Paul Godwin Orch. & Leo Monosson - Schöner Gigolo, 1929





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Published on Apr 18, 2012

Paul Godwin m.s. Tanz-Orchester, Refrainges.: Leo Monosson - Schöner Gogolo, Tango (Leonello Casucci / Julius Brammer) Grammophon 1929 (Germany)

NOTE: This is my re-edition of the recording which had been presented by me in You Tube, in2007 (Gosh! It's been 5 years now!). It's one of my favourire recordings from the brilliant Weimar-Era in the long and rich history of the entertainment in Berlin. This beautiful tango, composed in 1929 by the Italian-Austrian composer, Leonello Casucci with the heartbreaking German text written by Julius Brammer, immediately became a sensation in Europe. Recorded by most of the European grandes vedettes (e.g. Damia and Berthe Sylva in France) in the had ben re-worked on by Irving Caesar and became also a great hit in the United States, under the title "Just a Gigolo". In Poland, it was performed first time on stage of the cabaret "Qui pro Quo" by Zula Pogorzelska, who danced it in a tango-sentimentale tempo, holding in her arms a full-size mannequin of a beautiful gigolo (although, Polish title was "Mały Gigolo", meaning "a little gigolo"). My aunt, who was a manic frequenter of all Qui pro Quo premieres, remembered that Pogorzelska, while singing, was occassionally turning towards the orchestra to invite one of the randomly indicated by her male viewers from the front row of the chairs, to come on stage and dance with her, in place of the poor, artificial "for-dancer" (in Polish, the word "gigolo" had slightly disdainful connotation and it was often displaced by the "for-dancer" - being a Polish version of the German "Vortanzer").

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Comments • 13

Jonas Ragaisis
A nostalgic tune. And...the lyrics. Jonas from  Kaunas.
Good music and impressive graphics!  Thank you for this video.
John Austin
Excellent sound and a comprehensive cavalcade of images offer an irrestible escape to the 1920s here. - John Austin, Australia 
I want tea dance!!!
Monosson was one heck of a handsome dude. Thanks for posting this poignant song once again. 
Trombonology Erstwhile
An extremely beautiful rendition of this tune -- quite different, obviously, from Louis Prima's rendering of "Just a Gigolo," from the '50's. I do feel, though, that Louis Armstrong's 1930 recording, with Caesar's lyric, also communicated the inherent sadness & weariness. ... Leo Monosson certainly was a handsome devil, as well as a fine vocalist. 
Nice to hear the original song. I just covered "Just a Gigolo" a couple weeks ago. This definitely has that European feel to it versus the American version.
Joe moglia
Thanks for posting
Rita Cirillo
bellissima canzone e bel video , la Germania alla vigilia della catastrofe nazista sembra un paese normale anche se già non lo era.
Polskie slowa napisal Marian Hemar. Piekna piosenka. SZ
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