One more from my postcard record collection. Pictured is the Kurfürstendamm in the 50s, Berlin`s main street for shopping until the fall of the wall. The song “Heimweh nach dem Kurfürstendamm”(“I`m feeling homesick for the Kurfürstendamm”) was made famous by Hildegard Knef. It is still one of the most well known Berlin tribute songs.
I`ve got the Ku`damm in my room…
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.
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