Over three decades Michael has written more than 4000 Lyrics for pop songs, 26 of them reaching Number One at 17 respective National Pop Charts. Altogether he wrote the words of 231 Top100 Hits.
Among the stars who sang his songs are Julio Iglesias, Nana Mouskouri, Udo Jürgens, Silver Convention, Penny McLean, Mireille Mathieu, Peggy March, Adamo, Herbie Mann, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, Johnny Logan, Tony Christie, Cliff Richard, Charles Aznavour, Caterina Valente, Michael Crawford, Lulu, Daliah Lavi, Milva, Gilbert Becaud, Al Martino and many more.
Michael received numerous awards for his work as a lyricist, such as 58 gold and 25 platinum records, a Grammy® and an Echo® Lifetime Award. Some of his songs have become standards in Europe (Griechischer Wein/Come Share The Wine) and the US (Fly, Robin, Fly).
Today Michael works mainly for the musical stage. He regards his songwriting for the pop market as a closed chapter of his career. Every now and then, though, a song from one of his shows crosses over.