Dubas Música – 60249823856 – Originally released in 1970. João Donato – A Bad Donato. Acoustic Guitar – Oscar Neves. Organ, Piano – Donato. Bass – Chuck Domanico. Drums – Dom Um Romao, Mark Stevens, Paulino. Electric Guitar – Warren Klein. Flute – Bud Shank. Percussion – Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro. Reeds – Bill Hood, Don Menza, Ernie Watts, Jack Nimitz. Trombone – Jimmy Cleveland, Ken Shroyer. Trumpet – Conti Candoli, Jimmy Zito, Pete Candoli.
Nice going Kaminari! Looks like self deprecating humour went right over her head yet that was probably for the better, now that he thought about it would be concerning if she responded with an understanding tone.
“It was a joke! No worries Nejire-senpai, but for next time what kind of jokes do you like hmM~?”
“I’ll tell you now that watt people don’t know is I have some pretty shocking jokes~!”
It’s about time for a revisit to this song. Just as popular in Rapture as it was in the surface, this song can be heard from Neptune’s Bounty to Fort Frolic to Hephaestus and all the way to Siren Alley.
However, this is the original record from 1937 that sent customers and record store clerks scrambling for copies of that French hit “My Mere Bits of Shame”, “Buy a Beer, Monsieur Shane”, “Mr. Barney McShane”, or “My Dear Mr. Shane”. Title-mangling aside, the song has a uniquely cosmopolitan feel as a Yiddish tune with a Germanized title along with Italian and German lyrics.
After several false starts, the Andrews Sisters were still struggling to find a hit record. Then on a cold January morning, they were awoken by their father in their Manhattan apartment who hurried them to a record shop on 45th and Broadway. Traffic had come to a stop and people were crowded around a speaker playing a new song. Soon the sisters would be launched from vaudeville obscurity to stardom.
The records sold at least a quarter million copies by the end of January. The song was so popular for the fledgling Decca label that it was reissued at least three times for the next ten years.
The Andrews Sisters (left to right: Patty, LaVerne, Maxene) with Sholom Secunda, the composer of “Bay mir bistu sheyn“
After having moderate success singing for the hotel circuit with their arranger, pianist, and trumpeter Vic Schoen, The Andrews Sisters were nearly ready to pack up and head home to Minnesota. Their Greek parents wanted them home in Minneapolis and attend secretarial school.
Stories vary widely, but Dave Kapp somehow managed to hear the Andrews Sisters on one of their last broadcasts with the hotel orchestra. His brother, Jack Kapp was president of Decca Records and was searching for a replacement for the Boswell Sisters who retired in 1935. They were Andrews Sisters early idols, so much that they tried to sing with the Boswells’ Southern accents.
The Andrews Sisters’ first record for Decca was “Why Talk About Love?” and “Just a Simple Melody” with Vic Schoen as their arranger. They were awarded a flat fee of $50 instead of royalties. They pioneered their close harmonies and swing vocal techniques that would prove to be their success in later years. However, the record didn’t sell well.
Although they were worried that Decca would drop them, Jack Kapp invited the Andrews Sisters back for a second recording session on November 24, 1937.
The A-side was meant to cash in on the hit George and Ira Gershwin song “Nice Work If You Can Get It” sung by Fred Astaire in A Damsel in Distress.
The B-Side was meant to be filler with an obscure song composed by Sholom Secunda with lyrics by Jacob Jacobs for a 1932 Yiddish musical I Would If I Could. The original Yiddish title “Bei Mir Bistu Shein” translates to “To Me You’re Beautiful”.
However, Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin discovered the song in 1937 and re-orchestrated it for a swing tempo while translating it into English. The Yiddish title was retained as “Bei Mir Bistu Shein” but was also Germanized as “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön”.
Stories again vary on who gave the song to the Andrews Sisters. Lyricist Sammy Cahn said that he found the sheet music and showed it to Lou Levy, manager of the Andrews Sisters and his roommate. Patty Andrews said that she found the sheet music that Cahn was translating in his apartment, thought it was a Greek song, and asked him to play a sample. Vic Schoen said that he found the sheet music in the shop of a lobby of a Yiddish theater in 2nd Ave and passed it to Levy who gave it to Cahn and Chaplin. Lou Levy said that he bought the sheet music for 15 cents and gave it to the sisters.
Maxene Andrews had a more inclusive story saying that Lou Levy had offered his apartment, whom he shared with Sammy Cahn, for the sisters to rehearse. Levy came in suggesting this song and warbled a few bars in Yiddish. Vic Schoen plucked out a quick head arrangement on the piano which the sisters liked. In lieu of English lyrics, later supplied by Cahn, Levy taught the song in Yiddish phonetically.
However the song got the the Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen arranged it with then-unknown studio musicians, many who would go on to have famous careers: Bobby Hackett on trumpet, Al Philburn on trombone, Don Watt on clarinet, Frank Froeba on piano, Dave Barbour on guitar, and Stan King on drums.
The sisters had to borrow $25 from a friend to buy Christmas presents for their parents. The record hit the streets in December 1937 and the rest is history.