WERNER HASS, Heut´ spielt der Willi, 1956

In the late 4os and early 50s the Amiga label released countless great swing records but by 1953 the label was state-owned. That´s why only a handful of rock´n´roll songs were recorded for the Amiga label in the 1950s – this is one of them. Werner Hass managed to record cool German versions of Shake Rattle And Roll (Simsalabim) and See You Later Alligator (Mr. Patton aus Manhattan) but eventually his rockin´proved too much for the commies. In 1959 he was banned from performing and left Eastern Germany. Werner Hass continued to record in Western Germany into the 70s.

Backed by swinging Kurt Henkels and the Rundfunk Tanzorchester Leipzig:

WERNER HASS, Heut´ spielt der Willi, 1956

Some wild swing dance aerials from a British “Men Only” magazine from 1952.