Discola - Ford Lied: Het rythme van den weg
Bert Van Dongen ( 1915-1982)
This record contains two songs, sung in Dutch, dedicated to the new Ford V8 engine, by the Dutch vocalist Bert Van Dongen. Bert was born in Amsterdam May, 1915 and passed away April 1982 When he recorded this record at the Klank-Film studio Frank in Amsterdam, ca. early 1937, he sung in several orchestras and was introduced some years earlier as a singer to the Dutch Vara radio station in Hilversum. He would develop into an artists in musical comedies and revues, organized by René Sleeswijk (1950s). He performed in TV-programs like Sterren stralen overal with Rien Van Nunen and Dutch films like Op Hoop van Zegen.
Mijn nieuwe Ford V8 - Bert Van Dongen met orkestbegeleiding (prob. Orkest o.l.v. Joop De Keur) - Klank-Studio Frank - Amsterdam (ca. early 1937 op Discola) ( source: Rinus Blijleven)(photo courtesy: Robert Markus)
This record is one of a series of three records Rinus Blijleven has in his collection, all three recorded and produced by Klank-Studio Frank, cooperated with the Van Wouw studios. It was released at the Discola label, although its name is not on the label.Fordlied "Het rythme van den weg"- Bert Van Dongen met orkestbegeleiding (prob. Orkest o.l.v. Joop De Keur) - Klank-Studio Frank - Amsterdam (ca. early1937 op Discola) ( source: Rinus Blijleven)(photo courtesy: Robert Markus)
It seems that Klank-Film studio Frank / Van Wouw studios released numerous promo records like for the Zuid Hollandsche Bierbrouwers Den Haag ( sung by Lou Bandy) and the Primagaz advertisement, sung by Louis Davids, which might be the most well known of the trio. The latter was reissued at the excellent album Wat een meisje weten moet - Reclame klassieken published by the Theater Instituut Nederland (1999) (FAV 1-95204)Ford V-8) (1933)
- Rinus Blijleven informs that the song was originally performed at the Ford Show in the Albert Hall, October 1936 by King Palmers V8 Shadow Symphony Orchestra, sung by Gordon Little
Laurens Hertzdahl pointed me to the English version of this song, entitled The Rhythm of the Road. It is sung by Gordon Little.
The information reads: A classic cinema advert from 1937 for the Ford V8 range of cars, with happy singing, lovely English scenery and a real "pleasures of motoring" feel, sung by Gordon Little