ALICE BABS, Twiedlie Die, 1955Posted: March 3, 2010
Another close contender for weakest German rock´n´roll song considering the embarassing deterioration of such a cool Rhythm & Blues song. LaVern Baker recorded Tweedle Dee for Atlantic in 1954. It was her first hit , reaching #4 on Billboard´s R&B chart and #14 on its Pop chart.
The swedish singer Alice Babs is backed by Werner Müller and the Rias-Tanzorchester, Berlin which makes it a German song I guess. Why do I collect these records if I think they´re so bad? I know it´s a contradiction. I listened to the 50´s rock´n´roll records of Peter Kraus, Ted Herold, Paul Würges and Billy Sanders when I was a teenager in the early 80´s and I liked them. It is weak rock´n´roll but it´s all we had here in old Deutschland. Our grandfathers had tried to conquer the world and had worshipped the most evil man of the 20th century. How could we be cool?
In the 50´s a lot of the same people that had cheered Hitler on were still around and in power (again). This German rock´n´roll still carries that repressive feeling of being in the company of all those old people on its back.
No offense to Alice Babs but listen to “the original Tweedle Dee-girl” LaVern Baker (2:55):
At least the Swedes were allowed to swing in the 40´s: