Robert Gilbert

Robert Gilbert (born Robert David Winterfeld) (29 September 1899, Hamburg, Germany – 20 March 1978, Minusio, Switzerland) was a German composer of light music, lyricist, singer, and actor. His father was Max Winterfeld, a composer and conductor who went by the pen name of Jean Gilbert. His brother was Henry Winterfeld, an author of children's books. Sometimes described as a "divided author", his early depression-era poem "Stempellied" about living on the dole was set to music by Hanns Eisler. But "Am Sonntag will mein Süsser mit mir segeln gehen" ("On Sunday I'll go sailing with my Sweetheart") and "Das gibt's nur einmal" ("It Happens Only Once"), became his better known work.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 29, 1899 (Berlin), Died March 20, 1978 (Minusio)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-71741 10-in. 5/24/1932 I'd love to be loved once again Jesse Crawford ; Frank Luther Pipe organ solo, with male vocal solo songwriter  


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