[Dixielandjazz] Bei Meir Bist Du Schoen

Stan Brager sbrager at socal.rr.com
Mon Jul 5 18:16:24 PDT 2004


I'm not quite certain of what your question is. In any event, here's an

"Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" was written for the Yiddish theatre in 1933 by
Sholem Secunda and Jacob Jacobs. English lyrics were written a bit later, in
1937, by Sammy Cahn. It soon became quite popular with many groups such as
Benny Goodman, the Andrew Sisters, Chick Webb with Ella Fitzgerald, Wooden
Nickel Jazz Band, and others.

Now, then, what was the "xxxx"?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "AL LEVY" <jazz_man at ix.netcom.com>
To: <Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 4:28 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Bei Meir Bist Du Schoen

> Please answer me directly and I'll respond.
> I'll get around to sending the answer to the group after I
> get some responses. (I'm taking a poll)
> I moved to Texas from NY about a year ago.
> Somebody at a dance we played asked for a "xxxxx" song.
> Title of the song "Bei Meir Bist Du Schoen".
> xxxx stands for the nationality or ethnic origin of the tune.
> I was shocked. It promted me to ask a bunch of musicians
> and some singers what they thought about the tune's
> origin. All said the same thing!
> ================================
> Let me know what you think. Don't change your mind
> as a result of this message.
> I learned something very interesting about the lyrics when I
> asked Alvy West the same question - two weeks ago.
> (that very intersting should be read like a line on Laugh In)
> My gut feeling is the mis-conception is very wide spread.
> ==================================
> And now for the rest of the story.
> Cheers,
> Al
> Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Teacher and Music Prep.
> Please visit me at
> http://alevy.com

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