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Thread #116602   Message #2567696
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
15-Feb-09 - 02:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lili Marleen
Subject: RE: Origins: Lili Marleen
Each vocalist has their own touch; I dislike attempts to name the one, true interpretation.

I have recordings of the song by Dietrich, Andersen, Fritsch, Lynn, and Suzy Solidor, and I think one by Lemper. There may even be an old Hildegard in the basement.

Lale Andersen's recordings are the ones I perhaps prefer (not all identical!), but I usually play Solidor's afterwards. Vera Lynn sings it as many British and Americans knew it. And then there are Fritsch and Dietrich- Dietrich was heard often in America, but Andersen's was known mostly in Europe before the war's end. Andersen also recorded as "Wie einst, Lili Marlene."

Perhaps this is why I revert to Leip's original poem, to which I can add my bathroom vocal and my own interpretation of the day.