Updated July 24, 2020, 8:13 a.m.
He was the voice of GDR bands like Electra, Lift or Reform. Now Stephan Trepte died at the age of 70. His son says goodbye with emotional words.
Stephan Trepte, musician and singer of the East German rock band Electra (“Never before”, “Step into the cathedral”), is dead. He died at the age of 70, like his son, the actor Ludwig Trepte, on Thursday on his Instagram account.
In addition to Electra, Trepte also sang with the band Lift, also from Dresden, and later with the Magdeburg group Reform.
“My heart is supposed to be water / a salty water / that runs out of your eyes / if it overflows”, Ludwig Trepte quoted from the song “My heart should be water” that his father had sung with an elevator.
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“Last Monday you turned 70 and tomorrow we wanted to go on vacation with your grandchildren,” it said. “You were a gifted singer full of emotions and your voice went straight to my heart.”
Trepte came from Biehla in Saxony. After training as a mechanical engineer, he first played in amateur bands before being brought to the band by Electra boss Bernd Aust.
Stephan Trepte sang “Electtra in the cathedral” in 1972 for Electra. The band and their song also became known because the song was interpreted in the GDR as an advertisement for the church and the song was hardly officially played because of it.
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After tensions at Electra, Trepte switched to lift in 1974, two years later he went to neon and ended up in reform. He stayed with the band until the band dissolved in 1986.
Later Trepte participated in various music projects, including with former colleagues from the time with Lift and Electra. Trepte later joined Electra again and remained as a singer until the band dissolved in 2015. (dpa / thp)