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Louis Armstrong and the All Stars 1956 Mack The Knife (Live)

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Uploaded on Jun 27, 2011

Mack The Knife - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars - Satchmo the Great recorded on May 24, 1956, Accra, Ghana (some tracks may have been recorded in New York City on July 14, 1956). Mack The Knife or "The Ballad of Mack the Knife", originally "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer", is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama Die Dreigroschenoper, or, as it is known in English, The Threepenny Opera. It premiered in Berlin in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. The song has become a popular standard. A moritat (from mori meaning "deadly" and tat meaning "deed") is a medieval version of the murder ballad performed by strolling minstrels. In The Threepenny Opera, the moritat singer with his street organ introduces and closes the drama with the tale of the deadly Mackie Messer, or Mack the Knife, a character based on the dashing highwayman Macheath in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. The Brecht-Weill version of the character was far more cruel and sinister, and has been transformed into a modern anti-hero. The play opens with the moritat singer comparing Macheath (unfavorably) with a shark, and then telling tales of his robberies, murders, rapes, and arson. Mack the Knife was introduced to the United States hit parade by Louis Armstrong in 1956 The Band: Louis Armstrong Tp Vcl; Trummy Young Tb Vcl; Edmund Hall Cl; Billy Kyle Pn; Arvell Shaw Bs; Barrett Deems Dr Track 06 of 10 Submited by ULAJAZZ

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