Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt / Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)


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From Wikipedia:

Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It) is the English language name [sic] for a 1930 German song composed by Frederick Hollander as Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt (literally: “Head to toe, I’m ready for love”). The song was originally performed in the film Der blaue Engel (English translation: The Blue Angel) by Marlene Dietrich, who also recorded the most famous English version, which became her anthem. Dietrich is backed by the Friedrich Hollaender Orchestra.

From the Wikipedia page on The Blue Angel:

The film was shot simultaneously in German- and English-language versions, although the latter version was thought lost for many years. The German version is considered to be “obviously superior”;[3] it is longer and not marred by actors struggling with their English pronunciation.[4]

Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt

Marlene Dietrich

Der blaue Engel (1930)


(below) 1930 recording


Selected covers of “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt”

Karkoff-Orchester mit deutschem Refraingesang – 1930, Waltz


Saxophon-Orchester Dobbri — recorded in February 1930; issued on the single Beka (rot) B.6962, b/w “Nimm dich in acht vor blonden Frau’n”

recording presently unavailable


Sam Baskini and Orchestra with vocal by Gretl Finkler — date unknown


Virginia Koch  uploaded by on 13 April 2011


Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It) — with English lyric by Sammy Lerner

Marlene Dietrich

In The Blue Angel (1930)


(below) reprise


recorded on 6 February 1930, and issued 30 January 1931 on the single Victor 22593, b/w “Naughty Lola”


The Brox Sisters in the short film Hollywood on Parade (1932), pay tribute to Marlene Dietrich’s original in Der Blaue Engel.


Billie Holiday and her Orchestra — recorded on 29 Feb 1940 in New York — Roy Eldridge (tp) Jimmy Powell, Carl Frye (as) Kermit Scott (ts) Sonny White (p) Lawrence Lucie(g) John Williams (b) Harold ‘Doc’ West (d) Billie Holiday (v)


Doris Day — 1962


Klaus Nomi — from Nomi’s second album, Simple Man, released in 1982

official music video


Christina Aguilera — recorded for the soundtrack of the film The Spirit (2008)



“Från topp till tå” — Swedish lyric version

Zarah Leander — 1930, Odeon

In 1930, Zarah Leander was the star of the musical revue “Stockholm blir Stockholm” in which she sang a Swedish version of the song “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt” titled “Från topp till tå.” In the same year the following recording by Leander was released on the Odeon label.


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