CHOR UND ORCHESTER KARL-HEINZ LOGES, Hummel-Hummel Bossa Nova

345-817-2-FAs much as I enjoyed seeing the German team win 7-1 over Brazil in the Football World Cup last night, I´d like to point out how much Germans have been fans of everything Brazilian for a long time.

This funny little song from the early 1960s even manages to mix patriotic feelings for the city of Hamburg with Brazilian Bossa Nova. It seems strange but it does make sense considering that Hamburgers always prided themselves to be very cosmopolitan. Hummel Hummel is a traditional greeting among people from Hamburg.

Karl-Heinz Loges held the position of staff arranger and conductor for Radio Hamburg for many years. He also wrote music for films and was probably best known to the general public for the themes to the the  German TV series “Hallo Nachbar” and “Lotterie”.

CHOR UND ORCHESTER KARL-HEINZ LOGER, Hummel-Hummel Bossa Nova

 

 

 

 

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THE WASHBOARD BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

washboard-special-frontJust noticed that the last post was my 700th post since I started this blog in 2007. To celebrate all these wasted years,  here´s another flexible Birthday 78rpm postcard record, published by the London based Melody Cards company. These postcard records offer perfect copyright-friendly blog material: anonymous artists, no copyright noted, 50 plus years old and of course never reissued.

Plus, underneath the crackles and pops, a pretty silly song.

No washboard though….

 

 

The Washboard Birthday Special

 

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Happy, Happy Birthday!

On this anniversary of the day that you were born.

 

Let´s git goin´ down the track,

Once I´se there ain´t comin´ back,

Git those presents on the rack

Of the WASHBOARD BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

washboard-special-happy-birthdaywashboard-special-best-wishes-fromwashboard-special-backNote the Joe Brown haircut of the teenage boy in the center!

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DIE DIXIELAND WILD CATS, Wild Cat Blues, 1960

45-26-003-yThis cash-in version of  Chris Barber´s 1959 hit coupling of Petite Fleur/ Wild Cat Blues, recorded by The Dixieland Wild Cats, an anonymous group, was both published by the budget label Baccarola and the Bertelsmann record club. I already posted another version by Kid Orbis on the Delta super-budget flexi-label in 2012.

Petite Fleur was an international hit in 1959 and spearheaded the popularity of the Trad-Jazz movement in Europe. Sidney Bechet, who wrote and first recorded Petite Fleur in 1952, wasn´t able to share the late success of his song. He died in Paris on May 14,  1959.

I really do like these budget versions, especially the rhythm section on Wild Cat Blues. The vibraphone, the bass and the guitar, add a dynamic, slightly more modern touch to the standard early 1920s chug-chug-chug rhythm of the original. I also dig the novelty ending:

DIE DIXIELAND WILD CATS, Wild Cat Blues, 1960

 

DIE DIXIELAND WILD CATS, Petite Fleur, 1960