ALABAMA SONG

Latest update on 03/06/2019

Artist: Lotte Lenya & Irene Eden
Author: Bert Brecht/Kurt Weill
Label: Ultraphon
Year: 1927

At the Baden Baden Festival in Das Songspiel Mahagonny as Jessie and Bessie respectively. Das Songspiel Mahagonny's success inspired the authors to expand the formula, recycling the songs in full opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1930). Lotte Lenya was coauthor Kurt Weill's widow. Her first recording was with the Theo Mackeben Jazz Orchestra in February 1930 for Ultraphon; the following month recut for Homocord.

Covers:

1928:

Marek Weber Orch. [instrumental for Electrola]

1930:

Mali Tummer [the Jenny in the musical's 'Uraufführung']

1957:

Cathérine Sauvage [translated by Boris Vian]

1967:

Doors

1969:

Primitives Group [pre Plastic People Of The Universe]

1977:

Johan Verminnen

1977:

Bette Midler

1980:

David Bowie

1984:

Artery

1986:

Dagmar Krause [in film Supply And Demand]

1986:

Nina Hagen

1991:

Young Gods

1992:

Ute Lemper

1994:

David Johansen

1996:

Marianne Faithfull

2002:

Dee Dee Bridgewater [incorporating a piece of Blues March (Art Blakey)]

2012:

Sven Ratzke & Claron McFadden

This song had English lyrics since day one (by Elisabeth Hauptmann), with a few translated lines in German. They were first published in Bert Brecht's Hauspostille (1927). Elisabeth should share credits.

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