Sunday, August 06, 2006

Marlene Dietrich

An LP I found this morning at the boot sale at Chelford for 50p. It says it was recorded live in Rio at the Cococabana Palace but it sounds like the applause was added afterwards to me. Released in 1965 on the Realm (CBS) label. "Musical Supervision by Burt Bacharach".

"The most exotic actress of the 1930s and '40s, Marlene Dietrich performed her cabaret act around the world and recorded for Decca, Columbia and Capitol in the post-war period, after her film career had slowed. A thick German accent and her odd sung-spoken vocal style proved no barrier to international popular success and adoration. Born near Berlin in 1901, she began studying acting as a teenager, and auditioned with director Max Reinhardt several times before entering his drama school. She worked in the German theater and film world during the 1920s, gradually assuming star status until her international breakout at the end of the decade, when she appeared in The Blue Angel, directed by American Josef von Sternberg.

The film's success led directly to Hollywood, where she became one of the major female stars of the 1930s, in such films as Song of Songs, The Scarlet Empress, Knight Without Armour and Destry Rides Again. Because of her German heritage, the newly American citizen made a large mark in the war effort, performing the favorite "Lilli Marlene" on USO tours and recording anti-Nazi propaganda in German. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom and Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor after war's end. She had recorded music in Germany as early as the late '20s, but Dietrich returned again to the vocal industry in the '50s, first with Decca and then a long-standing contract with Columbia. The label released many live albums, preserving her wild cabaret act from various European capitals (several of them recorded with a young Burt Bacharach serving as musical director)."

Discover more about Marlene at her official website HERE.

Marlene Dietrich - Look Me Over Closely

Marlene Dietrich - You're The Cream In My Coffee

Marlene Dietrich - My Blue heaven

Marlene Dietrich - The Boys In The Backroom

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