Peter Meisel, German music publisher and producer, died at the age of 75 on Oct. 5 in Pinkhurst, North Carolina.

Together with his brother Thomas, he led the Berlin-based music publisher Meisel Musikverlage since 1960.

In 1964, the Meisel brothers founded the first German independent label Hansa.

Among the Hansa productions were groups such as Boney M., Milli Vanilli and La Bouche by producer Frank Farian.

Meisel also started companies in the U.K. and the U.S. to exploit productions from Germany.

At Hansa, Meisel led Giorgio Moroder to worldwide successes. The German producer Dieter Bohlen started his international career with the act Modern Talking on the label.

In 1985, the Hansa label was sold to Bertelsmann Music Group.

In 1984 Peter Meisel moved to the U.S having sold his publishing shares to his brother. Meisel bought into the fast-food chain Wendy's, but later returned to the music business in Berlin after German reunification in 1990.

He discovered the a capella group Die Prinzen, and the singer Lou Bega, who had a worldwide hit with "Mambo No. 5."

"Peter Meisel was a pioneer and pillar of the German and international music history. He was my mentor and my friend. He will remain irreplaceable," said George Glueck, founder of George Glueck publishing in Berlin.

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