"I want to make music for everyone. It must be enjoyed by all. Otherwise it is pointless."
Includes four bonus tracks: One Smile Away (previously unissued), Blue Avenue (previously unissued), Raining In My Heart and Smile.
Sound Engineer: Peter Klemt
Concept & Text: Bert Kaempfert Music, Hamburg
Translation: Angela Schumacher
Design: LOGICON HAMBURG
Polydor 539 115-2 (deleted)
Bert Kaempfert's great breakthrough came in 1960 with his No. 1 hit in the USA, Wonderland By Night, which went on to conquer the world. He was the first German bandleader to be awarded a gold record in the USA. DJs in the American music magazine Cash Box voted his orchestra "Band of the Future."
In 1968 Bert Kaempfert won no less than five of the annual BMI awards in New York in the category of "most played compositions" for Lady, Spanish Eyes, Strangers In The Night, Sweet Maria and The World We Knew.
In 1974 "Mr. Invisible" received triumphant applause at his first two live concerts in London's Royal Albert Hall. At the early age of 56, Bert Kaempfert died of a stroke on 21 June 1980. That his music and compositions have a firm place in international music life is emphasized by numerous posthumous awards. In June 1993 he was elected to "The Songwriters' Hall of Fame" in New York - the first German to receive this most prestigious of all international awards.
Forever My Love
The recording of FOREVER MY LOVE, released in America as MOON OVER MIAMI, took place in April 1975 in Hamburg with soloists Ack van Rooyen (flugelhorn and trumpet), Herb Geller (flute) and Jiggs Whigham (trombone).
Five of the original works on this album were written by Bert Kaempfert together with his musical partner Herbert Rehbein: the snappy Reggae Romp, where the trumpets and trombones toss the melody back and forth and the flutes occasionally shimmer through, is reminiscent of Kaempfert's famous "Afrikaan Sound"; Cry Baby Cry, thickly scored and restful, Forever My Love, a romantic number which lent its title to the album; Walkin' And Shoutin' which looks to rhythm and blues as regard both form and melody; and Soft Shoulders, a number with a real bossa nova feeling to it which manages admirably without a true melody. The colorful interplay of the trombones and trumpets lends the number charm and it finally dies away with flurrying strings. I Love You So was written by Herbert Rehbein as early as 1964 with the solo trombone in mind.
The remaining six titles are all true hits. Moon Over Miami, composed in 1935, attained great popularity through frequent radio play and in recordings by Connie Boswell, Eddy Duchin and later Vaughn Monroe and George Sheering. In 1941 it served as the title music for the film musical of the same name with such great stars as Betty Grable, Don Ameche and Robert Cummings. My Prayer from 1939 was composed by the violinist Georges Boulanger and is also known under its French title of Avant de mourir. The work was a hit for such contrasting performers as Glenn Miller and his singer Ray Eberle, The Ink Spots, and The Platters who shot to the very top of the hit parade with the song in 1956. The present recording reflects the original scoring of the work for violin. Herbert Rehbein, who enjoyed a classical violin training, impresses with his performance of the solo part in this recording. On The Sunny Side Of The Street was premièred in "The International Revue," a spectacular Broadway show from 1930, and was heard in many film musicals later. The cheerful melody has lost nothing of its popularity over the years and has taken its place among the evergreens. The electrifying, swinging perdido is a composition which immediately brings Duke Ellington and his orchestra to mind. It was written in 1942 for Ellington by the Puerto Rican-born trombonist Juan Tizol and is today one of the best known jazz pieces. Pagan Love Song was first heard in 1929 in the early film musical "The Pagan" where it was performed by Ramon Novarro. Twenty-one years later it was heard again in the cinema, this time sung by Howard Keel in the musical of the same name. Bert Kaempfert lends the song a touch of the south seas through chromatic turns and sparkling glissandi on the harp which are enhanced by a Hawaiian guitar - heard here for the first and last time in Kaempfert recordings.
The Theme From "The Godfather, Part II" is the only "classic" to come from more recent times. The melody, a hit in its day, is the main theme from the second film of the Mafia trilogy "The Godfather." It was written by the Italian composer Nino Rota who received an Oscar for his music to this film.
Kaempfert fans will be pleased to find two numbers among the four bonus tracks which have long been in demand. Raining In my Heart and the title number, written by Charlie Chaplin, are taken from Bert Kaempfert's last LP SMILE which was produced in 1979. One Smile Away, and original composition, is a studio recording from 1976 which has only been previously released on the live album BERT KAEMPFERT IN CONCERT. Blue Avenue is the sensational new discovery from the tape archive. It was also recorded in 1976 and has never been released before.