LUBO D´ORIOS ORIGINAL-BOOGIE-BAND, Der Klub tanzt Boogie, 1956

Bulgarian saxophonist and clarinetist  Lubo D´Orio arrived in Berlin somewhere in the mid to late 30s.  After playing in various well known bands he put his first orchestra together in 1940.  After the war his new band was a favourite with the US Forces. Few other German groups were able to come as close to the sound of the modern popular American swing bands as the Lubo D´Orio orchestra. In the late 40s and early 50s thousands of people came to the Sportpalast to see his band play the popular “Boogie Woogie Dance Competitions”.

Musically this is somewhere between swing and rock´n´roll. While the band´s  name was still remeniscent of  “Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies”, the great German big band swing legend of the 1930s, the music on this EP was geared straight towards teenagers.  Tellingly Lubo D´Orio´s second EP for the German Opera label was a medley of Bill Haley´s hit records. Most of Lubo´D´Orios  post-war swing material has been re-issued on the  German “Killer Diller” CD but so far these four cover versions have never seen a re-release in any format :  Gene Crupa´s “Boogie Blues”, Lionel Hampton´s “The Mess Is Here”, Billy May´s “Fat Man Boogie” and Dan Terry´s  “Teenager Boogie”.

LUBO D´ORIOS ORIGINAL-BOOGIE-BAND, Teenager Boogie, 1956

LUBO D´ORIOS ORIGINAL-BOOGIE-BAND, Fat Man Boogie, 1956

LUBO D´ORIOS ORIGINAL-BOOGIE-BAND, The Mess Is Here, 1956

LUBO D´ORIOS ORIGINAL-BOOGIE-BAND, Boogie Blues, 1956


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2 Comments on “LUBO D´ORIOS ORIGINAL-BOOGIE-BAND, Der Klub tanzt Boogie, 1956”

  1. kevan aman, Washington State USA says:

    Curious, What was German radio like back then. Was it Gov’t run like Britain’s BBC? Was American music available back then?

  2. German radio was very much under government control, quasi the same as the BBC. American jazz was NOT available, even though no one had diffuculties buying 78rpm records in Switzerland and bringing them in. The Jazz scene in Germany actually flourished in those days what with world-class orchestras (Willie Stech, Erich Bauschke, Freddie Brocksieper or the great Italian tenor saxophone player Tullio Mobiglia etc) playing and recording. The last Jazz recordings were made by Freddie Brocksieper in Berlin in early 1943, during an air raid! It is more than weird, that NO information seems to exist on Lubo D´Orio even though his name pops up all over the internet; as far as info on any of the others goes, it is very difficuly to find any at all – much like the painters of the era, a blanket of silence seems to have deliberately been spread over them. Gerry Frederics


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