Señor Coconut was a timely reminder to those who needed one that the best performers of Latin American music have always been Central Europeans. Here’s der Onkel Bumba as immortalised by the Comedian Harmonists:
Their life made impossible by Mr Goebbels, half the Comedians ended up in the States, but an even stranger fate awaited Dajos Béla. Born of a Jewish-Russian-Hungarian family in Kiev, he became a star in pre-war Berlin playing tangos and then fled via Paris, London and Vienna to … Buenos Aires, where his success continued. One suspects that if he had been a coal merchant his grave would be on the banks of the Tyne. Here’s his orchestra playing “You look absolutely scrumptious again tonight, my dear lady”, and, ahem, doesn’t she:
What about Xavier Cugat? Well he was a Polak, of course…
Posting may be light over the next few weeks due to my old friend Mr Mammon.
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Pros, contras, divagaciones.
- Why Spain loves rancid foreign musical clichés
Easy: in a country prone to civil war it’s important to have something everyone can agree on, regardless of their local
- Barcelona’s greatest Dutch pop star
Siegfried Anton den Boer/Siegfried Andre Den Boer Kramer/Anthony van den Boer/Tony Ronald/Tonny Ronald etc, born Arnhem 1941/1943/1944, permanently resident in Barcelona
- Several Viennese musical curiosities
Karl Nagl’s claim that, unlike the Germans, Viennese organ-grinders are musicians, because they have “crank-sense.” And female yodelling with Dudlerinnen Trude
- Top 10 Russian football songs: No. 10: Argentina-Yamayka 5-0, by Chayf (1999)
Our women forgive us our weakness / Our women forgive us our tears / They forgive the whole world its laughter