He wrote hits like “Schmittchen Schleicher” and “Hamburg 75” and had his own series with “scheibnweise”. Now the singer-songwriter and cabaret artist Hans Scheibner has died at the age of 85.

The Hamburg songwriter and cabaret artist Hans Scheibner is dead. He died on Monday (May 23) at the age of 85 after a short, serious illness, as his family announced to the German Press Agency (dpa) on Wednesday evening.

With songs like “I like to stand on the assembly line”, his series “scheibnweise” (from 1979 in the first) or the NDR political satires “Walther and Willy” (2001-2006) Scheibner had celebrated nationwide success. However, the son of a small forwarding company experienced his greatest time in the legendary “Hamburg scene” of the 1970s. In 1976, his text for “Schmittchen Schleicher” enabled singer Nico Haak to score a much-buzzed top ten hit.

Two years earlier, Scheibner had written the anthem “Hamburg 75” for Gottfried and Lonzo from the “Retirement Band”. “I love Hamburg more than anything,” said the bearer of the Biermann-Ratjen Medal of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, who was born on August 27, 1936, to the dpa on the occasion of his 80th birthday. As a child, he experienced the nights of the bombings of the “Fire Storm” in the city, later he identified with the well-cultivated understatement of its inhabitants. His role models Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) and Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934) also worked in Hamburg.

Scheibner’s title song for his LP “Achterndiek” was not only a hit with the anti-nuclear movement in Brokdorf. However, the artist himself repeatedly caused career curbs. In 1985, for example, he compared soldiers with murderers on the NDR talk show, whereupon he was dismissed for a long time “cheatwise”. The satirist, who also liked to take aim at everyday and interpersonal matters (“Who takes grandma?”), often appeared too conservative for the left and too left for conservatives. Scheibner told the dpa that he acquired a “humanistic view of man” through reading everything from Socrates and Plato to Lessing and Kierkegaard.

He renounced church and religion just as he later renounced Marxism, which conformed to the zeitgeist. Critical awareness and enjoyment of life were never mutually exclusive for the artist, who had been married to the actress Petra Verena Milchert since 1990 and later became the enthusiastic father of four daughters. He died at home surrounded by his family.