TONI SULZBÖCK, Tonis Zitherspielereien

This record was in the same 50 cents bin that the Trio Harmonie 45s came from. After I enjoyed jazz played an the harmonica I thought I might also give the zither a chance. The zither is mainly associated with traditional folk music, but the most famous and commercially successful zither song is still a pop song : The Harry Lime Theme, also known as The Third Man Theme, written and recorded by Anton Karas for the 1949 film The Third Man.

Toni Sulzböck led his own group in the 60s and 70s and regularly appeared on German television accompanying various artists.  Although as a zitherist Toni  primarily played traditional material, he also wrote and produced more pop oriented songs for other artists. This medley record, probably one of Toni Sulzböck´s  first,  is surprisingly swingin´, because, the medleys are based on swing songs from the 1930s and 40s. Obviously influenced by Les Paul´s innovative production techniques, Dieter Resch experimented with his guitar tricks in East Germany, while Toni Sulzböck tried the same on his zither over in Bavaria. I think he displays an unusual pop sensibility on these two sides. This is zither music for dancing.

Sadly it appears that very few of his songs have ever been reissued, certainly not these two. So, here´s Toni Sulzböck and his swingin´ trickzither:


TONI SULZBÖCK, Tonis Zitherspielereien 1. Teil

TONI SULZBÖCK, Tonis Zitherspielereien 2.Teil

5 Comments on “TONI SULZBÖCK, Tonis Zitherspielereien”

  1. Jörg says:

    Wonderful tunes, interesting sound. In part 1 I can recognize the melody of “Küss mich, bitte bitte küss mich”.

    What really amazes me is the TRICK in Trickzither and in the Trickguitar by Dieter Resch below. Has anyone ever heard of Trickdrums, Trickbass, Tricktrumpet? Maybe there is a whole group of trickmusicians out there, magicians of the triangle, wizards of the whistle and real illusionists of the ordinary violin. Maybe I just don’t know them.

    Or is “trick” just another expression for “played in pizzicato-style”?

  2. mischalke04 says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head. I´d still be interested to hear some tricktrumpet playing…

  3. Kurt L - KL in NYC says:

    Are you sure about 1956? I thought that Philips started their “Minigroove” records in 1958-1959. (I’m not an expert on that — just asking)

  4. mischalke04 says:

    NOT so sure. I´m not an expert either…Thanks for questioning, I don´t really know where the date came from… I´ll take it down.. now we´ll never know… nobody cares about this crap…

  5. Riton Mousquetaire says:

    Is there any way you could reupload the sound for these tracks? I would be very curious to hear them! It’s difficult to find informations on Sulzböck, especially in english. Great post!

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