Herbert Dreilich grew up in the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1959 he came to East Germany, where he completed until 1961 trained as recruiters use in Halle ( Saale) and also occasionally worked as such. Since 1960 he played guitar in amateur bands, including at the Jazz Youngsters in Halle, 1962-64 and 1967-68 with Reinhard Lakomy at the Music Stromers. 1967 to 1971 he attended the Music School in East Berlin Friedrichshain. 1968 to 1969 he played at the Henry Kotowski quintet and the Puhdys, from 1969 to 1971 at the Alexander, 1971-1974 Panta Rhei - including Veronika Fischer - and since 1975 in Karachi.
From 1977 he was the sole lead singer of carats. He took 1978 carats in the Grand Prix of the International Pop Festival in Dresden part and made her first appearance in West Berlin. The LPs The Blue Planet (1982) and Albatross (1984 ) brought him with each carat gold record in the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1986, he was also involved in the GDR supergroup guitarists, in which he played alongside Tamara Danz ( Silly ), Toni Krahl ( City ) and Mike Kilian ( rock the house) as a singer.
In 1983 he was with the other members of carat with the National Prize of the GDR III. Class of Arts and Letters Award.
In October 1997 Dreilich suffered a stroke. As of August 2003, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. On the night of 11th to December 12th, 2004 Herbert Dreilich succumbed to cancer at the age of 62 years. The funeral was held at the cemetery in Berlin- Biesdorf with participation of artists such as Peter Maffay, Heinz Kahlau, Norbert Kaiser and the Puhdys on 15 December 2004.
Dreilich was married three times and left a son and a daughter.
His successor at Karat took effect in 2005 to his son Claudius Dreilich. Since Herbert Dreilich had the rights to the name " carat " in 1998 and secured Dreilichs widow had inherited the rights, the group had to rename from January 2006 and the subsequent name " K. .. ". A Berlin court ruled on 19 June 2007 that the rights to the name " carat " are entitled to the members of the band. The band is called again since then " carat ".
- Panta Rhei, LP, 1973
- Karat, LP, 1978
- Over seven bridges, LP, 1979
- Albatros, LP, 1979
- Swan King, LP, 1980
- The Blue Planet, LP, 1982
- The seven wonders of the world, LP, 1983
- Live - On the way to you (Live), LP, 1985
- The Gitarreros Live in Concert, LP, 1987
- Fifth season, LP, 1987
- Peace ... in the next, LP, 1990
- 91 carat, LP, 1991
- Fourteen carat, CD, 1992
- The gift of an hour, CD, 1995
- Balance, CD, 1997
- Sixteen carat, CD, 1998
- I love every hour, CD, 2000
- 25 Years - The concert, CD, VHS, DVD, 2001
- Light and shadow, CD, 2003
- The official Herbert Dreilich commemorative CD, published by SUPERillu 2005
- 30 years carat, CD, 2005
- And other various samplers and singles