dinsdag 27 juni 2017

Der Leiermann (1827) / (1928) / Le Joueur De Vielle (1906) / Шарманщикъ=Sharmanshchik (1910) / The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (2009)

In 2009 Sting recorded a song called "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" (NOT TO BE CONFUSED with the Donovan-song)
The song Sting covered was originally called "Der Leiermann", a song by Franz Schubert, which started life as a poem by Wilhelm Müller.
This poem was contained in Müller's 1824 book Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten (=Poems from the posthumous papers of a travelling horn-player), dedicated to the composer Carl Maria von Weber (godfather of Müller's son F. Max Müller), 'as a pledge of his friendship and admiration'. Weber had died in 1826.
"Der Leiermann" was poem #24 of the "Die Winterreise" part in Wilhelm Müller's book.
On the next link you can read the complete book:
"Der Leiermann" as part of "Die Winterreise" is on page 107


Müller, a poet, soldier, and Imperial Librarian at Dessau in Prussia (present-day east-central Germany), died in 1827 aged 33, and probably never heard the first setting of his poems by Schubert.

Schubert composed the "Die Winterreise" songcycle in two parts, each containing twelve songs, the first part in February 1827 and the second in October 1827. The two parts were also published separately, by Tobias Haslinger, the first on 14 January 1828, and the second (the proofs of which Schubert was still correcting days before his death on 19 November) on 30 December 1828 in a book titled: „Winterreise. Von Wilhelm Müller. In Musik gesetzt für eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des Pianoforte von Franz Schubert. 89tes Werk(=Winter Journey. By Wilhelm Müller. Set to music for a singing voice accompanied by the pianoforte by Franz Schubert. 89th work)  (Verlagsnummern (=Publishers number) 5101 bis 5124) (D 911 op. 89)
On 4 March 1827, Schubert had invited a group of friends to his lodgings intending to sing the first group of songs, but he was out when they arrived, and the event was postponed until later in the year, when the full performance was given.
"Der Leiermann" was most likely introduced by Schubert´s friend, the baritone singer Johann Michael Vogl, who introduced Schubert and his songs into many musical households great and small in their tours through Austria during the mid-1820s.
Schubert's last task in life was the correction of the proofs for part 2 of Winterreise, and his thoughts while correcting those of the last song, "Der Leiermann", when his last illness was only too evident, can only be imagined. However, he had heard the whole cycle performed by Vogl (which received an  enthusiastic reception).

Full texts of the songs with a good translation by Celia Sgroi can be downloaded in pdf format at


The first recording I could trace, is on a Pathe-cylinder (#042).
It was recorded in France between 1897-1900 by an anonymous performer.

SEE #6 on the next LINK: Search Results for 1897, Lehl

(c) Jeanne Marié de l'Isle (1906) (as "Le joueur de vielle (Das Leiermann)")
Recorded 1906 in Paris
Matrix 6110o
Released on Zonophone X-83173



His Master's Voice: The French Catalogue : a Complete Numerical Catalogue of ... - Alan Kelly, Gramophone Company, EMI Music Archive - Google Boeken

(c) Max Kacewiecz (1906)  (as "Der Leiermann")
OtherNr: Globos 1036


The first recording I could find is a Russian version.

(c) Лев Михайлович Сибиряков (=Lev Mihaylovich Sibiryakov) (1910)  (as "Шарманщикъ" ="Sharmanshchik")
Recorded February 23, 1910 at St Petersburg
Matrix 14815b
Released on Concert Record "Gramophone" GC 4-22135




Listen here:  http://www.russian-records.com/data/media/341/GC-4-22135.mp3

The first German version till now I found

(c) Elena Gerhardt, mezzo-soprano, Coenraad V. Bos, piano
Recorded March 9, 1927
Matrix: Cc10424-2
Released on HMV D1264 (2-043066)


Listen here:  http://charm.cch.kcl.ac.uk/audio/flac/D_1264_Cc_10424-2.flac

(c) Richard Tauber (1927) (as "Die Winterreise - No 24: Der Leiermann")
Contributor : Mischa Spoliansky
Recorded June 20, 1927 in Berlin
Matrix Be 5860-1
Released on Columbia 17009-D (USA)/ Decca 20566 / Nippon Columbia J 5410 / Odeon 15022 B / Odeon 196.022 / Odeon O-4913 / Parlophone AR 118 / Parlophone RO 20042 (UK)

O-4913 | richard-tauber.de

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(c) George Henschel (1928)  (as "Der Leiermann (The Hurdy Gurdy Man"))
Recorded March 3, 1928 in London
Matrix A 6892
Released on Columbia D1621

Listen here:  charm.cch.kcl.ac.uk/redist/audio/dlw15.wav

(c) Heinrich Rehkemper (1928)
Manfred Gurlitt (Piano)
Recorded 1928 in Berlin
Matrix 1484bk
Released on Polydor 90019 and on Grammophon 90019


Franz Schubert - Heinrich Rehkemper With Piano Ace.* - Die Nebensonnen / Der Leiermann (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Franz Völker 1928 (Der Leiermann)
Johannes Heidenreich, piano
Recorded June 2, 1928 in Berlin
Matrix 1167bm
Released on Polydor 19912 and Grammophon 19912


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(c) John McCormack (1928) (as "The Hurdy Gurdy Man")
Nathaniel Shilkret (cond. orchestra)
Recorded November 28, 1928 in New York
Matrix: CVE 49213-3
Released on Victor 6928 as part the 78 RPM album "An Hour With Schubert" (Victor C-3)

Schubert Victor Musical Masterpiece 78rpm 12" Red Seal 6928 & 9308 (2 Records) | eBay

John McCormack: Alphabetical Listing

McCormack Victor Electrical Recordings

Victor matrix CVE-49213. The hurdy-gurdy man (Der Leiermann) / John McCormack - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Gaston Angeli (1931)
Arpad Sandor (piano)
Recorded May 1931
Released on Ultraphon A-4013

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DISMARC - Metastore - Detail view

(c) Gerhard Husch 1933  (as "Die Winterreise - 24 Der Leiermann")
Hanns Udo Müller: piano
Recorded August 3, 1933
Matrix: OD 1638-2
Released on Electrola DA 1346


Listen here:  http://charm.cch.kcl.ac.uk/audio/flac/DA_1346_0D_1638-2.flac

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DISMARC - Metastore - Detail view

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(c) Lotte Lehmann 1941
Recorded March 19, 1941 in USA
Matrix Co30014-1
Released on Columbia 17369-D



Listen here:  http://fukkokulab.com/audio/CO30014.mp3

(c) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1955)
Recorded December 1, 1955
Matrix: ORA 7698-1
Released on Electrola DA5528


DIETRICH FISCHER-DIESKAU -BARITON- Der Leiermann/ Die Post Schellackplatte S8312 | eBay

(c) Hannes Wader (1997)  (as "Der Leiermann")
Guitar: Ralf Illenberger
Bass: Eberhard Weber



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Here's a version by Michael Vereno, accompanied with a real Hurdy Gurdy, which gives the song an even more melancholic tone.

(c) Sting (2009) (as "The Hurdy-Gurdy Man")
Julian Sutton: melodeon


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(c) De Dijk with Amsterdam Sinfonietta (2014)  (as "De Muzikant")
Dutch lyrics Huub van der Lubbe

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donderdag 22 juni 2017

Oh Freedom (1860´s) / Sweet Freedom (1931)

Oh, Freedom - Wikipedia

O Freedom

Free Slave, The

"OH FREEDOM" is an African-American spiritual dating from the Civil War of the 1860´s. The author is unknown.
According to oral tradition "Oh Freedom" was used as a marching song by Blacks protesting the Atlanta race riots of 1906. With changes in lyrics, it was used in the 1930´s by organizers of the Southern Tenant Farmer´s Union.
By the time of the Civil Rights Movement, "Oh Freedom" was not generally found in the repertoire of the Black Church congregations. Movement activists familiar with the song culture of the 1930´s, brought the song to the sit-ins and Freedom Rides and into the mass meeting song repertoire.
Odetta made a recording in 1956 and it became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Odetta also sang it, when Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C., in front of nearly 250,000 civil rights supporters.

Part of the song was published on page 25 of William E Barton's "Old Plantation Hymns" (1899).
The title there is "Before I'd be a Slave".


It´s also on page 114 of Thomas P Fenner's "Cabin and Plantation Songs As Sung by the Hampton Students" (1901)


The Nance Family seems to be the first artists who recorded this song in 1931, with a different title ("Sweet Freedom") and a slightly different musical setting.

E.R. Nance was a singing-school teacher, who was living in Booneville, North Carolina. He first approached Art Satherley about recording his family at the American Record Corporation in 1930.
Few of the records from their lengthy stay in New York City were ever released, and Nance was very interested in having more of his music available on record. Now familiar with the system and having established a modest track record, Nance approached Brunswick and Gennett.
Both companies decided to take a gamble and in quick succession the Nance Family had recordings out on Brunswick and on Gennett's subsidiaries, Champion and Superior.

Virginia's Blues, Country, and Gospel Records, 1902-1943: An Annotated ... - Kip Lornell - Google Boeken

(c) Nance Family with Traphill Twins (1931) (as "Sweet Freedom")
Earl R. Nance: Bass Vocal
Madie Nance: Soprano Vocal
Helen Nance: Alto Vocal
Byron Bryan: banjo
Sam Halbrook: guitar
Recorded April 14, 1931 in New York
Released on Brunswick 565

Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942 - Tony Russell, Bob Pinson - Google Boeken

(c) E.R Nance Family with Clarence Dooley (1931)
Earl R. Nance: Bass Vocal
Clarence Dooley: Tenor Vocal & Guitar
Madie Nance: Soprano Vocal
Helen Nance: Alto Vocal & Mandolin
Recorded on August 26, 1931 in Richmond, IN.
Released on Champion S-16410

CHAMPION 78rpm numerical listing discography: 16000 - 16500

Also released on Superior 2813 (billed as James Horton & Family)

Superior by Gennett (78rpm numerical listing discography)

This recording taken from the 2008 album "In The Pines" (Old Hat CD-1006) (CD)

Old Hat Records - Reviews

IN THE PINES - Tar Heel Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes - Old Time Tunes of North Carolina 1926-1936

Various - In The Pines: Tar Heel Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes (Old-Time Music Of North Carolina 1926-1936) (CD, Album) at Discogs

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In 1937 John Handcock, a sharecropper from Brinkley, Arkansas recorded a version for the Libary Of Congress

John Handcox - Wikipedia

Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers ... - M. Honey - Google Boeken

(c) John Handcox (1937) (as "No More Mourning (Oh Freedom)"
Recorded March 9, 1937 in Washington, DC

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(c) Deep River Boys (1946)
Recorded in 1946
Released on the album "Spirituals and Jubilees" (on the Pilotone label)

Deep River Boys

Billboard - Google Boeken

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The Early Years 1937-50 - Deep River Boys | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

(c) Odetta (1956) (as part of "Spiritual Trilogy")

Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues - Wikipedia

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(c) Joan Baez (1958)  (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded in June 1958.
Released in 1964 on the album "In San Francisco"

Joan Baez in San Francisco was a demonstration record recorded by the 17-year-old Joan Baez in 1958, released without permission on Fantasy Records in 1964.

Joan Baez - Discography, Joan Baez in San Francisco

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(c) Harry Belafonte (1959)  (as "Oh Freedom")



(c) The Montgomery Gospel Trio, The Nashville Quartet, and Guy Carawan (1961) (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded in 1961 and released on Folkways Records FH 5591



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(c) Pete Seeger (1963)  (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded June 8, 1963 at Carnegie Hall
Released on his album "We Shall Overcome"

We Shall Overcome (Pete Seeger album) - Wikipedia

Joan Baez also sang it at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival
Recorded July 28, 1963 at Fort Adams Park in Newport

Newport Folk

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Odetta also sang her medley in 1963 at the March On Washington Civil Rights meeting

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - We Shall Overcome! (The March On Washington - August 28th 1963) (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs


(c) Hollis Watkins (1963)  (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded Fall/winter 1963 in Jackson, MS

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 - Smithsonian Folkways

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(c) SNCC Freedom Singers with Rutha Harris (1964)  (as "Freedom Medley")
Recorded Spring 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 - Smithsonian Folkways

(c) Leon Bibb (1962)

Leon Bibb - Oh Freedom And Other Spirituals (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs


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(c) Congregation Of Brown Chapel (1965)  (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded March 1965 at Selma, Alabama


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(c) Peter, Paul & Mary (1996) (as "Freedom Medley")

LifeLines Live

(c) Sweet Honey In The Rock (2000)  (as "Oh Freedom")

On the soundtrack for the movie: "Freedom Song" (2000)

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(c) Roger McGuinn (2004) (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded in 2004 for his Folk Den Project.


Listen here: http://ibiblio.org/jimmy/folkden/php/music/freedom.mp3

(c) Golden Gospel Singers (2007)  (as "Oh Freedom")
Released on their album "A Capella Praise"

Singers.com - Golden Gospel Singers Gospel Vocal Harmony A Cappella Group

(c) Renée Fleming & Joan Baez & Suzanne Vega & Lou Reed (2009)

Celebrating 20th years of the Velvet Revolution in Prague on 17. November 2009

(c) Aaron Neville (2010)

Aaron Neville - I Know I've Been Changed (CD, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Vivian Green (2012) (as "Oh Freedom")
Recorded in 2012 as sort of a soundtrack for the 2009 movie: "Soundtrack For A Revolution".
This soundtrack was released during Black History Month 2012

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"Oh Freedom" was also used to great effect in season 3 episode 9 of American Horror Story.
On television we see Odetta performing the song at a Civil Rights meeting, after 1 minute taken over by The Golden Gospel Singers magnificent version.

Head (American Horror Story) - Wikipedia

And early 2017 "Oh Freedom" by the Golden Gospel Singers was also used on the soundtrack of the movie: "Gettysburg Addres".

zondag 18 juni 2017

Boléro (1928)

"Boléro" is a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel's most famous musical composition.
The composition was a sensational success when it was premiered at the Paris Opéra on 22 November 1928, with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska and designs and scenario by Alexandre Benois. The orchestra of the Opéra was conducted by Walther Straram.

Boléro - Wikipedia

The piece was first published by the Parisian firm Durand in 1929.

See next link for complete score:


The first recording session of the "Bolero" in 1930 by the Grand Orchestre Symphonique, directed by Piero Coppola, was attended by Ravel himself.

(o) Grand Orchestre Symphonique (dir. Piero Coppola) (1930)
Recorded January 7, 1930  Salle Pleyel Paris
Matrix CF 2710/13
Released on Disque Gramophone W 1067/68 (France) 

Also released on Victor 13659/60 (USA)

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The next day, Maurice Ravel conducted the Lamoureux Orchestra in his own recording session for the Polydor-label.

(c) Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Lamoureux (dir Maurice Ravel) (1930)
Recorded January 8, 1930 in Paris
Matrix 1812/15
Released on Polydor 566030/1 (France) / Polydor 66947/8 (Germany) /
Also released on Decca CA 8015/6 (UK) / Brunswick 90039/40 (USA)

Listen here: www.phonobase.org/audio/AC-2010/2010-02_3132b.mp3

Gomme-laque, celluloïd et vieilles cires : disques et cylindres de la Belle Époque en ligne

(c) Boston Symphony Orchestra (dir by Serge Koussevitzky) (1930)
Recorded April 14, 1930 at the Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts
Released on Victor 7251

Victor matrix CVE-56820. Bolero / Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Serge Koussevitzky - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Boston Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Serge Koussevitzky - Bolero (Shellac, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Willem Mengelberg and his Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Recoorded May 31, 1930 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Released on Columbia LX 48/9 (UK)

78 RPM - Willem Mengelberg And His Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bolero---Part 1 / Bolero---Part 2 - Columbia - UK - L.X. 48

78 RPM - Willem Mengelberg And His Concertgebouw Orchestra - Bolero---Part 3 / Bolero---Part 4 - Columbia - UK - L.X. 49

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In 1934 George Raft and Carole Lombard starred in the film Bolero, which ended with them performing a dance to the music.

Allegro Non Troppo, a sophisticated parody of Walt Disney's Fantasia directed by Bruno Bozzetto, uses "Boléro" as the theme for a segment where an entire evolutionary sequence arises on an alien planet from the residue in the bottom of a Coke bottle discarded by a visiting human astronaut.

In the 1979 movie 10, the character played by Bo Derek asks "Did you ever do it to Ravel's Bolero?", a reference to the idea that the work is a good accompaniment to lovemaking. A four-minute excerpt of Boléro is used during the subsequent sex scene.

(c) Tomita (1979)

Tomita - Daphnis Et Chloé (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

A 7" and 12" single of "Bolero" was released in the UK by popular demand in the light of the success of the movie "10" starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. It actually hit the Top 75!

Tomita - Daphnis et Chloé

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Frank Zappa admired the piece, saying it "has one of the best melodies ever written", and performed an arrangement of it on his 1988 world tour. A reggae version of Ravel's "Boléro" is featured on his live album "The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life".

(c) Gerard Joling (1989)  (as "No More Boleros")
written by Peter de Wijn, but unmistakable influenced by Ravel's "Bolero"
Nr 1 Hit in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Gerard Joling - No More Bolero's (Vinyl) at Discogs

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Nintendo composer Koji_Kondo (credited as Konchan) had at first wanted to use "Boléro" as the title screen music for  The_Legend_of_Zelda_(video_game). Due to copyright issues, however, he had to scrap the idea and compose original music of his own. He wrote a new arrangement of the overworld theme within one day.

The theme was later revisited in Ocarina_of_Time's music "Bolero of Fire", which also uses the same snare drum ostinato

Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto reworked "Bolero" for the score of the 2002 Brian De Palma film "Femme Fatale", titled "Bolerish".

(c) Rufus Wainwright (2003) ( incorporated in "Oh What A World")


More versions here:  Cover versions of Boléro written by Maurice Ravel | SecondHandSongs

vrijdag 9 juni 2017

Gökvalsen (1913) / Cuckoo Waltz (1918) / Coucou ! / Kuckuckswalzer / Koekoek-Wals

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - GÖKVALSEN

It is probably less well known that popular composer Emanuel Jonasson (1886-1956), called "Gok-Jonas", was also a military musician. His big hit number was "Gökvalsen", which has become a world success and one of the world's most played smaller pieces of music. According to a popular storytelling, he would have had the idea of ​​Gökvalsen as a musician at Gyllene Göken cinema in Stockholm in the 1910's. However, this story is contradicted by the fact that the cinema Gyllene Göken started in 1912 and that Gökvalsen was born in 1909 on Fristad Hed.
Another story is put forward by Ejnar Lyth. According to this, Gökvalsen would have been "pushed forward" on a one-piece accordion by the farmer's son Sigge Karlsson, who performed it at K 1's Christmas ball in 1912. Jonasson would have "taken over" the melody.

MMS - militärmusiksamfundet

The first recorded version seems to be by Bröderna Sundquist (=Brothers Sundquist)

(c) Bröderna Sundquist (1913)
Recorded in Berlin in 1913
Released on ISI 526


Also released on Cezar 1501


(c) Bröderna Sundkvist (1913)
Recorded August 12, 1913 in Stockholm
Matrix 5101 ab
Released on Gramophone 289346


Bröderna Sundquist - Gökvalsen / Dragspelsvalsen (Shellac, 10") | Discogs

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(c) (Hjalmar) Meissners Militär-Orkester (1913)
Recorded August 19, 1913 in Stockholm
Matrix 5241 ab


Released on Gramophone 280318


Meissners Militärorkester - Gökvalsen/ Kostervalsen (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM) | Discogs

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(c) Odeon Orkester (1914)
Recorded in 1914 in Berlin
Released on Odeon A 145797


(c) Erik Sjöberg and Helge Nilssén (1914)
Recorded May 1914 in Stockholm
Matrix:  Sto 839


Released on Odeon A148002 (Sweden)

Re-released on Odeon 19008 in the USA


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Lockaren, träskovals (Lokkeren) ; Gökvalsen :: Scandinavian-American Recordings

(c) Herman Gellin (1915)
Recorded March 23, 1915 in Stockholm
Released on Gramophone ???


(c) J. Jacobson och Henry Magnuson (1918)
Recorded February 1918 in New York
Released on Columbia E 3886

78 RPM - J. Jacobson And Henry Magnuson - Harvest Feast / Cuckoo Waltz - Columbia - USA - E3886

Also released as "Cuckoo Waltz" by "Accordion Duet"

(c) Sven Andersson & Sander Ahlquist (1919)
Recorded November 1919 in Hälsingborg
Released on Rolf Succès 718


(c) Carl Jularbo & Helge Eriksson (1920)
Recorded October 6, 1920 in Berlin


Released on Artiphon 1004
Also released on Ekophon NS 1312


(c) International Novelty Quartet (1922) (as "Cuckoo Waltz")
Recorded April 10, 1922 in New York
Released on Victor 19349.

International Novelty Quartet - Cuckoo / Lena (Shellac) at Discogs

Also released for the German, Bohemian (Czech), Swedish, Norwegian and Polish market

Victor matrix B-26294. Cuckoo waltz / International Novelty Orchestra - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Also released on Zonophone for the UK market

International Novelty Quartet - Cuckoo / Lena (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) E. Jahrl Nyhetskvintetten (1926) (as "Gök -Valsen (Cuckoo Waltz)"
Recorded July 27, 1926 in New York
Released on Columbia 22038-F

78 RPM - E. Jahrl Nyhetskvintetten - Gök (Cuckoo Waltz) / Livet I Finnskogarna (Life In The Woods Of Finland) - Columbia - USA - 22038-F

The recording above was released in Columbia's "ethnic" series for several nationalities under different names:
"Gökvalsen" as E. Jahrl Nyhetskvintetten (Swedish)
"Käkivalssi" as Columbia Soitto Kvintetti (Finnish)
"Kukavica Valcek" as Columbia Hudebni Kvintet (Slovenian)
"Kuku Walc" as Instrumentowy Kwartet Warszawa (Polish)"
"Cuckoo Waltz" as Columbia Quintette (English)

Columbia Quintette - Cuckoo Waltz / Harvest Feast (Shellac) at Discogs

In 1926 the International Novelty Quartet made a new recording of "Cuckoo Waltz".

(c) International Novelty Quartet (1926)  (as "Cuckoo Waltz")
Recorded September 10, 1926 in New York
Released on Victor 20253

Victor matrix BVE-26294. Cuckoo / International Novelty Quartet - Discography of American Historical Recordings

International Novelty Quartet - Cuckoo / Lena (Shellac) at Discogs

Also released on HMV AL 832, K 5855, Electrola EG 2026 and Zonophone 5051
And on Victot JM-3 (for the Japanese market)

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(c) Municipal Band (1928)  (as "Cuckoo waltz")
Recorded April 19, 1928 in new York
Released on Brunswick 1028-A

Brunswick Concert Orchestra - Amoureuse / Cuckoo Waltz (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) Okeh International Orchestra (1929) (as "Cuckoo Waltz")
Recorded January 8, 1929 in New York
Released on Okeh 3516
Also released on Parlophone E 6171 (as by Parlophone International Orchestra)

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(c) Tanz-Orchester Dajos Béla (1929) (as "Cuckoo")
Recorded October 23, 1929 in Berlin
Matrix xxB 8415
Released on Odeon AA 178018

Dajos Béla - Cuckoo / Hoffbäll-Tanze (Shellac) at Discogs

More than a year later Dajos Bela recorded a new version (as"Kuckuck Walzer")
Recorded December 2, 1930 in Berlin
Matrix Be 9269
Released on Odeon O-11352

Also released on Odeon 238.323 for the French market.

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(c) The Plaza Band (=Harry Hudson) (1930) (as "Cuckoo Waltz")
Recorded ca January 2, 1930 in London
Released on Edison Bell Radio 1307

78 RPM - The Plaza Band - Cuckoo Waltz / Come On, Baby - Edison Bell Radio - UK - 1307

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(c) Debroy Somers Band (1930)
Recorded March 22, 1930
Released on Columbia CB 50

(c) Homocord Orchester (1930)  (as "Kuckuck")
Recorded October 1930 in Berlin
Released on Homocord H-3819

Homocord-Orchester* - Kuckuck / Lena-Polka (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) The Four Serenaders (=Akkordeon-Quartett Gebrüder Lindqvist) (1930)
Recorded October 1930 in Berlin
Released on Tri-Ergon TE 6064


(c) Willy Derby (1930)  (as "Koekoek-wals") (Dutch Lyrics: Ferry (van Delden))
Recorded October 1930 in Berlin
Matrix 63727
Released on Parlophon B 17625

Willy Derby - Vogelijn / Koekoek-Wals (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) The Happy Duet (Jeanne Horsten and Louis Noiret) (1930)  (as "Koekoek Wals)
Dutch Lyrics: R Niessen.
Matrix F 782
Released on Columbia DH 2

78 RPM - The Happy Duet (Jeanne Horsten En Louis Noiret) - Koekoek Wals / De Loterijclub - Columbia - Netherlands - DH 2

(c) Harmonica (1930)  (as "Koekoek Wals")
Recorded in 1930
Matrix: F 809
Released on Columbia DH 10

(c) Harry Jackson´s Tanz-Orchester [=Géza Komor] (1930)
Recorded November 1930 in Berlin
Released on Tri-Ergon TE 6096

 Also released on Brillant 52 as „Grosses Salonorchester“; Tempo 52 as „Grosses Salonorchester“; Elite 1063 (Kontroll-Nummer 149) as „Salon-Orchester“; Pallas und Paloma 1022 as „Salonorchester“; Star C.8167 as „Milton´s Tanzorchester“; Inton 159


(c) Harmonica-Duo John Hodde en J. van Laar (1930)  (as "Koekoek Wals")
Recorded ca November 1930 in Berlin
Released on Homocord H.4-66121

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Also realeased on Homocord Sv. 4-16105 II (for the Swedish market)

Homocord Populär Orkester* / John Hodde Och J. N. Laar - Hoppsan, Hejsan / Gökvalsen (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) "Grammophon" Künstler-Orchester (1930)
Recorded December 1930 in Berlin
Released on Grammophon 23563


Also released on Polydor 23563 as by Polydor-Orchester.

One year later the same orchestra recorded a new version, which was released on both the Grammophon-label and the Polydor-label (both with label # 23932)


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(c) Marcel Véran (1930) (as "Coucou!")
French lyrics by Paul Max
Released on Pathe

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(c) Eric Harden (=Otto Dobrindt) Mit Seinem Tanz-Orchester (1931)  (as "Kuckuckswalzer")
Vocals by John Hendrik
German lyrics by Bert Reisfeld
Recorded January 1931 in Berlin
Released on Gloria G-10008

Eric Harden Mit Seinem Tanz-Orchester / Tanz-Orchester "Heimatklänge" - Kuckuckswalzer / Lorelei-Walzer (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Tanz-Orchester Dobbri (=Otto Dobrindt) (1931)  (as "Kuckuck - Walzer")
Recorded January 10, 1931 in Berlin
Released on Parlophon B 12397

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Tanz-Orchester Dobbri - Kuckuck-Walzer / Schlittschuhläufer-PARLO-12397

(c) Alfred Beres mit Orchester (1931)
Recorded January 1931 in Berlin
Matrix 16071
Released on Ultraphon A 794
Also released on Telefunken A 794


2 months later Alfred Beres recorded a new version
Matrix 16291
Released on Ultraphon A 880
Also released on Ultraphone AP 235 (for the French market)

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(c) Orchestrola Salon- Orchester (1931)  (as "Kuckucks-Walzer")
Recorded January 17 1931 in Berlin
Released on Orchestrola 2509

(c) Jazz Orchester Geza Balasz (=Eddy Walis) (1931) (as "Kuckuck-Walzer")
Recorded March 1931 in Berlin
Released on Artiphon 12064

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(c) Salon-Orchester Ramescu (1931) (as "Kuckucks-Walzer" )
Recorded March 1931 in Berlin
Released on Grammophon 656


(c) Kapelle Gebrüder Steiner (1931)  (as "Kuckuck Walzer")
Recorded May 1931 in Berlin
Released on Tri-Ergon TE 6179


(c) Tore Svensson & Co 1936 (as "Gökvalsen")
Recorded 1936 in Stockholm
Released on Sonora 3168

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(c) Ken Griffin (1948) (as "Cuckoo Waltz")  Hit in the USA

78 RPM - Ken Griffin - You Can't Be True, Dear / Cuckoo Waltz - Rondo - USA - R-128

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(c) Ursula Maury und Peter Manuel (1951) (as "Kuckuckswalzer") (German lyrics by Rolf Ronnay)
With Pierre Blanchard und seinem Orchester

Ursula Maury, Peter Manuel - Kuckuckswalzer / Ihr Alten Straßen (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Adalbert Lutter (1956)

45cat - Adalbert Lutter - Ballgeflüster / Kuckucks-Walzer - Telefunken - Germany - U 45 232

Adalbert Lutter - Ballgeflüster (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Die Lorelei's (1959)  (as "Kuckuckswalzer")  (German lyrics by Rolf Ronnay)
Released September 1959 on Philips 318 270 PF

45cat - Die Lorelei's - Du Kannst Nicht Treu Sein / Kuckuckswalzer - Philips - Netherlands - 318 270 PF

45cat - Die Lorelei's - Du Kannst Nicht Treu Sein / Kuckuckswalzer - Philips - Netherlands - 422 404 PE

Die Lorelei's were Dutch sisters Els en Madeleine Heymans, with orchestra conducted by Arnold Kleyn (=Addy Kleyngeld), who also played the accordion.

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(c) Harmonica Duo K. Schriebl / J. Hupperts (1959)  (as "Koekoekwals")

45cat - Harmonica Duo K. Schriebl / J. Hupperts - Koekoekwals / Het Plekje Bij De Molen (Daar Bij Die Molen) - Philips - Netherlands - 318 195 PF

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(c) Zangeres Zonder Naam (1965)  (as "Koekoekswals") (Dutch Lyrics: Ferry (van Delden))

45cat - Zangeres Zonder Naam - Koekoekswals / De Speelbal - Telstar - Netherlands - TS 1124 TF

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More versions of "Gökvalsen" here:

Gökvalsen / Clarence Coleman, vissling / MunSPELDOSenterna / 04.06.1953 / Sonora 7729 /
Gökvalsen / Gunnar Hillgren / Tage Ekvall orch. / Sthlm 1949 / Harmony Music 40 /
Gökvalsen / Harry Branddelius / Cupolork. / 23.02.1949 / Cupol 4211 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Andrew Walter, dragspel / 26.01.1949 / Columbia DS 1770 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Bröderna Sundkvist / / CRG 289347 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Bröderna Sunsquist, dragspel / 12.08.1913 / Gramophone 289340 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Bröderna Sunsquist, dragspel / 1913 / ISI 526 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Carl Jularbos ork. / 1936 - utg. 04.1943 / Polyphon NS 90900 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Charleston serenaders / / Columbia DI 228 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Dragspel / N.Y. 192- / Odeon 19008 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / E. Jahrl Nyhetskvintetten / / Columbia 7899 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / E. Jahrls kvintett / / Columbia /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Emil Sjölberg & Helge Nissén, harmonika / 1914 / Odeon A 148002 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Gösta Westerlunds dragspelskvart. / 31.01.1947 / X 7343 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Gösta Westerlunds dragspelskvint. / 31.01.1947 / HMV AL 2942 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Gösta Westerlunds dragspelskvint. / 31.01.1947 / HMV X 7343 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Helmer Nerlund, dragspel / 08.04.1947 / Musica A 8748 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Helmer Nerlund, dragspel / 08.04.1947 / Telefunken A 8742 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Herman Gellin, dragspel / 23.03.1915 / Gramophone /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Hillers munspelsork - Karl Dahlberg, gitarr / 09.1937 / Toni 631 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Hillers munspelsork. - Karl Dahlberg, gitarr / 09.1937 / Toni 631 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / John Hodde - J.N. Laar, dragspel / 12.1930 / Homocord 4-16105 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Jularbo Kalle och Helge Eriksson, dragspel och fiol / Berlin 05.10.1920 / Ekophon 1004 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Jularbo Kalle och Helge Eriksson, dragspel och fiol / Berlin 05.10.1920 / Ekophon NS 1312 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Jularbo-Kalle - Helge Eriksson / Berlin 05.10.1920 / Artiphon 1004 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Kryssprickarna / 24.09.1951 / Sonora 7667 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Kurt Engels ork. / / Kristall 450 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Lasse Bennys trio / 18.08.1947 - utg. 10.1954 / Cupol 4880 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Lasse Bennys trio / 18.08.1947 / Cupol 1980 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Meissners militärork. / 19.08.1913 / Gram. Company 280318 / CRG
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Miff Görling / 26.02.1954 / Columbia DS 2103 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Odeon ork. / 1914 / Odeon A 145 797 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Olle Johnny, dragspel - gitarr / 07.12.1936 / Scala 31 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Olle Johnny, dragspel / 02.11.1954 / Odeon SD 5624 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Olle Johnny, dragspel / 07.12.1936 / Odeon D 3343 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Sune Östling, piano / 07.1942 / Polydor 48556 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Sven Andersson - Sander Ahlquist / 11.1919 / Rolf Succès 718 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Thore Svenssons harmonikaork. / 1936 - utg. 04.1943 / Sonora 260 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Thore Svenssons Harmonikaork. / 1936 / Tono M 11157 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Tore Svensson & Co / 1936 / Sonora 3168 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Willard Ringstrand, hammondorgel / / Cupol 4178 /
Gökvalsen / Instrumental / Willard Ringstrand, hammondorgel / 09.02.1949 / Cupol C 2010 /
Gökvalsen / John Hedéen / Tore Svensson & Co / 1936 / Tono M 11157 /
Gökvalsen / Nonne Hall / Ork. / 19.01.1943 / Scala 1447 /


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Cover versions of Gökvalsen written by Emanuel Jonasson | SecondHandSongs

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Livet I Finnskogarne (1915) / Mockin' Bird Hill (1950) / Adress Rosenhill (1951) / Als De Spotvogel Fluit (1951)

Mockin' Bird Hill  is a song, written in 3/4 time, by George Vaughn Horton, and perhaps best known through recordings by Patti Page, Donna Fargo, and by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1951.

The music of "Mockin' Bird Hill" is based closely on a Swedish waltz called "Livet i Finnskogarne" ("Life in the Finnish Woods"), recorded by Karl Jularbo in 1915, which enjoyed some popularity in the U.S.

Several sources say this is a composition by Karl Jularbo (1893-1966).
Other sources say it is a composition by Herman Gellin (1895-1965).


A meeting with the Swedish STIM in 1962 resulted in an anouncement that Jularbo heard "Livet in Finnskogarne" around 1910 by a man, who had died in the meantime, and this Vals is actually a piece of Danish folkmusic.

Most likely Karl Jularbo was the first artist to make a recording of this song.

(o) Karl Karlsson Jularbo and Helge Erichsson (1915)
Karl Jularbo: accordion / Helge Erichsson: violin
Recorded 1915 in Stockholm
Matrix Sto 961
Released in 1915 on Odeon A 148 243

Listen here: livet-i-finnskogarne_karl-karlsson-jularbo-helge-erichson.mp3

In February 1916 Herman Gellin recorded his version of the song on the Beka-label

(c) Herman Gellin (1916)
Recorded February 1916 in Berlin
Released on Beka 49796


Herman Gellin - Nöckrosen / Livet I Finnskogarne (Shellac) | Discogs

(c) Vilgot Malmqvist & Sven Lindqvist (1920)
Recorded on June 10/11, 1920 in Berlin
Released on Beka # 51315

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(c) Arvid Franzen and Eric Berg (1921)
Recorded November 21, 1921 in New York
Released on Victor 73175

Victor matrix B-25812. Livet i Finnskogarna / Eric Berg ; Arvid Franzen - Discography of American Historical Recordings

In 1922 Herman Gellin made another recording of the song on the Polyphon-label, this time with longtime collaborator Ernst Borgstrøm.

(c) Gellin and Borgstrøm (1922)
Recorded in May 1922 in Berlin
Released on Polyphon XS 49004
Re-released on Polyphon N.S99050

Gellin Og Borgstrøm* - Livet I Finnskogarna / Upsala Minder (Shellac) at Discogs


(c) E. Jahrl - Nyhetskvintetten (1927)
Recorded July 27, 1926 in New York
Released on Columbia 22038 F


78 RPM - E. Jahrl Nyhetskvintetten - Gök (Cuckoo Waltz) / Livet I Finnskogarna (Life In The Woods Of Finland) - Columbia - USA - 22038-F

(c) Ivar Lindeberg and Oscar Lundin (1927)
Recorded on May 11, 1927 in Stockholm
Released on His Master's Voice A.L. 825.

Ivar Lindeberg Och Oscar Lundin - Livet I Finnskogarna / Alte Kameraden (Shellac) at Discogs

78 RPM - Ivar Lindeberg Och Oscar Lundin - Livet I Finnskogarna / Alte Kameraden - His Master's Voice - Sweden - A.L. 825

(c) International Octette (1928)

Recorded April, 30, 1928 in New York Released on Victor 81456

Victor matrix BVE-43687. Livet i Finskogarna / Jahrl Instrumental Quintette - Discography of American Historical Recordings

(c) Jularbos Dragspelsorkester (1930)
Recorded November 6, 1930 in Stockholm
Matrix Sto 4501
Released on Odeon D-2193

Jularbos Dragspelsorkester* - Livet I Finnskogarna / Hammarforsens Brus (Shellac) at Discogs

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In 1922 Anna Myrberg wrote lyrics to the music.

Livet i Finnskogarna

Only a few lines of these lyrics were sung by Hilmer Borgeling in 1934.

(c) Tore Svensson & Co (1934)
Lyrics by Svarta Masken = Anna Myrberg
Vocals by Hilmer Borgeling.
Recorded October 1934 in Stockholm
Released on Sonora 3014

78 RPM - Tore Svensson & Co - De' Kan Jag Inte Löva Dej / Livet I Finnskogarna - Sonora - Sweden - 3014

Tore Svensson & Co. - De' Kan Ja' Inte Lova Dej / Livet I Finnskogarna (Shellac) at Discogs

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The son of Carl Jularbo, Eberhardt, recorded his father's composition in 1939 (released in 1941).
In this version the complete first verse and the last 4 lines of the Anna Myrberg lyrics were sung.

Livet i Finnskogarna

(c) Jularbo Jr & Nisse Lind (1940)
Lyrics by Svarta Masken = Anna Myrberg
Vocals by Sven-Olof Sandberg
Recorded August 26, 1939 in Stockholm
Released on Sonora 3580

78 RPM - Jularbo J:r And Nisse Lind - Livet I Finnskogarna / Norska Valsen / Lundby-valsen - Sonora - Sweden - 3580

Re-released on Sonora Elit # 7004

78 RPM - Jularbo J:r Och Nisse Lind - Livet I Finnskogarna / Norska Valsen/Lundby-valsen - Sonora Elit - Sweden - 7004

Jularbo J:r* & Nisse Lind / Andrew Walters Dragspelsorkester* - Livet I Finnskogarna / Norska Valsen = Lundby-Valsen (Shellac) at Discogs

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And here's the composer himself with yet another version.

(c) Carl Jularbo med sin Stjärntrio (1942)
Recorded September 1937 in Stockholm
Released August 1942 on Sonora Elit 7172

»Mästarkvartetten»* / Carl Jularbo Med Sin Stjärntrio - Fäbodvalsen Går... / Livet I Finnskogarna / (Shellac) at Discogs

78 RPM - Mästarkvartetten - Fäbodvalsen Går / Livet I Finnskogarna - Sonora Elit - Sweden - 7172

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Covers as "Life In The Finnish Woods"  and "Woods of Finland" and "Life In The Finland Woods"

More versions here; see "Livet I Finnskogarna" : http://78-varvare.atspace.cc/titlar3.htm

As I said on top of this page "Mockin' Bird Hill" was derived from "Livet I Finnskogarna".

The first recording of "Mockin' Bird Hill" was made by The Pinetoppers, a group consisting of the composer George Vaughn Horton and his brother Roy Horton plus four other men: this recording, which featured a female duo billed as the Beaver Valley Sweethearts, was issued on Coral Records in October 1950. This was a # 3 C&W Hit.

(c) The Pinetoppers (1950)  (as "Mockin' Bird Hill")
Colleen And Donna Wilson (vcl), Ray Smith (gt), Arrett Keefer (Mandolin), Roy Horton (bass), Phil Kraus (drums), Frank Signorelli (piano).Vaughn Horton : Contractor.
Recorded August 18, 1950 Decca Recording Studio,  New York City

Praguefrank's Country Discography 2: Pinetoppers

Released on Coral 64061

78 RPM - The Pinetoppers - Mockin' Bird Hill / Big Parade Polka - Coral - USA - 64061

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2 cover-versions of "Mockin' Bird Hill" became MILLIONSELLERS in the USA.

(c) Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951) (# 2 Hit USA)
Recorded January 1951 in Hollywood
Released on Capitol F 1373

78 RPM - Les Paul With Mary Ford - Mockin' Bird Hill / Chicken Reel - Capitol - USA - 1373

Les Paul With Mary Ford* / Les Paul - Mockin' Bird Hill / Chicken Reel (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Patti Page (1951)  (# 2 Hit USA)
Recorded January 27, 1951 in New York
Released on Mercury 5595

78 RPM - Patti Page - Mockin' Bird Hill / I Love You Because - Mercury - USA - 5595

Patti Page - Mockin' Bird Hill / I Love You Because (Shellac) at Discogs

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There are two Swedish songs, which use the "Mocking Bird Hill" melody. The Swedish lyrics are not a direct translation of Horton's text.
The Swedish comedian Povel Ramel wrote a Swedish-language version of the song called "Småfoglarne" (The little birds), which contained a large number of puns on birds' names. It was performed and recorded by Ramel and Martin Ljung in 1951.

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For the second version Gösta Carje wrote a Swedish-language version of the song, which was titled "Adress Rosenhill"

This was recorded by Alice Babs in 1951 on the Metronome-label. This was a # 1 Hit in Sweden

Alice Babs - Fröken Pippinette / Adress Rosenhill (Shellac) at Discogs

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In the Netherlands it was covered as "Als De Spotvogel Fluit", with Dutch lyrics by Andre Meurs.

(c) De Spelbrekers (1951) (as "Als De Spotvogel Fluit")
Released on the Olympia-label (# 5657)

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(c) Migil 5 (1964)  (Top 10 Hit UK)

45cat - Migil 5 - Mockin' Bird Hill / Long Ago And Far Away - Pye - UK - 7N 15597

Migil 5* - Mockin' Bird Hill (Vinyl) at Discogs

(c) Claude Francois (1964)  (as "La Ferme Du Bonheur")

Claude François - La Ferme Du Bonheur (Vinyl) at Discogs

45cat - Claude François - La Ferme Du Bonheur "Mockin' Bird Hill" / Dis Moi Quand? "Tell Me When" - Philips - France - B 373.392 F

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(c) The Firebirds (1964)  (as "Naar 't Strand")

45cat - The Firebirds [Netherlands] - Naar 't Strand (Twie De Le Die) / Gloria - Delta - Netherlands - DS 1091

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(c) Donna Fargo (1977)  (Top 10 C&W Hit)

45cat - Donna Fargo - Mockingbird Hill / Second Choice - Warner Bros. - USA - WBS 8305

45cat - Roots Syndicate - Mockin' Bird Hill / Rock And Groove - Polydor - Netherlands - 861 528-7

More cover versions here:

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - LIVET I FINNSKOGARNA

and here:

Cover versions of Mockin' Bird Hill by The Pinetoppers | SecondHandSongs