Night Music: Earliest memories

I was watching something the other night and it triggered memories of the very first music that registered in my infant mind.  It must have been January or February 1954, and I was not yet four and a half. It may be that my parents had just bought a radio, a Christmas present to themselves maybe. The song was “Oh, Mein Papa”.

I would have had no idea, of course, but there were two competing versions at that time looking for airtime: a vocal by Eddie Fisher, and an instrumental by Eddie “The Man With The Golden Trumpet” Calvert. Between them they must have got a lot of play because sixty-plus years later I can still remember all the lyrics and whistle the Calvert arrangement.

Today, having listened to both of them again today, I’d go for the Calvert version, by a whisker. Here, you decide ….


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