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Lale Andersen

Lale Andersen (23 March 1905 – 29 August 1972) was a German chanson singer-songwriter and actress born in Lehe (now part of Bremerhaven). She is best known for her interpretation of the song Lili Marleen in 1939, which by 1941 transcended the conflict to become World War II's biggest international hit. Popular with both the Axis and the Allies, Andersen's original recording spawned versions, by the end of the War, in most of the major languages of Europe, and by some of the most popular artists in their respective countries.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 23rd, 1905 (Lehe), Died August 29th, 1972 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0RA3869 10-in. 3/27/1939 Backbord ist links Lale Andersen ; Fritz Pasche Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  


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"Andersen, Lale." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

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