Fred Raymond

Fred Raymond aka Raimund Friedrich Vesely (20 April 1900 – 10 January 1954) was an Austrian composer.

Raymond, born in Vienna, was the third child (after two daughters) of Vinzenz Vesely, an employee of the Austrian state railway system, and his wife Henriette, née Dluhos. Both parents were of Czech descent. They intended their son to study mining after high school, and pursure a career in the civil service. After the premature death of both his parents, Raymond studied at a commercial academy and trained as a banker.

Raymond composed operetta music as well as copious pieces for films and Schlager, which were very successful in the 1920s and 1930s and were commonly heard being sung and whistled in the streets. He became world-famous with his 1925 composition "Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren" ("I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg"), and his pieces were considered to be very much in the typical style of the 1920s, especially "Ich hab' das Fräulein Helen baden seh'n" ("I Saw Miss Helen Bathing") or "Ich reiß' mir eine Wimper aus" ("I Lost An Eyelash").

Due to a weak heart, he spent his military service with a propaganda company which served the Belgrade military transmitter. After the war, he took a short break from the Salzburg Radio Orchestra to go to Hamburg, where he finished his last two operettas, Geliebte Manuela (Beloved Manuela) and Flieder aus Wien (Lilacs from Vienna).

In 1951, he moved to a new home in Überlingen, where he spent three years with his young wife Eva-Maria before dying of a heart failure shortly before the birth of their son, Thomas. His marble grave is located in Überlingen, on the shore of Lake Constance, and is decorated with a lyre. To commemorate the eightieth year of his birth, a street was named after him in the Donaustadt district.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 20, 1900 (Vienna), Died January 10, 1954 (Überlingen)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33743 10-in. 11/3/1925 Ich hab' das Fraul'n Helen baden 'sehn Adolf Engel Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36033 10-in. 8/10/1926 Bailando el Charlestón Orquesta Internacional Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36760 10-in. 11/9/1926 Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren George Gut Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36911 10-in. 11/8/1926 Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren Manhattan Quartet Male vocal quartet, with 2 pianos composer  
Victor CVE-37246 12-in. 12/15/1926 Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren Heinrich Hopps Bauernkapelle Band composer  
Columbia W107257 10-in. November 1925 Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren Ivan Frank Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W206018 12-in. September 1928 Susann, Susann, Susann Adolf Engel Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0D1614 10-in. 6/3/1933 Edelweiss Orchester Ludwig Rüth Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone BW2176 10-in. 1/29/1929 In einer kleinen Konditorei George Kober Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Gramophone 0RA2273 10-in. 9/15/1937 Die Juliska aus Budapest Comedian Harmonists ; Meistersextett Male vocal ensemble, with piano composer  
Gramophone BKR2742 10-in. 1/20/1928 Mein Heidelberg Ich kenn dich nicht vergessen Marek Weber Orchestra Jazz/dance band. with male vocal quartet composer  
Gramophone 0RA3633 10-in. 1939 Wenn der Toni mit der Vroni Hans Carste Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer  
Gramophone BLR5393 10-in. 5/17/1929 In a little cafe Marek Weber Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone BDR8933 10-in. 8/20/1930 Meine Mutter was ein Rheinisches Kind Marcel Wittrisch Male vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4880 10-in. 5/30/1934 On n'a jamais vu ça Pierre Chagnon ; Adrien Lamy Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


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