Peter Rauhofer Dies
GRAMMY-winning dance/electronica producer/remixer Peter Rauhofer, aka Club 69, died May 7 from a brain tumor. He was 48. Raised in Vienna, Austria, Rauhofer emerged in the mid-'90s as one of New York's finest DJs under the moniker Club 69, which he used to create his suggestive style of house music. Prior to his career as an artist, he served as the international A&R director for Austrian record label GIG Records. Club 69's debut album, Adults Only, was released in 1995 and featured the dance hit "Let Me Be Your Underwear." Style followed in 1997 and cracked the Billboard 200 on the strength of the No. 1 dance hit "Much Better." In 1999 Rauhofer earned a GRAMMY Award for Remixer of The Year, Non-Classical for Cher's anthem "Believe." He earned two subsequent GRAMMY nominations for Remixer Of The Year, Non-Classical in 2000 and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" in 2003. Additional artists Rauhofer worked with include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, and Rihanna. "Peter Rauhofer was an innovative and gifted DJ, producer and remixer," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His impact on EDM will continue to inspire music lovers and keep them dancing."