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
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brammer, Julius," accessed May 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103537.
Brammer, Julius. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103537.
"Brammer, Julius." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 May 2021.
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