His … The Comedian Harmonists was a men's vocal group started in Germany at the end of the 1920s by Harry Frommerman, who dreamed of creating a German version of the American Revelers.
The group consisted of Harry Frommermann, Asparuh "Ari" Leschnikoff, Erich Collin, Roman Cycowski, Robert Biberti, and Erwin Bootz. The films they made did not survive. PE0127. Later, Frommermann, Collin, and Cycowski formed the Comedy Harmonists, with Ernst Engel, Hans Rexeis and Rudolf Mayneder, and resumed performing outside Germany.
They actually would met the Revelers when these were on an European tour in 1929, at the Berlin Scala. The Harmonists is a German made film that begins in 1927 and runs till 1934, dealing directly with the impact of the Nazis on the lives of the principal characters, members of a popular and very successful singing group, the Comedian Harmonists… The remarkable and poignant story of the Comedian Harmonists, an early 1930s German singing group that was forced by the Nazis to disband because three of its members were Jewish. The Comedian Harmonists were a German close-harmony singing group that was among Europe’s most successful prior to World War II. Robert Biberti, Ari Leschnikoff, and Erwin Bootz remained in Germany, added new members… The Harmonists, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, is the “based-on-a-true story” story of The Comedian Harmonists, an immensely popular singing group in pre-war Germany that eventually had to break up, as three of its six members … The Harmonists did it so well that they would soon become famous. The hallmark of the Comedian Harmonists was its members' ability to blend their voices together so that the individual singers could appear and disappear back into the vocal texture. Originally created in imitation of the American The Revelers (2) and called "The Melody Makers," the "Comedian Harmonists," a vocal quintet accompanied by a pianist, developed their own close harmony style. Once the original members of the Comedian Harmonists were dispersed by the consequences of Fascism in Europe, two groups, each featuring a core of three original members, resulted. This is an amended review because I strongly recommend that you also buy the 3 CD set "Golden Greats" on the Disky (a German) label as it contains songs not in this set including 5 songs by the "Comedy Harmonists", the group started by the three Jewish members … The group fell apart and three Jewish members … After some initial failures, the Harmonists soon found success, becoming popular throughout Europe, touring the United States, and appearing in 21 movies. The Harmonists were a sextet of singers from Germany, formed in 1928 with an ear cocked toward American music. Internationally successful German vocal group, founded in December 1927, split up in March 1935. Directed by Eberhard Fechner. DAS FRAEULEIN GERDA, Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen, Der Onkel Bumba aus Kalumba, EIN BISSCHEN LEICHTSINN KANN NICHTS SCHADEN, EINE KLEINE FRUEHLINGSWEISE, Ein Freund Ein Guter Freund, ICH HAB DAS FRAEUL'N HELEN BADEN … In 1933, their music as 'degenerate' and Jewish art seen and therefore prohibited. Comedian Harmonists: 26 of the Comedian Harmonists’ Legendary Recordings, incl. On 25 March 1934, with Jewish members of the group banned from performance, the Comedian Harmonists gave their last concert. Successor ensemble of the "Comedian Harmonists", the so-called Exile Group or Viennese Group (1935-1941).Note: Do not confuse with the English ANV "Comedy Harmonists" for the original "Comedian Harmonists" on British or Australian His Master's Voice releases. Robert Biberti, Ari Leschnikoff, and Erwin Bootz remained in Germany, added new members, and became "Das Meistersextett." Even members of the Nazi hierarchy were among their fans. Once the original members of the Comedian Harmonists were dispersed by the consequences of Fascism in Europe, two groups, each featuring a core of three original members, resulted. The banning of … A … The "American Exile Group" (1948-1949) In the spring of 1948 Collin founded a new group with American members under the name Comedian Harmonists, with whom he now acted as a baritone.
The group's success continued into the early 1930s, but eventually ran into trouble with the Nazi regime because three of the group members … Inspired by the Revelers and sounding like a Teutonic variation on the early Mills Brothers, a German vocal group calling themselves the Comedian Harmonists came together during the last few days of 1927 and the first weeks of 1928, soon achieving enormous popularity with audiences across Europe and in the U.S.A. Comedian Harmonists : Classic Recordings If you have ever been attracted to the instrumental vocalizations of anyone, The Kings Singers, The Swingle Singers, The Mills Brothers, or the Real Group to name a few, they are treading in the footsteps of the Comedian Harmonists who starred in twelve films and sold millions of records before they were suppressed by Hitler and banned from performing. Their international style in a band with Jewish members and American jazzistical influences also meant a blow of merriness and fresh air in pre-war Germany.