May 16, 2013
Lale Andersen - (1905-1972)
Lale Andersen, German chanson singer-songwriter was born in
studied acting in Berlin, and in 1931 began appearing on stage at various
cabarets in Berlin. In 1939, she met Norbert Schultze, who had just
written the music for "Lili Marleen". She is best known for her
interpretation of the song
"Lili Marleen" was immensely popular with German soldiers, and was received all over Europe anhd the Mediterranean. It was also popular with Allied troops. However, Nazi officials did not like the sad song about parted lovers and prohibited its being played on the radio. Lale was not allowed to perform publicly for nine months.
She retired to Langeoog, a small island
off the North Sea coast of Germany. In 1952 she made a comeback with the
song "Die blaue Nacht am Hafen", which she had written the lyrics
for herself. In 1959 she had another hit "Ein Schiff wird kommen..."
(a version of 'Never on Sunday'). Both songs
won her a gold album each in Germany.
Throughout the 1960s, she toured extensively through Europe, the United States and Canada, until her farewell tour "Goodbye Memories" in 1967. She published her autobiography "Der Himmel hat viele Farben" (The Sky has many colors). Lale Anderson died of a heart attack in Vienna, Austria at the age of 67.
This poem was originally titled "Das Madchen unter der Laterne" (German for "The girl under the lantern") - It became famous as "Lili Marleen" -- A German love song, first recorded by Lale Anderson in 1939 and became popular during World War II.
The Original German Lyrics:
Vor der Kaserne,
Unsere beide Schatten
Schon rief der Posten,
Deine Schritte kennt sie,
Aus dem stillen Raume,
Last revised: May 16, 2013
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