March 21, 2008 – Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk) was born on March 24th 1946 in Scherfede and brought up in Düsseldorf. Influenced by UK rock acts such as The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, he formed a band in 1966 called The No. Other members were friends Norbert Körfer, Lutz Bellman and Jo Maassen.
In 1969 The No split up and he joined cover band The Smash and began touring southern Germany. In 1970 he joined Kraftwerk as their drummer. After which he began the recording sessions with the band which would become Neu!. He made 3 albums with Neu!. Klaus’s most famous, successful, and acclaimed post-Neu! act would be La Düsseldorf. They released a string of successful albums, with sales totaling over a million, in the late 70’s and early 80’s: La Düsseldorf, Viva, and Individuellos. Klaus then released two solo albums “Neondian” and “Blue”.
In the 90s he launched the band La! Neu?, releasing 7 albums on Captain Trip Records. He died from heart failure on March 21, 2008, 3 days before his birthday.