Father of Alexander Menke and Franziska Menke (a.k.a.Frl. Menke). Husband of Karin Menke.
Joe Menke was a German composer, producer and founder of Studio Maschen, the first privately run sound studio in Germany, which he installed 1964 in the cellar of his house.
He wrote tons of German schlager in the late 50s and early 60s and was especially successful as producer of the Band Truck Stop (2). He published a lot of his songs and productions under "Edition Joe Menke". In 1983 he founded together with Harald Gutowski the publishing house "GuM audio.media".