The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #83904 Message #1545686
Posted By: Abby Sale
19-Aug-05 - 10:57 AM
Thread Name: happy? - Aug 18 (Vor der Kaserne)
Subject: RE: happy? - Aug 18 (Vor der Kaserne)
:) Thanks, again. The tune was written in 1938. Nobody thought the song was any good so it just sat around. Eventually, Lale Andersen, (a very interesting person) cut a record which sold all of 200 copies. Then some German army radio DJ played it for the Afrika Korp and it became the world's most-sung song 5 minutes later. See http://ingeb.org/garb/lmarleen.html for several versions, including the Approved martial ones.