Aljoscha Rompe

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Aljoscha Rompe

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Vocalist

Born: October 20, 1947
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Died: November 23, 2000 (Age 53)
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Previous bands: Feeling 14
Feeling B

Arthur Alexander "Aljoscha" Rompe (October 20, 1947 in Berlin-Buch – November 23, 2000 in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg) was the lead singer of the East German band Feeling B.

Life

Aljoscha's mother, an interpreter, emigrated with her father, Arthur Baumgarten, from Swiss to East-Berlin, shortly before his birth. Rompe was born as Arthur Alexander Jessen. His father was Swiss actor Jörn Jessen. According to Aljoscha's aunt, he knew of his father but did not have contact to him, and he did not pay alimony for Aljoscha. Other sources say that he learned about his father after his death in 1975.

He made first contact to the music scene when he started to work as a driver and audio technician for bands like Faible, Vulcan, Monokel and Drudenfuß in 1974. He founded a sessionband called Feeling 14 in the 70s, which was called after the address of Rompe's flat back then, which was located in the Metzer Straße 14. According to Paul Landers the lyrics for songs like "Hopla He" and "Mix mir einen Drink" originated from that time. Other people say, that the lyrics for "Du wirst den Gipfel nie erreichen" also were written during that time.

In March 1983 he founded the band Feeling Berlin, which was renamed to Feeling B, because a band with that name already existed. Together with Paul Landers and Flake he recorded three albums. The band became the first band to release a punk rock album on the GDR's own music label AMIGA. They disbanded in 1994 and played their last concert on May 20th, 1994.

Aljoscha died of asthma in November 2000.