Danke Schön

For today’s blog I have a  video I made a few years ago for YouTube of the song Danke Schön.

The song was released as a bonus track on a compilation CD in 2003 entitled All By Myself.

Dame Shirley Bassey performed this song live at several venues in the early eighties.

From that same year 2003 I have an interview from Saga magazine with special thanks to Audrey for sending it to us. I hope you enjoy the article and the clip.
Lyrics by Kurt Schwabach and Milt Gabler; Music by Bert Kaempfert

The song was a huge hit in the sixties for Wayne Newton. He achieved chart success in the US with the single, and the album of the same title. The song also formed part of the soundtrack for the eighties movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Bert Kaempfert may only be known to modern audiences, if at all, as the fellow who first recorded the Beatles in Hamburg, but he ought to be recognized for far more than just that inadvertent milestone. A winning tunesmith and clever arranger/conductor, Kaempfert also came up with an original, infectious, durable, contemporary extension of the swing era in his easy listening albums of the 1960s. He struck gold when he harnessed the appeal of a lead trumpet melody line in “Wonderland By Night” (a number one hit in America), then discovered what a thumping Fender bass allied with swinging brushed drums and rhythm guitar could do to give an infectious lift to layers of voices, flutes, brass, and strings. This double-LP set gives you a good deal of the story in one deluxe package, complete with outrageously hyped-up liner notes and evocative photos of the recording sessions. Along the way, you’ll hear the superb original versions of several Kaempfert-penned hits made ubiquitous by other artists, such as “L-O-V-E” (Nat “King” Cole), “Strangers in the Night” and “The World We Knew” (Frank Sinatra), “Danke Schoen” (Wayne Newton), and “Spanish Eyes” (Al Martino). Then there are the catchy Kaempfert recordings that you might recognize from ’60s television shows. “A Swingin’ Safari,” a hit for Billy Vaughn in a copycat arrangement, served as the opening music for The Match Game, and “That Happy Feeling” was the theme song for Sandy Becker, the star of a popular New York City children’s show. Circulating throughout several of the tracks is the pithy, jazzy trumpet of Fred Moch, and the photo of the unidentified session drummer suggests that he might have been as hip a character as his playing sounds.

Wayne Newton:
Born in 1942 in Roanoke, Virginia, Newton began singing professionally at the age of six, and formed a rockabilly duo with his brother Jerry after the family moved to Phoenix in the mid-’50s. The pair was featured on a local TV show while still in their pre-teens, and moved to Las Vegas in the early ’60s for a five-year engagement (recording as well, for both Capitol and George Records). By 1963, Jerry had dropped out of the act, and Wayne returned to Capitol to begin recording as a solo act, under the tutelage of Bobby Darin. Newton’s first three singles charted well, led by 1963’s Top 20 hit “Danke Schoen” (a staple of Newton’s act for the rest of his life)

Despite the acres of fame and riches (and winning a libel lawsuit against a 1991 NBC documentary which questioned if mob money had helped buy the Aladdin), Newton was forced to file bankruptcy in the early ’90s. Several multi-million dollar performances around the world cured his financial blues, and in no time he was back on top. Newton has been cameo featured in several films, including The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Vegas Vacation.

Lyrics:

Danke schoen, darlings danke schoen
Thank you for seeing me again
Though we go on our separate ways
Still the memory stays, for always my heart says

danke schoen darlings danke schoen
Thank you for seeing me again
Though we go on our separate ways
Still the memory stays, for always my heart says

danke schoen darlings danke schoen
Thank you for seeing me again
Though we go on our separate ways
Still the memory stays, for always my heart says

danke schoen darlings danke schoen
Thank you for seeing me again
Though we go on our separate ways
Still the memory stays, for always my heart says

danke schoen darlings danke schoen
Thank you for seeing me again
Though we go on our separate ways
Still the memory stays, for always my heart says

Danke schoen, auf Wiedersehen