“Where Is This Lady”
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra; Pat O’Malley, vocal
1932 (Decca F 3224 mx GB 5017)
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra – Where Is This Lady]
“Tell Me Tonight”
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra; George Barker, vocal
1932 (Decca F 3224 mx GB 5024)
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra – Tell Me Tonight]
I am very fond of German pop music from the Weimar era – and even from the dark period that followed. Recently I have acquired a number of British recordings of German pop songs with English lyrics and will feature some of them in the weeks ahead.
“Where Is This Lady” was originally performed as “Es gibt noch Märchen” by Marta Eggerth in the 1932 German film Es war einmal ein Walzer which featured a soundtrack by the famous operetta composer Franz Lehár. A British version of the film was released also in 1932 under the title Where Is This Lady in which Marta Eggerth also starred.
Here (sorry, no embedding is allowed on this clip) is a YouTube clip featuring Marta Eggerth singing the German version of the song (the video shown is from a different Eggerth film and not Es war einmal ein Walzer)
As of this writing Marta Eggerth is still alive at age 99. Here is a remarkable video of her performing at age 82
And in this clip you can hear her perform at age 90!
On the flip side of the Jack Hylton record is “Tell Me Tonight” a song which was first performed as “Heute Nacht oder nie!” in the 1932 German film Das Lied einer Nacht The film’s music was by Mischa Spilianski. A British version of the film was made under the title of Tell Me Tonight (it was also known as Be Mine Tonight). Staring in both the British and German films was Jan Kiepura, a famous Polish tenor who, in 1936, married Marta Eggerth. Below is a YouTube clip of Kipura performing the song in German
In recent years the song has enjoyed a nice revival by Max Raabe as heard below in this promotional video for the Palast Orchester