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Haaaaar, me Hardy! When I was just a little shaver, barely old enough to raise my first goatee, I saw the Theatre de Lys production on Christopher Street with Lotte Lenya, the Teutonic Billie Holiday, as Pirate Jenny. I never got over it, and remain a beatnic to this day.
I really envy you. I never did see her myself although I have about a dozen records of her, including her German Dreigrossenopfer on Columbia and the movie soundtrack on MGM.
By the way, Bob Dylan seems to have had a similar experience to yours. In Chronicles he writes about hearing Lotte Lenya sing Pirate Jenny in the Village and thinking in a whole new way about how to structure a song. Listen to "When the Ship Comes In" and you can hear the influence.
I thumbed through Chronicles (Vol. 1) and couldn't find the reference to 3PO. Can you help with an exact page? TIA.
Sure, it's on pages 272-276. He calls it a "presentation of songs by Bertolt Brecht...and Kurt Weil," so maybe it wasn't 3PO. This was 1961 and I guess there was a revue of their songs at that venue.
This thread just inspired me to clean off an LP I have called "Mack the Knife and Other Berlin Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill" on RCA from 1966, by The Sextette of Orchestra USA (Eric Dolphy, Thad Jones, John Lewis, and others). Michael Zwerin created some stunning arrangements and there are some great runs by Dolphy, Thad, et al. Quite a gem.
Many thanks for the reference. It's a fabulous description of 3PO -- really a gem. I need to send that to Eric Gordon, Marc Blitzstein's biographer.
If you like Weill sung by Lotte Lenya, you've got to hear Columbia KL 5229 "September Song and other American theatre songs of Kurt Weill sung by Lotte Lenya" (does that take the prize for the longest record title?)
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