DIE DIXIE-KAVALIERE, Amalie geht mit ´nem Gummikavalier, 1962

amalie-frontIn-meiner-Burggummikavalierburg-am-strandeIt´s summertime, so here are two summer related Dixieland songs. The Dixie-Kavaliers were  inspired by the success of the Old Merry Tale Jazzband who had a few hits mixing Dixieland and Schlager around the same time in the early 60s.

Amalie is an uptated Dixieland version of an old German Jazz-Schlager. Max Raabe recently authentically revived the 1927 original, a so-called “Badesaison-Schlager” (bathing season hit song). In the 1920s, swim rings and other sorts of inflatable water toys, were called Gummikavalier. The song was written by Siegwart Ehrlich (1981-1941), a German jew, who was also known by his pseudonyms Victorio and Sydney Ward. Ehrlich wrote many songs for revues and musicals. In 1933, he fled Germany to escape the Nazis. He died  in 1841 in Barcelona.

Trumpf ist die Mode der Seebadsaison,
man nimmt ins Wasser Tiere,
Hunde aus Gummi in jeder Façon,
Affen, Giraffen, Tapire.

Amalie fand das sehr apart,
doch hat sie ihre eig’ne Art.

Amalie geht mit ‘nem Gummikavalier,
mit ‘nem Gummikavalier ins Bad.
Amalie geht mit ‘nem Gummikavalier,
mit ‘nem Gummikavalier ins Bad.
Und sie pustet, und sie bläst ihn auf geschwinde,
an der Nordsee und im Wannsee, Travemünde.
Amalie geht mit ‘nem Gummikavalier,
mit ‘nem Gummikavalier ins Bad.


DIE DIXIE-KAVALIERE, Amalie geht mit ´nem Gummikavalier, 1962

Fittingly, In meiner Burg am Strande is also bathing-related. Originally written in1938 written by Ralf Maria Siegel, In meiner Burg was first  recorded by Oskar Joost Tanzorchester. The name of  Hamburg-based jazz musician and bandleader Günter Fulisch appears in the credits on both labels so I assume the Dixie-Kavaliere was one of his projects.

In my sand castle on the beach…

DIE DIXIE-KAVALIERE, In meiner Burg am Strande, 1962amalie

CORNEL-TRIO, Klingeling, 1949

Klingeling“Klingeling mit meinem Fahrrad/ fahr ich fröhlich durch die Welt./Einnmal linksherum, einmal rechtsherum/ Grade wie es mir gefällt.” A happy song about riding a bicycle, from a time when very few Berliners owned a car. The Cornel-Trio (Peter Cornehlsen – baritone, guitar, Michael Lengauer – bass-baritone and Horst “Dickie” Kraft- tenor, double bass) was one of many German groups that were influenced by US-Rhythm’n’Blues-vocal groups  of the late 40s. But while black vocal groups met on street corners, these guys met each other in the Wehrmacht in 1942, when they were still teenagers, and then went all the way through the war, captivity and release together.

Originally recorded for Amiga, and backed by the Bruno-Klennert Quartett, this 78 rpm record was also released on its West-German subsidiary label Regina. The Cornel-Trio was a pretty productive group in their time, but of all the dozens of sides they recorded, so far only 13 songs have made it into the digital age through the retrospective CD Peter Cornehlsen & das Cornel Trio in 2008.

Written by Edgar Kausch and cartoonist Hans Bradtke, this Radfahrswing has never been re-issued in any format since 1949.

Klingeling mit meinem Fahrrad…


CORNEL-TRIO, Klingeling, 1949


JAZZ MEETING mit den Spree City Stompers, 1958

O-4167-frontO-4167-backO-4167-1O-4167-2Those damned purple Opera sleeves! Why did the design have to be so persitently unimaginative? It could not have hurt to put a little illustration or a photo on the sleeve. No! A cheap product had to look cheap. But Opera didn´t purely release cheap cover songs, they also put out quality records by established artists like Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and a new generation of German jazz groups like the Albert Mangelsdorff Septett,Helmut Brandt Combo and the Spree City Stompers.

Trombonist Hans-Wolf “Hawe” Schneider (1930 – 2011) formed the Spree City Stompers, who  became one of the most popular German trad jazz bands, in 1951. Two years later he also opened the legendary “Eierschale”, along with “Badewanne”, the best German Jazz clubs. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Kid Ory appeared at “The Eggshell”. A website dedicated to the cellar pub is here.

The Spree City Stompers first recorded with Brunswick in 1955, then got picked up by the German Vogue label. They also cut a 10″ album “Jazz aus der Eierschale”, together with “Wild” Bill Davison for the budget Bertelsmann/Manhattan label. They toured Western Europe, Poland, Yugoslavia and Africa, appeared in films and on TV and hit the German charts twice in 1961 with “Warte, warte nur ein Weilchen”, a black humored song that dealt with the 1920´s serial killer Fritz Haarmann, and “Brigitte Bardot”. The band dissolved in 1968, when Hawe Schneider moved to the Black Forest region. He stayed active in the jazz scene, his last performance being with the Black Forest Jazz Band in 2007.

After their Brunswick recordings and before their Vogue deal, the Spree City Stompers recorded this EP for Opera in 1958. It has never been re-released in any format.

Hot Jazz from Berlin!


SPREE CITY STOMPERS, Old Stack O´Lee Blues, 1958

SPREE CITY STOMPERS, Ain´t Misbehavin´ , 1958

SPREE CITY STOMPERS, St. Louis Blues, 1958


The Spree City Stompers were: Hawe Schneider (tb), Peter Strohkorb (cl), Gerd Vohwinkel (tp), Björn Jensen (bj), Martin Piepkorn (p), Tilo Wendell (bs and sousaphon) and Udo Künitz (d).

Within a short time they appeared in seven Films: Der Himmel ist nie ausverkauft (1955),  Der Schräge Otto (1957),  Einmal eine große Dame sein (1957),  Liebe, Jazz und Übermut (1957), Meine 99 Bräute (1958),  … und noch frech dazu (1960) and Verrückt und zugenäht (1962)

In 1957, the Spree City Stompers also show up in the awesome kitsch-masterpiece Der schräge Otto (Fritz Schulz-Reichel, alias Crazy Otto), backing Nana Gualdi and Eddie Pauly and a bunch of Boogie Woogie dancers:

This footage of the Spree City Stompers in Berlin, was shot to promote their extensive tour of Africa in 1966. The silent Super 8 film was dubbed and uploaded by the son of the group´s drummer Lothar Scharf:


Hawe Scheider also wrote for Jazz magazines, such as the local “Schlagzeug” (drums). From February 1959:




OUTSIDE TURN – Berlin Swing Radio Show #33

Outside-Turn-No.33-recordsLast week, Jörg and I did another one of our monthly OUTSIDE TURN radio shows on Pi-Radio. We played our usual mix of swingin´ jazz tunes and talked about the current swing dancing scene.


OUTSIDE TURN - Berlin Swing Radio Show, 28. 01. 2015 by Andreas Michalke on Mixcloud


1. BOURBON SKIFFLE COMPANY & HOT PEPPER ORCHESTRA, Ei Else (I Can´t Give You Anything But Love), 1975
3. STUFF SMITH, Ain´t She Sweet, 1966
4. ELLA FITZGERALD, These Boots Are Made For Walkin´, 1966
5. KITTY,DAISY & LEWIS, It Ain´t Your Business, 2015
6. FLOYD DIXON & HIS BAND, Hey Bartender, 1954
7. TEVLIN SWING, When I Get Low I Get High, 2013
8. B.K. ANDERSON, The Minimum Wage, 1962
9. DINAMIT DUO, Honeybear Swing, 2015
11. BILLIE HOLIDAY, Any Old Time, 1934
12. UDO JÜRGENS, Swing Am Abend, 1959
13. GEORGIA WASHBOARD STOMPERS, Chasing Shadows, 1935
14. LOUIS ARMSTRONG, I´m A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas), 1930
15. McKINNEY´S COTTON PICKERS, If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight, 1930
16. MUGSY SPANIER, (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue, 1939
17. MANFRED KRUG & USCHI BRÜNING, Wenn ich dich seh´, 2014
18. CARELESS CATS, No Love, 2015
19. JACK TEAGARDEN, Ever Lovin´ Baby, 1960
20. THE SWAN SILVERSTONES, End Of My Journey, 1959

SIDNEY BECHET, Spirit Holiday, 1958

EPL-1752-VOG-frontEPL-1752-VOG-backEPL-1750-VOGEPL-1751-VOGSidney Bechet recorded these four Christmas songs on December 10 and 12, 1958, accompanied by Jean-Claude Pelletier, organ, Claude Gousset, trombone, Alix Bret, bass and Kansas Fields on drums. Less than six month later, Sidney Bechet died in Paris from lung cancer on May 14, 1959, on his 62nd birthday.

While these Holiday tunes might not be considered cream of the crop by some jazz fans, Sidney Bechet did not record a bad song in his lifetime. He even pulled off a spirited version of White Christmas….

SIDNEY BECHET, Spirit Holiday, 1958

SIDNEY BECHET, Blues du Papa Noel, 1958

SIDNEY BECHET, Silent Night, 1958

SIDNEY BECHET, White Christmas, 1958




hallo-1021-b-liebestraumhallo-1021-a-angel-of-loveAround 1960, the Hallo label out of  Rastatt/ Baden-Württemberg, released around four dozen flexi discs, often containing original tunes, to go with their Hallo magazine, a rock´n´roll knock-off of Bravo. I haven´t posted any Hallo flexis, because a book about Hallo and a CD, was soon to be released. That was years ago, but so far, no book. If the book and the CD finally come out,  I´ll be happy to buy a copy. Meanwhile, this Hallo flexi is fine blog material: 50 plus years old, defunct label, unknown artists, not available in digital format elsewhere.

Franz von Suppé´s Liebestraum was turned into a Twist hit in 1961 by Charly Cotton and his Twistmakers, a band led by prolific songwriter Christian Bruhn. I´ve posted a bunch of versions of Der Liebestraum als Twist over the years, by Jimmy Brown (Tempo), Bert Landers (Tip) and Bob Gerry (Baccarola and the Gary Edwards Combo (Oriole). This Accordeon-Jazz-version,  typical of the 1950s trend of Jazz-takes on Classical music, predates Charly Cotton´s.

The condition of this flexible record seems to be the result of a familiar scene. Flexis were cheap products for teenagers, teenagers that lived in the same rooms with their little brothers and sisters. Like I did with my little brother until I was 13 years old. Frequently we would get in fights. I´m sorry to admit it, but my brother always lost.


In revenge, he would take his crayons and draw all over my stuff…


Angel of Love was first recorded by Charlie Gracie for Coral in 1959. Teddy Palmer, recorded a German version for Electrola the same year, in the rrrrrock´n´rrrrrollin´Peter-Kraus-style.








Shalom-4C-1Shalom-4C-2Shalom-4C-3Shalom-4C-47-F-65052-A7-F-65052-BThis is an EP that I found last week in the 50 cents bins of a local second hand record store. Didn´t even listen to it in the store, but was expecting some boring Christian music from the subtitle “Worte Jesu im Chanson“. What a surprise, when I put the needle on the record!  Of course, if I had read the liner notes more carefully, the name Peter Herbolzheimer would have rang a bell. No idea why such a highly acclaimed jazz musician contributed to a record that was meant to help “The advancement of the clerical professions”. In 1972, Herbolzheimer, together with Jerry van Rooyen and Dieter Reith, won the highest German medal of honour, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, for the opening score of the Olympic Games in Munich. Incidentally the three of them teamed up again for this record. Herbolzheimer died aged 74 in his hometown of Cologne on 27 March 2010

Despite the big names, these songs have never been re-released, obviously because they´re suffering from a severe case of Flandersitis.

But listen to the funk!




DER OVERBACHER JUGENDCHOR, Effatha, 1973Shalom-1Shalom-2Shalom-3Shalom-4Shalom-5Shalom-6shalomeine-kleine-bittewerbeantwortshalom-logo




DRSG-frontDRSG-C2DRSG-C3DRSG-backDRSG-40206-ADRSG-40207-BThis 45 is fitting easily  into the concept of this blog. It´s a privately pressed EP, that has never been reissued in 40 years, of four jazz tunes, recorded live at a furniture store in 1973, on the occasion of a design-exhibition.

The fact that this 45 is a promotional item makes it seem musically inferior to a proper jazz release, but it´s far from that. Band leader and pianist Hans-Jürgen “Specht” Bock  (1939-2006), bassist Klaus Schulze and drummer Slick Salzer were already seasoned jazzmen when they recorded these songs. Everything is excellent here, even down to the graphics, credited on the front to a certain hace. I especially dig the label design that doesn´t imply “furniture store”.

The Ragtime Specht Groove recorded five albums. For this EP they cover Jelly Roll Morton´s “Grandpa Spells”, Tom Delaney´s “Absent Minded Blues”, first recorded by the Dutch Swing College Band, and “Numbers Boogie” recorded by Sugar Chile Robinson. My favorite of this batch is Ragtime Specht Groove´s own original tune “Gisa”. I especially love the part when they go to a minor scale in the middle of the song and the bassist changes from playing with the fingers to a bow, Jimmy Blanton-style. And then suddenly they pick up the tempo again!

These Stuttgart cats sure were groovin´…



DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Absent Minded Blues, 1973




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