Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:21 pm
Before this, at the height of WWII, swing and big band music were so popular and had such a broad cultural effect, that Hitler commissioned his own Nazi swing band, put together by Joseph Goebbels. Called Charlie and his Orchestra, this huge propaganda-led enterprise came to fruition because the German public had latched on to armed forces radio and were enchanted by the sounds of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Glen Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Ellington and Frank Sinatra. Naturally, the Fuhrer disapproved, and wanted to cull the attraction of dangerous and decadent western music. And, in the process, counter what the German people listed to for escapism, with music that threatened the allied morale via Charlie and his Orchestra, Lord Haw Haw and lyrical jibes at Churchill and Roosevelt. It didn't work, of course, and rewrites of what would become classics in the Great American song book were laughed at, as opposed to creating the desired effect. Cole Porter's You're the Top, for example, became: "You're the top, you're a German flyer. You're the top, you're machine gun fire . . . " Joe Bushkin/John De Vries' There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin it was not. And, despite what the Nazis invested in this venture, after the war, swing, jazz and the big band sound remained popular under allied occupation. But the real stuff!
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:23 pm
Like those, yes. There's also footage on YouTube, I believe. But, hopefully, anyone buying those CDs isn't doing so for entertainment purposes. Historically, this is a lesser-known and interesting part of Hitler's Third Reich. But that's all.
Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:35 pm
Here it is.
If it was not for that the performer is singin in german it could have been mistaken for an american artist.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd0_21y-wjs