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Curtis "Curt" Cress (born 11 August 1952 in Brachttal, Germany) is a German drummer and composer.[1][2]

Curt Cress
Birth nameCurtis Cress
Born (1952-08-11) 11 August 1952 (age 67)
Brachttal, Germany
Occupation(s)Drummer, composer, professor
Years active1965-present


Life and workEdit

Curt Cress began his career in 1965 in Hanau with the band Load. Later also in Hanau he played with the bands Inspiration Six and most recently in 1969 Orange Peel, which was officially disbanded again the very next year, but comes together for occasional appearances. He has taken part in about 12,000 published recordings sold on at least 400 million records.[citation needed] He worked as a member of several bands including Klaus Doldinger's Passport, Atlantis, Spliff, Milli Vanilli and Snowball, Curt Cress Clan, and as a guest on numerous studio recordings and live performances with German and international artists, e.g. Falco, Peter Maffay, Rick Springfield, Saga and Tina Turner. In 1977, he replaced drummer Hans Bathelt in the german band Triumvirat, for their album Pompeii, but because of temporary legal quarrels between the keyboardist Hans-Jürgen Fritz and the drummer Hans Bathelt, concerning the name of the group, it was presented as New Triumvirat Presents Pompeii.

Cress is also known as a producer, most notably for Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claudia Cane, Heiner Pudelko, Nena, Nina Hagen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued to work as a studio musician, as for Boney M., Hubert Kah, Michael Cretu, Scorpions, Alphaville, BAP, Inga and Annette Humpe, Peter Cornelius, Marianne Rosenberg, Stefan Waggershausen, Udo Lindenberg, Meat Loaf and Freddie Mercury (Mr. Bad Guy).

Cress also made himself a name as a TV and film music composer. He composed the music for the series SK Kölsch, The Red Mile, HeliCops – Einsatz über Berlin and for the telenovelas Bianca - Wege zum Glück and Julia - Pursuit of Happiness. Cress is one of the composer's music scene for the series Love in Berlin. He also worked for Tatort and composed, among others, the theme songs of the ARD sports show and Wetten, dass ..?. For the feature film Bandits Cress was hired as playback drummer. Since 2009 he records along with Chris Weller and Manuel Mayer for the music of the ZDF telenovela Alisa - Follow your heart.

Since 2006, Cress has been a professor at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater; he has taught there since 2004.

His company CC HOLDING GmbH produces media products for music, film and television. The holding company has F.A.M.E. company Recordings Publishing GmbH, F.A.M.E. Artist Recordings GmbH, CRESS PUBLISHING GmbH and pilot Tonstudio GmbH.

Personal lifeEdit

Curt Cress is married and has three children.[citation needed]


Solo workEdit

  • 1975: Curt Cress Clan (LP)
  • 1983: Avanti (LP: WEA 24.0133; CD: WEA 240 133-2)
  • 1987: Sing (LP)
  • 1992: Bäng (CD)
  • 1998: Trip (CD: WEA [Warner] 3984-21825-2)

With other musiciansEdit


  • 15 times Drummer of the Year (journal)
  • Record Prize of the German Phono Academy
  • Gold records, and A. for Bandits , BAP , Münchener Freiheit


  • Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia. Rowohlt, Reinbek 2002


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