The German band â€˜Satin Whaleâ€™ was founded around 1971 in the region of Cologne by Thomas BrÃ¼ck (bass, vocals), Gerard Dellmann (keyboards), Dieter Roesberg (guitar, sax ,flute, vocals) and Horst SchÃ¶ffgen (drums). Their first record â€˜Desert Placesâ€™ was released in 1974 on the green â€˜Brainâ€™ label, musically a typical example of German Seventies rock not unlike their stablemates â€˜Grobschnittâ€™ and â€˜Janeâ€™ for the harder edge, with guitar and organ jams.
During a rock contest in 1974 (â€˜Rocksound 74â€™) â€˜Satin Whaleâ€™ was elected the most popular German band. For the second release â€˜Lost Mankindâ€™ 1975 new drummer Wolfgang Hieronymi joined and the band changed to the â€˜Teldecâ€™ label, continuing musically in the same direction as their first record, with â€˜Jethro Tullâ€™ inspired flute-work. The band then went on tour as a support act for â€˜Barclay James Harvestâ€™. This had a direct influence on their music and their third record â€˜As A Keepsakeâ€™ was inspired by BJH, less rock and more symphonic influenced pop.
Their consequent tour served for the double live â€˜Whalecomeâ€™, which showed the good musicianship of the band, giving room to extended improvisations, especially on the 17-minute long â€˜Hava Nagila. In the same year â€˜Satin Whaleâ€™ released â€˜A Whale of Timeâ€™, a good record especially the title track, an instrumental with a great string arrangement. In 1979 the band composed the soundtrack for the German movie â€˜Die Faust In Der Tascheâ€™ by director Max Willutzki. As the film was a popular and with their popularity rising the band released the same year â€˜On Tourâ€™. In 1980 â€˜Satin Whaleâ€™ released â€˜Donâ€™t Stop The Showâ€™,their last and commercial record, together with Ex Triumvirat singer Barry Palmer and the band split up in 1981.