BILLY VAUGHN,Humoresque Boogie

Billy Vaughn was one of the most famous American orchestra leaders of the 50s and 60s and was especially successful in Germany. I still see his 1961 hit-record “Wheels” in every Thrift-store that i go to.

The cover of the German edition of this record, however was drawn by Ole Jensen, a native Berliner.

Ole Jensen was born October 9th 1924 in Berlin. The introduction to his 1965 book “Kopf des Tages, Kopf der Woche, Köpfe der Zeit” was written by his friend and Colleague H.J.Stenzel (see my second post ). Just like Stenzel, Jensen is pretty much forgotten today, even among contemporary Berlin cartoonists, but was fairly popular in the late 50s to mid-60s. He appeared regularly on local Berlin TV doing high-speed sketches.

Just like me today, these guys were in their late 30s to early 40s, but had been raised in Nazi Germany, had been to war and were now shaping or echoing the German sense of humour of the post war time. ( Ein kleiner Text von mir  über Billy Vaughn und Ole Jensen, erschien am 23. Juli 2009 in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World, zu lesen  hier. )

 

BILLY VAUGHN,Humoresque Boogie


8 Comments on “BILLY VAUGHN,Humoresque Boogie”

  1. […] The caricature of Willi Brandt is by the local Berlin cartoonist Ole Jensen( see my post about him here) […]

  2. email richtig:ferdinandl@freemail.hu

  3. Leider englische Text kann ich nicht verstehen.
    Ich habe nur 1 email; ferdinandl@freemail.hu.
    Ist es möglich in deutsche Sprache antworten.
    Mit herzlichen Dank:
    Ferdinánd László
    UNGARN – Budapest, 1202. Naszód u. 3.

  4. nora jensen says:

    einen schönen guten tag, ich bin die tochter von ole jensen. sie schreiben, dass er in nazideutschland großgezogen wurde und im krieg gekämpft hat. er war 15 jahre alt als der krieg anfing und kam bald ins krankenhaus, da er an tbc litt. dort blieb er fast die ganze kriegszeit, da er sich selbst ins bein schoss, um im untergrund des krankenhauses unterschriften zu fälschen. kriegsende heiratete er seine erste frau, die jüdin hella langheld. beste grüße, nora jensen

  5. mischalke04 says:

    Liebe Nora,

    vielen Dank für die aufklärenden Informationen. Bedauerlicherweise gibt es zu Leben und Werk von Ole Jensen so gut wie keine Informationen im Internet. Als Cartoonist schätze ich seinen Stil sehr.

    Alles Gute
    Andreas

  6. This email comes from US, Can you tell me if Ole Jensen is still alive? I have his caricature work of 1956 titled 18 Drawings (Churchill, Adenauer, Eisenhower, DeGaulle). I like it very much and would like to know more about Ole Jensen. Thank you very much. Danke. Sue from Colorado

  7. mischalke04 says:

    Dear Sue,
    according to Wikipedia Ole Jensen was born in 1924 and died in 1977.
    I´sorry, but that´s about all I know. I found a video though, of his daughter, actress Nora Jensen, reading her father´s poetry:

    Best wishes from Berlin
    Andreas

  8. Thank you for sending me this – While I do not understand German, I can tell she is an actress- her intonation, her hand movements, her confidence before an audience. Danke! Sue


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