Music popular in the Third Reich

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Post by ipirgon » 18 Jun 2007 19:57

Hi

l am looking for german music which were popular.the dans music and party music are looked for.Also dinner music.however not military march.Thank you very much...


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Post by Ianh » 15 Jul 2007 13:19

Hi Folks,
What I would like is some links to MP3 files of popular, folk, female, love songs, Weinachts etc music from this interesting period. Hope you all can be helpfull, thanks in advance, Ian

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Post by Stephanie625 » 29 Jun 2014 23:25

Watching "Generation War" (Our Mothers, Our Fathers), I greatly enjoyed the character Greta's song Meine Kleine Herz. I know Lili Marleen was a popular song of the time, so much that it couldn't be banned/or even if it was.

Do you all have any favorite songs from this time period, not marching music, but radio hits? Google searches tend to bring up only popular Allied music.

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Post by Wim » 30 Jun 2014 19:22

Heimat deine sterne - Wilhelm Striez

is not bad.
Any information about Flemisch in German service (Waffen SS, OT, NSKK, Kriegsmarine, DRK, ...) during WWII is welcome.

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Post by wenty » 01 Jul 2014 05:05

As a side note, how much influence did the Nazi propaganda machine have over what music and/or other entertainment was broadcast on the radio? I imagine it would have been considerable.

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Adam.

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Post by Stephanie625 » 05 Jul 2014 19:43

Adam...

Nazi ideology had great effect on music. As I am sure you know, swing music was banned. Also banned were works of Jewish and I *believe* Russians(?). There were many wonderful and talented Jewish composers and musicians who were put out of the business. Josef Goebbles took an active interest in shaping *positive* cabaret shows. But interestingly, when he tried to ban "Lili Marleen" because it was *bad for morale*, he had to backpedal. General Rommel enjoyed the song, and requested it be played on the radio broadcast for his Afrika Corps. This is where British soldiers heard it, and many of them could speak German. They enjoyed the song, which had a message that transcended borders, and began to sing it. A British writer criticized them for singing in German, and so they said, "That's because no one has given us English lyrics to sing!" Thus, the English version was born.

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Post by wenty » 06 Jul 2014 01:21

Hi Stephanie,

Very interesting, thanks for that!
I thought the Nazi propaganda system would have had a huge say in it......I wonder whether they ever returned the "Lili Marleen" favour by playing a bit of Vera Lynn or something on their radios.... ;)

Lord Haw Haw would not have been impressed.

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Post by Stephanie625 » 06 Jul 2014 03:12

I thought you might find the following interesting: http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/ARTS/musDegen.htm

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Post by Stephanie625 » 06 Jul 2014 03:18

What I'm looking for, if you come across anything, is music that young German people might have danced or fallen in love to. It's for a book I am writing about a young German man (19 years old in 1941) who fights both in the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS, and it is a drama... so melancholy music is needed. I include songs in my writing, both by mentioning them directly (character is listening to the radio, or out dancing), and by listening myself while writing for inspiration.

I've found a lot of German music of the time that is upbeat, and I need something softer and more introspective.

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Post by GregSingh » 06 Jul 2014 05:46

There were hundreds of songs....Most of them you can already find in this section of the Forum.
Herms Niel's songs were extremely popular and not all were strict military - eg. Antje, mein blondes Kind is a waltz.

Several Italian songs became popular in Germany - eg. La Piccinina



Here you have some titles, most of them available on YouTube....

Zarah Leander - Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein
Zarah Leander - Davon geht die Welt nicht unter
Zarah Leander - Ich weiß, es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehen
Rudi Schuricke - O Mia Bella Napoli
Peter Igelhoff - Der Onkel Doktor hat fesagt
Die Goldene Sieben - Oh Aha!
Michael Jary Tanzorchester mit Rudi Schuricke - J'attendrai (Komm zurück)
Lilian Harvey - Guten Tag, Liebes Glück
Lale Andersen - Lied eines jungen Wachtposten (Lili Marleen)
Lale Andersen - Es geht alles vorüber, es geht alles vorbei
Hans Albers - Goodbye, Johnny
Marika Rökk & Johannes Heesters - Musik, Musik, Musik
Marika Rökk - In der Nacht ist der Mensch nicht gern alleine
Wilhelm Strienz - Abends in der Taverne
Heinz Rühmann - Das kann doch einen Seemann nicht erschüttern
Heinz Rühmann & Hertha Feiler - Mir geht's gut
Heinz Müller Orchester - So schön wie heut'
Hans Moser - Die Reblaus
Ilse Werner - So wird's nie wieder sein
Franz Grothe - Wenn ein junger Mann kommt
Peter Igelhoff - Ich bin ganz verschossen in Deine Sommersprossen
Kirsten Heiberg - Liebespremiere
Gerda Schönfelder - Ganz leis' erklingt Musik
Evelyn Künnecke - Das Karussell
Herbert Ernst Groh - Frauenaugen
Magda Hain - Möwe, Du fliegst in die Heimat

In Lamberts Nachtlokal, 1939
München-Wien, 1939
Ich brauche keine Millionen, 1939
Warum ist ein Kuss, 1939
La Piccinina, 1940
Gute Nacht, Mutter, 1940
Sing ein Lied, wenn Du mal traurig bist, 1941
Sing, Nachtigall, sing, 1941
Mama, - deutscher Text von Bruno Balz, 1941
So schön wie heut, so müsst es bleiben, 1941
Tapfere kleine Soldatenfrau, 1941
Wenn unser Berlin auch verdunkelt ist, 1942
Wenn die Lichter wieder scheinen, 1942
Ich hab’ Dich und Du hast mich, 1942
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Post by Stephanie625 » 07 Jul 2014 02:01

Greg! You're great. Thanks so much. It seems my night's work is clear...

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Post by wenty » 08 Jul 2014 09:23

Yes, nice work Greg. There's a song in there with an English title? "Goodbye, Johnny" by Hans Albers? Sticks out like a sore thumb....

Cheers,
Adam.

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Post by chewy888 » 17 Sep 2014 06:10

Hans Albers' songs were popular during his days, and so were his movies. He sang a lot on Grosse Freiheit No. 5, if I am not mistaken. Some of the "pop music" stars in the era were Rudi Schuricke, Oskar Joost, Michael Jary, Rudi Godden, Elle Mayerhofer, Ilse Werner (also a movie star), the Goldene Sieben, to name some of them. Of course there's Zarah Leander but I find here voice coarse.

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Post by josephrohdes221 » 19 Sep 2014 08:57

Nice information about historical period of Nazi's of germany and their impact on music. GREAT...!

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Post by JustinYT » 12 Oct 2014 08:53

I've always liked Marlene Dietrichs Wenn die Soldaten, but who doesnt love Marlene Dietrich. Yea the Nazi's suppressed a lot of music except on the U-Boats whose commanders were known to play music that was banned

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