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WHY'D YA MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE? (Walter Donaldson) Benny Goodman & His Orch. (vocal: Martha Tilton) - 1938 Glenn Miller & His Orch. (vocal: Gail Reese) - 1939 Charlie & His Orch. (vocal: Karl Schwedler) - 1941 Also recorded by: Fats Waller Why'd ya make me fall in love Why'd ya mention stars above Why'd ya make me fall in love with you ? When I thought that love was blind Why'd ya make me change my mind Why'd ya make me fall in love with you ? Fine thing, Mister Smarty Fine thing, youthought you had a party Why'd ya make me fall so hard Should-a stayed in my own backyard Why'd ya make me fall in love with you ? (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - November 2004) ++++++++++ TRIVIA: Charlie & His Orchestra were an early 1940's Nazi-sponsored German propaganda swing band. Jazz music styles were considered rebellious by the Nazis, but, ironically, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels conceived of using the style in radio broadcasts aimed at Great Britain, Canada and the United States. British listeners could hear the band every Wednesday and Saturday at around 9 pm. The purpose of the band was to stir pro-Nazi sympathy, draw attention to World War II Allied losses, convince listeners that Great Britain was a pawn for American and Jewish interests, and carry Adolf Hitler's messages in an entertaining form. The songs stressed how badly the war was going for the target audience, and how it was only going to be a matter of time before they would be beaten. American swing and popular British songs were initially performed true to the original, until about the second or third stanza where pro-German lyrics and monologues would be introduced. The band was led by Lutz Templin with vocals by Karl "Charlie" Schwedler. They made over 90 recordings between March 1941 and February 1943. As recorded by CHARLIE & HIS ORCHESTRA: This is what a well known Broadway vocalist is asking his President now... Why'd ya make me go to fight Why'd ya mention Yankee might Why'd ya make me go to fight for you When I thought that war was blind Why'd ya make me change my mind Why'd ya make me go to fight for you Fine thing, Mister Smarty Fine thing, thought you had a party Why'd ya make me fall so hard Should-a stayed in your own backyard Why'd ya make me go to fight for you (Orchestral Break) Say, Frankie, why should I fight for you (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2011)

    


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