Bei Mir Bistu Shein / Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Schoen): selected early recordings, part 2 (1938)

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See also part one:

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selected 1938 recordings:

  • Al Bowlly with an unidentified studio orchestra — recorded on Tuesday, 4 January 1938; issued on HMV BD-493 (UK), and HMV EA-2087 (Australia)
  • Milt Herth Trio — recorded on Friday, 7 January 1938; issued on Decca (US) 1612, b/w “The Big Dipper”
  • Greta Keller – recorded on Wednesday, 12 January 1938 in London; issued on (UK) Decca F. 6603
  • Adrian Rollini Quintet, vocal: Sonny Schuyler – recorded on Tuesday, 18 January 1938; issued on Decca (US) 1638, c/w “Bill”
  • Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, vocal: George Melachrino — recorded on Sunday, 23 January 1938; issued on Columbia (UK) FB1885, and Columbia (France) DF 2328, and Columbia (Romania) DR 2008
  • Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and the Monseigneur Band — aircheck or broadcast transcription recorded on Wednesday, 2 February 1938, according to the Al Bowlly Discography at memorylane.org
  • Nilo Menendez and his Orchestra — recorded on Monday, 7 February 1938; issued on Decca (US) 1688, c/w “Bruca Manigua”
  • Jack Harris and his Orchestra — issued in February 1938 on HMV B.D.5331, b/w “Once in a While” (HMV BD5000+ discography, pdf) [recording not yet found as of 5 January 2016]
  • Billy Cotton and His Band — issued as Rex (UK) 9231-A, b/w “Linger Longer Island,” according to a search of the Rex catalog at 78rpm Record Search; it’s not clear whether “Mar 1938” indicates the recording date, or the date the single was issued
  • Ady (Eddie) Rosner et son Orchestre, refrain chanté par le Trio Vocal — recorded at la Salle Pleyel, Paris in April 1938, according to the video provider; issued on Columbia (France) DF 2355
  • Judy Garland — recorded on Tuesday, 21 June 1938 for the film Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), but cut prior to filming; includes special lyrics (lyricist unknown)
  • Cora Green with Leon Gross and his Orchestra (credited as “Leon Gross’ Orchestra”) — in the 1938 film Swing!
  • Harry Roy & his Orchestra — Odeon (UK) OF 5613, 1938(?)
  • Henry Jacques & his Correct Tempo Dance Orchestra — issued in 1938 on HMV B.D. 5336 (HMV BD5000+ discography, pdf)
  • Léo Marjane accompagnée par Wal-berg et son Orchestre — recorded on Thursday, 5 May at Studio Pathe – 79 avenue de la Grande Armee, XVIIe arr. Paris; issued in 1938 on Disque Gramophone ‎K-8113 as the B-side of “Je vous ai souri”
  • Jean Peyronnin, A. Tedeschi et leur célèbre Orchestre Musette; refrain chanté par Jan Lambert — recorded in Paris, May 1938; issued on Idéal n° 13.597
  • Tomas & ses Merry Boys — recorded in Paris in 1938; issued on Odeon (France) 279.441, matrix# KI 8515
  • Irmgaard Österwall med Orkester — Swedish lyric version recorded on Tuesday, 12 April 1938; issued as Scala 147a, b/w “Vieni… vieni…”
  • Zarah Leander med Einar Groth’s Orkester — Swedish lyric version recorded on Thursday, 21 April 1938; issued in 1938 on Odeon (Sweden) D 2967 (matrix SA 255 956), b/w “Budapest” — Swedish lyric by Tage Tall
  • Sten Aller (Lasse Dahlquist) with Cameo-Orkestern — Swedish lyric version recorded in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, 3 October 1938
  • Orkiestra “Syrena Record”, directed by Henryk Wars, vocal: Mieczysław Fogg; issued in 1938; this is a Polish lyric version titled “Ty masz dla mnie coś,” with words by Andrzej Włast
  • Rita Drangsholt — According to the video provider, this Norwegian lyric version was recorded in 1938 or ’39 and issued on Rex Records, a UK-based company

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Bei Mir Bistu Shein (Yiddish: בייַ מיר ביסט דו שיין, “To Me You’re Beautiful”) is a popular Yiddish song composed by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a Yiddish musical, I Would If I Could (in Yiddish, Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, “[Y]ou could live, but they won’t let you”) in 1932 that closed after one season. The score for the song transcribed the Yiddish title as Bay mir bistu sheyn.[1] — from the Wikipedia article, adapted

1938 recordings

Al Bowlly

Al Bowlly — The recording in the two videos which follow is identified by lindyhoppers, the Youtube provider of the first, as the Tuesday, 4 January 1938 recording by Bowlly, made with an unknown studio orchestra and issued on HMV BD-493 (UK), and HMV EA-2087 (Australia). If that date is correct, then archive.org, which has two relatively poor copies of the same recording, may have misidentified the orchestra as Lew Stone and the Monseigneur Band, an orchestra with which Bowlly was evidently performing when an aircheck or broadcast transcription was recorded on 2 February 1938, according to the Al Bowlly Discography at memorylane.org.

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Milt Herth Trio — recorded on Friday, 7 January 1938; issued on Decca (US) 1612, b/w “The Big Dipper”

  • Milt Herth — organ
  • Willie “The Lion” Smith — piano
  • William “O’Neil” Spencer — drums (brushes only) and vocal

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Greta Keller – recorded on Wednesday, 12 January 1938 in London; issued on (UK) Decca F. 6603

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Adrian Rollini Quintet, vocal: Sonny Schuyler – recorded on Tuesday, 18 January 1938; issued on Decca (US) 1638, c/w “Bill”

personnel, according to the video provider:
Bobby Hackett – trumpet
Frank Victor – guitar
Harry Clark – string bass
Buddy Rich – drums
Adrian Rollini – vibraphone
Sonny Schuyler (aka Sunny Skylar) – vocal

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Carroll_Gibbons_31938 Bei Mir Bist du Schoen-Carroll Gibbons-Columbia (UK) FB 1885George Melachrino (1)-c1

Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, vocal: George Melachrino — recorded on Sunday, 23 January 1938 — issued on Columbia (UK) FB 1885, Columbia (France) DF 2328, and Columbia (Romania) DR 2008 — The flip side of the UK single, FB 1885, is “It’s a Long, Long, Way to Your Heart”

relevant discography, from 78 rpm Community Resources page:

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Nilo Menendez and his Orchestra — recorded on Monday, 7 February 1938; issued on Decca (US) 1688, c/w “Bruca Manigua”

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1938 Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen-Jack Harris and his Orchestra-HMV (UK) B.D.5321

Jack Harris and his Orchestra — issued in February 1938 on HMV B.D.5331, b/w “Once in a While” [recording not yet included as of 2 January 2016]

relevant discography, from 78 rpm community:

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Billy Cotton and His Band — issued as Rex (UK) 9231-A, b/w “Linger Longer Island,” according to a search of the Rex catalog at 78rpm Record Search; it’s not clear whether “Mar 1938” indicates the recording date, or the date the single was issued

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Ady Rosner (1)-80p

Ady (Eddie) Rosner et son Orchestre, refrain chanté par le Trio Vocal — recorded at la Salle Pleyel, Paris in April 1938, according to the video provider; issued on Columbia (France) DF 2355

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Judy Garland — recorded on 21 June 1938 for the film Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), but cut prior to filming; includes special lyrics (lyricist unknown) — I was informed of this recording by Kevin D. F. Highnight, in a comment dated Mar 31, 2014 @ 18:40:44.

From the Internet Archives (archive.org):

VBR MP3 2.6 MB

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Ogg Vorbis, 1.7 MB

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Cora Green with Leon Gross and his Orchestra (credited as “Leon Gross’ Orchestra”) — in the 1938 film Swing!

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Harry Roy and his band, Alcantara April 1938

Harry Roy & his Orchestra — Odeon (UK) OF 5613, 1938(?) — I think the vocal is by Harry Roy

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Henry Jacques & his Correct Tempo Dance Orchestra — issued in 1938 on HMV B.D. 5336

relevant discography, from 78 rpm community:

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French lyric versions

Léo Marjane accompagnée par Wal-berg et son Orchestre — recorded on 5 May at Studio Pathe – 79 avenue de la Grande Armee, XVIIe arr. Paris; issued in 1938 on Disque Gramophone ‎K-8113 as the B-side of “Je vous ai souri”

personnel, adapted from the list given by provider of the first video below:

Leo Marjane (vo), Alex Renard (tp), Stéphane Grappelli (v), Michael Warlop (v), Wal-Berg or Pierre Spiers (p), Django Reinhardt (g), Roger Grasset (b), Jerry Mando (dm), plus other musicians

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Jean Peyronnin, A. Tedeschi et leur célèbre Orchestre Musette; refrain chanté par Jan Lambert — recorded in Paris, May 1938; issued on Idéal n° 13.597 (A. Tedeschi = Antoine Tedeschi)

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1938 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön-Tomas & ses Merry Boys-Odeon (France0 279.441 (mx KI 8515)

Tomas & ses Merry Boys, vocal: Constantin — recorded in Paris in 1938; issued on Odeon (France) 279.441, matrix# KI 8515

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Swedish lyric

Irmgaard Österwall, Zarah Leander, and Sten Aller each recorded the song with a Swedish lyric, under the same title as in the recording by the Andrews Sisters, “Bei mir bist du schön.” However, unlike the Andrews sisters they each use German (or Swedish approximating German), rather than Yiddish, pronunciation of the word “schön,” within the title phrase.

Irmgaard Österwall med Orkester — Swedish lyric version recorded on Tuesday, 12 April 1938; issued as Scala 147a, b/w “Vieni… vieni…” — B-side recorded by Kvartetten synkopen with Arne Hülphers Orkester, on 20 April 1938

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1938 Bei mir bist du schön-Zarah Leander Odeon (Sweden) D 2967, matrix SA 255 956-(1a)

Zarah Leander med Einar Groth’s Orkester — Swedish lyric version recorded on 21 April 1938 on Odeon (Sweden) D 2967 (matrix SA 255 956), b/w “Budapest” — Swedish lyric by Tage Tall

Zarah Leander discography:

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Sten Aller (Lasse Dahlquist) with Cameo-Orkestern — Swedish lyric version recorded in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, 3 October 1938

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Polish lyric version “Ty masz dla mnie coś,” words by Andrzej Włast

tekst piosenki:

Mieczysław Fogg 1

Orkiestra “Syrena Record”, directed by Henryk Wars, vocal: Mieczysław Fogg — 1938

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Norwegian lyric version

Rita Drangsholt — According to the video provider, this version was recorded in 1938 or ’39 and issued on Rex Records, a UK-based company.

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* personnel, from the discography “Django Reinhardt: discographie commentée” at the site Médiathèque:

Léo Marjane (voix), Wal-Berg [Woldemar Rosenberg] (arrangements et direction), Alex Renard (trompette) + une trompette, trombone, trois ou quatre saxophones, Stéphane Grappelly, Michel Warlop + 1 tiers (violons), Wal-Berg ou Pierre Spiers (piano), Django Reinhardt (guitare), Roger “Toto” Grasset (contrebasse), Jerry Mengo (batterie)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Peter Williams
    Dec 18, 2015 @ 14:05:46

    I recall listening to a 78 recording of this song on the 1950’s at my home in the UK. But have never found the recording again. Maybe it is the one on Odeon. I would be interested to find out if the melody is not based on an original Folksong from Bohemia/Moravia, which Scholom Secunda may have adapted for this, as he was steeped in the tradition of that part of the world? It was said of him, in the information that I have read: ‘He turned simple folk melodies, into virtuoistic showcases’.
    Sincerely Peter

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    • doc
      Dec 18, 2015 @ 21:00:28

      Hi Peter,
      I’ve never read anything to suggest that the melody might have had folk origins, but of course I’d be interested to see any facts that might support the suggestion.
      Regards, doc

      Reply

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