Puhdys: Ex-bassist Harry Jeske is dead – Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

He was the “h” of the Puhdys, for decades until his departure in 1997 he plucked the bass of the most famous band in the GDR. Harry Jeske suffered from health problems for a long time. Now the musician has died at the age of 82.

“Harry’s wife Erma informed me on Thursday that Harry fell asleep peacefully in the late afternoon,” said Puhdys drummer Klaus Scharfschwerdt (66) on Friday to BILD. Previously, ex-manager Rolf Henning had the “Berlin Courier” confirmed the death of the musician.

Foto: picture alliance/dpa

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Last appearance in public. Harry Jeske 2019 in a wheelchair next to Puhdy colleague Peter MeyerFoto: picture alliance/dpa

Jeske last appeared in public in November 2019. To celebrate the 50th Puhdys birthday in the Rostock town hall, he came on stage in a wheelchair.

Jeske was born in Oranienburg in 1938. In 1965 he co-founded the Udo-Wendel-Combo. The Puhdys emerged from the 1969 (the name was made up of the first letters of the musicians’ first names and a “Y”).

Harry Jeske helped shape the style of the Puhdys for years, was seen as a talent for organization, brought instruments from the West, and thus provided the necessary career boost.

Because of an ear problem, Jeske left the band in 1997 and moved to their homeland with his Filipino wife Erma. The couple spent the past few years in Wismar.

Harry Jeske (r.) bei seinem letzten Puhdys-Konzert 1997Foto: picture alliance/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Harry Jeske (r.) At his last Puhdys concert in 1997Foto: picture alliance/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Harry Jeske (2.v.r.) auf einem Bandfoto der Puhdys aus dem Jahr 1996Foto: picture-alliance / ZB

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Harry Jeske (2nd from right) on a band photo of the Puhdys from 1996Foto: picture-alliance / ZB

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