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Julius Brammer

Julius Brammer (9 March 1877 – 18 April 1943) was an Austrian librettist and lyricist. Some of his better-known works were written in conjunction with the composers Emmerich Kálmán, Oscar Straus, Leo Ascher, Edmund Eysler and Robert Stolz.

Brammer was born in Sehraditz, Moravia (now: Sehradice near Zlín), the son of Hermann and Julie. He trained as an actor and first appeared in the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. He later transferred to Vienna, where he became involved in operetta productions at the Theater an der Wien. From 1908 he concentrated on writing libretti, often with Alfred Grünwald, and became one of the leading creative artists of the Vienna "Silver Operetta Period" (about 1900 to 1920).

After the Anschluss, as a Jew, he was forced to emigrate and went to Paris, and after the fall of that city to the unoccupied south of France, where he died in Juan-les-Pins.

One of his most enduring numbers, still popular in several translations, is "Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo", in English "Just a Gigolo" (lyrics by Julius Brammer, music by Leonello Casucci). It was recorded by many musicians of the time, including Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Dajos Béla and Richard Tauber, later by Louis Prima, and is still being recorded in different languages. The song appeared in a 1931 film, a 1932 Betty Boop cartoon, a 1978 movie and a 1993 TV-series, all titled after the song.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 9th, 1877 (Sehradice), Died April 18th, 1943 (Juan-les-Pins)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-34609 10-in. 2/11/1926 Grüss' mir mein Wien Adolf Engel Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor PBVE-61078 10-in. 3/2/1931 Just a gigolo Bing Crosby Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BVE-67757 10-in. 1/5/1931 Just a gigolo Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia [W]151148 10-in. 1/7/1931 Just a gigolo Sid Garry Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano lyricist  
Columbia W151213 10-in. 1/14/1931 Just a gigolo Al Shayne Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-71042 12-in. Nov. 1922 Wenn die Sterne am Himmel leuchten Iwan Frank Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh W404420 10-in. 3/9/1931 Just a gigolo Louis Armstrong ; Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W404814 10-in. 1/26/1931 Just a gigolo Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E36032 10-in. 2/6/1931 Just a gigolo Ross Colby Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E36057 10-in. 2/11/1931 Just a gigolo Harry Richman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E24153-E24154 10-in. 8/4/1927 Weinlied Karl Priester Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brammer, Julius," accessed September 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103537.

Brammer, Julius. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103537.

"Brammer, Julius." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103537

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