zaterdag 1 september 2012
Cosmopoliet / Ole Guapa (1936)
Read "The Originals" about this song
Although Malando (=Arie Maasland) already had written "Olé Guapa" in 1936, and first performed it in 1936, as a member of the Jumping Jacks, in Dancing Cosmopoliet in Rotterdam, it was first recorded early 1938 by Corny Ostermann.
(o) CORNY OSTERMANN mit seinem Tanz-Orchester 1938
Recorded early 1938
Matrix: K-Ho 26497
Aufnahmejahr Beka, Electrola, Telefunken etc. - Grammophon und Schellackplatten Portal 78rpm
Labelliste von „Kristall“, D (1931-1942). Labelcode: 0032.
Released on Kristall 3726
Same recording on Imperial 17444 (released in 1941)
Matrix: K-C 26497
Listen to the ORIGINAL (?) version here:
(c) Oskar Joost (Tanz Orchester) (1938)
Recorded September 1938 in Berlin, Germany.
Matrix 7929 ½ GR .8.
Released on Polydor (#10966)
Oskar Joost BIO
The exact same recording was released on the Polydor-label (#2809A)
But on this release Oskar Joost used the pseudonym Fred Marley.
(c) Tango-Orkest Malando (1948)
Almost 10 years later the composer himself recorded "Olé Guapa"
Recorded in Hilversum, Holland on July 6,1948
It was released on the Decca-label (Decca 32362) Matrix AM 1427
Listen to Malando's 1948 authors-version HERE:
A foreign release of Malando's 1948 version on DECCA MN 20592
And a German release of Malando's 1948 version on PHILIPS PH 5072
Malando is the artist name of Arie Maasland (1908 - 1980) a drummer and accordion-player from Rotterdam, Holland, who became once and for all enchanted by the Argentinian tango after seeing Eduardo Bianco perform in 1935.
In 1936, when Arie Maasland showed his fourth tango composition to his friends of the Jumping Jacks orchestra, in which Arie was drummer, pianist and accordion player, they were very enthusiastic.
"You have to publish that" they advised him. With the tango "Cosmopolitan" Arie went to a publisher (Muziek Smith in Den Haag), who wasn't interested. Publishing was expensive and there were so many tangos.
Arie then suggested to pay half of the cost of publishing of the tango. That was 60 guilders, still a tidy sum in those days (1936).
Arie had written "Cosmopoliet" as a gesture to the operator of the dancing in Rotterdam, named "Cosmopoliet", where the Jumping Jacks where performing regularly.
BELOW: a picture of the Cosmopoliet aan de Schiedamsedijk in Rotterdam.
Click on the picture to be able to zoom in.
In 1937 Muziek Smith publishes the song under the more Spanish sounding name "Olé Guapa".
Arie also changes his stage name: Arie Maasland becomes Malando.
In a short time this tango conquered the world. The sheet music for "Olé Guapa" is distributed worldwide by 16 different music publishers.
Here are some more recordings:
(c) Eugen Wolff (1940)
Recorded May 1940
Matrix# : BE 12647
Released on Columbia S-90
Also released on Parlophone B 70334
And also released on Odeon O-31623
(c) Hans Busch Tanz-Orchester 1942
Polydor 47624 A
Listen to a sample here:
(c) Willy Derby (1942)
Dutch artist Willy Derby recorded a vocal version of "Olé Guapa" (sometimes titled "Dans een Tango" or "Tango voor twee") (with words by Jacques van Tol)
Recorded in 1941 on the green Polydor label
Matrix # GTB- CAH 334.
It was released in 1942 on the Polydor-label (#49723)
(c) Adalbert Lutter Und Sein Großes Tanzstreichorchester 1949
Odeon OBL 1065 (Vinyl Single)
Matrix: 7XBE 152-1
(c) Alfred Hause 1950
Polydor 48406 A
Matrix 2011 DH
Another German release of the author Malando
Philips P 15403 H (AA 34116)
MALANDO und sein Tango-Orchester
Olé Guapa (Tango) (Malando)
And another Dutch release of the author.
Philips P 17206 H (AA 34334)
MALANDO and his Orchestra.
Olé Guapa (Tango) (Malando)
(c) Jumping Jewels (1961)
"Theme From Exodus" b/w "Olé Guapa"
Released June 1961 on PHILIPS PF 318.582
Or listen here:
And here's Andre Rieu live in his hometown of Maastricht.