Mark Wirtz And The Teenage Opera 40 Audio 2001 RPM Records (2)
6 Engel Fallen Nicht Vom Himmel / Shy Boy 2 Audio 1968
7 Wirtz And Music 26 Audio 2009
8 Caroline 2 Audio 1969-10-03 CBS
9 Debut! 12 Audio 1966 World Record Club
10 Balloon 11 Audio 1973 Capitol Records
11 My Daddie Is A Baddie 2 Audio 1969 CBS
12 Die Zeit Kennt Keine Wiederkehr 4 Audio 1970 Columbia

Born in 1943 in Strasbourg, Alsace (France).

Wirtz will always be remembered as the creator of the infamous [i]Teenage Opera[/i] which catapulted Keith West into momentary fame. Prior to this, he was a successful producer at EMI principally for his work on the stereo-only [i]Studio 2[/i] series.

Wirtz was already producing the (pre [a=Tomorrow (2)]) [i] In Crowd[/i], had used [a=Steve Howe] as a session guitarist on various projects, and subsequently asked Keith West to assist him on the "Teenage Opera". Although the relative failure of [i] Sam [/i], the second single, doomed its progress, he used Abbey Road down-time to assemble more "Opera" material, notably the highly complex [i] (He's Our) Dear Old Weatherman[/i]. It bore all of the producer's distinctive trademarks - swirling strings, child singers and a sumptuous melody - and the result was an artistic masterpiece. Sadly, it was not a commercial success and all remaining Opera music was shelved. Wirtz remained very active in the music world, recording a variety of albums and singles during the seventies.

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