Gabi Delgado-López

Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López (18 April 1958 – 22 March 2020),[1] commonly known as Gabi Delgado, was a German composer, lyricist and producer, best known as singer and co-founder, with Robert Görl, of the German electronic band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.

Gabi Delgado-López
Delgado-López live with D.A.F. at Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany, 1 December 2012
Delgado-López live with D.A.F. at Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany, 1 December 2012
Background information
Birth nameGabriel Delgado-López
Born(1958-04-18)18 April 1958
Córdoba, Spain
Died22 March 2020(2020-03-22) (aged 61)
GenresElectronic Body Music
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer
Years active1978–2020
Associated actsDeutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, DAF/DOS, Robert Görl

BiographyEdit

Delgado-López grew up in Córdoba. In 1966, his family moved to Germany ("My father had to leave Spain under Franco"),[2] where they lived in Remscheid, Wuppertal, Dortmund and Düsseldorf.

 
Delgado-López with Robert Görl

He formed D.A.F. with Görl in 1978. In 1980, he moved to London, where he lived until D.A.F. first split in 1984. He then moved to Zürich and released the solo album Mistress, which did not sell well in Germany but was top 20 in Japan,[3] then reuniting with Görl to record the 1986 D.A.F. album 1st Step to Heaven.

In 1986, he moved to Berlin to become a DJ and organise house parties. He organized (with WestBam and Marc Gubler) the first house party in Germany. With Saba Komssa, he founded the techno-house labels Delkom Club Control, BMWW and Sunday Morning Berlin.[2][3]

In 1995, he founded, with Wotan Wilke Möhring, the band DAF/DOS, who recorded the album Allein, zu zweit, mit Telefon (Alone, As A Couple, With Telephone) on Sony/Columbia, with the singles "Ich glaub' ich fick' dich später" ("I Think I'll Fuck You Later") and "Zurück nach Marzahn" ("Back to Marzahn"). In 2003, Delgado reunited again with Görl for another D.A.F. album, Fünfzehn neue D.A.F-Lieder (Fifteen New D.A.F. Songs).

 
Live with D.A.F. in 2007

His brother, Eduardo Delgado-López, is a bass player.

Delgado-López was bisexual and spoke at length about it publicly.[2]

DiscographyEdit

Solo:

  • Mistress (1983)
  • Eins (2014)
  • Zwei (2015)

with DAF:

Note: Although Delgado-López had previously been a member of DAF, he temporarily left the band before they recorded Ein Produkt der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Freundschaft (1979), hence this debut album is a series of instrumentals without his participation.

with Delkom:

  • Futur Ultra (1990)

with DAF/DOS:

  • Allein, zu zweit, mit Telefon (1996)
  • Der DAF/DOS Staat (1999)
  • Der DAF/DOS Live Staat (1999)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Doran, John. "Gabi Delgado-Lopez, DAF, RIP". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Breyer, Nike (8 November 2003). "Das ist alles wirklich Plastik, haha" [This is all really plastic, haha]. taz.de (in German). Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Rambow, Jörg. "DAF". Krone Concerts (in German). Retrieved 1 March 2014.

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