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.
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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
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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|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Raymond, Fred," accessed May 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109199.
Raymond, Fred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109199.
"Raymond, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 May 2023.
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LCNAR: Raymond, Fred, 1900-1954 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no91028359
Wikidata: Fred Raymond - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q86235
MusicBrainz: Fred Raymond - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/f71e2d94-0bf8-471c-99df-ea95c506677b
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