Formed in 1959 as the Skiffle Lords, this German act dropped the prefix four years later, upon adopting a style more in keeping with British beat. In September 1964 they won a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ contest at Hamburg’s famed Star Club, the prize for which was a recording contract. Although their debut single, ‘Hey Baby, Lass Den Ander’n’, was sung in German, subsequent releases featured their highly stylized version of English. However, despite a lack of subtlety, ‘Shakin’ All Over’, ‘Poor Boy’ and ‘Boom Boom’ were highly accomplished. The Lords - Ulrich ‘Ulli’ Gunther (b. 24 July 1942, Berlin, Germany, d. 13 October 1999, Potsdam, Germany; vocals), Rainer ‘Gandy’ Petry (b. 5 July 1944, Berlin, Germany; guitar), Klaus Peter Lietz (b. 31 December 1943, Hammerstein, Germany; guitar), Knud Kuntze (bass) and Peter Max Donath (b. 11 August 1944, Berlin, Germany; drums) - were later viewed as Germany’s leading group and successful tours of other European countries ensued. In 1965, Kuntze was replaced by Bernd Zamulo (b. 16 August 1946, Cuxhaven, Germany), but the promise of their early work was undermined by increasingly substandard fair, including ‘Have A Drink On Me’ (1966), ‘John Brown’s Body’ and ‘Gloryland’ (both 1967). The Lords nonetheless embraced psychedelia with Ulleogmamaxbe, but having failed to revive their reputation, were supplanted by newer, progressive rock acts. The group has been revived on several occasions to exploit the nostalgia market. Not to be confused with the UK punk blues band of the same name.