20 June 2010

Phonycord no. 1

Thanks to Johann Bernreiter from Austria I can share with you a scan from the first Phonycord ever - Nr. 1

The label reads:
Wenn du einmal dein Herz verscenkst (sic) - Tango v. Willi Rosen Jazz-Orch.
and on the reverse:
Es gibt eine Frau - Walzerlied v. Cowler M. Kuttner Tenor.

Willi Rosen ( 1894-1944)

Willi ( or Willy) Rosen was born as Wilhelm Rosenbaum in Magdenburg (Germany) July 1894 and passed away in the Polish concentration kamp Auschwitz October 1944. He composed the music for several films like Es War einmal ein Musiker from 1933. Also the song Wenn du einmal dein Herz verschenkst ( = When You One Day Give Your Heart Away ) from 1929 is the title song from one of the films featuring Lilian Harvey. The silent version of this film was released in Austria on the 25th of December, 1929 and as a sound film three weeks later in Germany. It was also released in some other European countries like Estonia ( as Kingi mulle oma armastus) - Greece ( as O vagapontis tou Isimerinou ) and Italy ( as Se un giorno tu vorrai ). In the rest of the world it was released as: When You One Day Give Your Heart Away.

Willi Rosen at the piano

Willi Rosen started as a piano player and became known in the 1920s cabarets in Berlin like in der Spinne with Harry Waldau and the Schwarzen Kater from Peter Sachse. He became a well know artist and wrote the music for dozens of films between 1928 and 1934. When he played the piano his famous words were: Text und Musik ist von mir! ( = Text and music are mine!). In 1933 he left Germany and moved to Austria and later (1937) to The Netherlands, where he founded in Scheveningen, with other Jewish artists like Max Ehrlich, the Theater van de Prominenten ( = Theater of Celebrities ). In 1942 the Theater van de Prominenten was closed by the German. In 1944 both Max and Willy were brought to Westerbork, a Dutch concentration camp, where they founded het Strijkorkest Westerbork (= the Westerbork String orchestra featuring Jewish musicians like Max Ehrlich, Franz Engel, Camilla Spira, Kurt Gerron, Erich Ziegler, and Willy Rosen. Finally they were all moved to German and Polish concentration camps like Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, where they passed away in the gas chamber.

Het Strijkorkest Westerbork.

Es gibt eine Frau die dich niemals vergi├čt was the popular title song from the 1929 film Es gibt eine Frau which was released in March 1930 in Germany. The music was composed by Hanson Milde-Meissner. It's unknown if Cowler M. Kuttner sung the tune in the film.

Phonycord was a short living flexible record label from 1929 up to ca. 1931. The first Phonycords, like this one, were pressed in Germany and later distributed to other parts of Europe. All Phonycord are all very colourfull, but damage easily. It is great to learn that this first one has survived.

Johann informed me that he wants to sell this one, so contact him for more information.

Hans Koert

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