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Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife.

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Published on Jul 11, 2012

One can't post videos of Bobby Darin and not include "Mack The Knife.". It's simply not allowed. This is a 1959 TV appearance by Bobby. The tune was a smash hit..

The song was first introduced to American audiences in the first English-language production of The Threepenny Opera, which played on Broadway in 1933. The English lyrics were by Gifford Cochran and Jerrold Krimsky. However, that production was a complete flop and the song did not catch on. In the best known English translation, from the Marc Blitzstein 1954 version of The Threepenny Opera, which played Off-Broadway for well over six years, The words are
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"Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear, And he shows them pearly white Just a jack-knife has Macheath dear And he keeps it out of sight."

This is the version popularized by Louis Armstrong (1956) and Bobby Darin (1959—Darin's lyrics differ slightly), and most subsequent swing versions. Weill's widow, Lotte Lenya, the star of both the original 1928 German production and the 1954 Blitzstein Broadway version, was present in the studio during Armstrong's recording. He spontaneously added her name to the lyrics, which already named several of Macheath's female victims.

The rarely heard final verse—not included in the original play, but added by Brecht for the 1930 movie—expresses the theme, and compares the glittering world of the rich and powerful with the dark world of the poor:

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