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Mack the Knife

Mack the Knife
Single information
NameA Theme From The Threepenny Opera (Mack The Knife)
ArtistLouis Armstrong
B-side"Back O' Town Blues"
Released1956
Format7"
RecordedLos Angeles, CA
28 September, 1955
GenreJazz
Length3:25
LabelColumbia 40587
Coronet KS-349
SongwriterKurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, English lyrics Marc Blitzstein, arr. Turk Murphy

Mack the Knife

Single information
NameMack the Knife
ArtistBobby Darin
AlbumThat's All
B-side"Was There a Call for Me"
ReleasedAugust 1959
Format7"
RecordedDecember 19, 1958 at Fulton Studios, New York City
GenrePop, jazz
Length3:11 (Album version)
3:04 (Single version)
LabelAtco (U.S.)
London (UK)
SongwriterKurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht
Marc Blitzstein, Turk Murphy (English version)
Previous single"Dream Lover"
(1959)
Next single"Beyond the Sea"
(1960)

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"Mack the Knife" or "The Ballad of Mack the Knife", originally "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer", is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama Die Dreigroschenoper, or, as it is known in English, The Threepenny Opera. It premiered in Berlin in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. The song has become a popular standard.

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Here's the original song 'Die Moritat von Mackie Messer' from the 'Threepenny opera' sung by Bertolt Brecht. He wasn't a great singer but I like it anyway. I...
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Boby Darin Mack The Knife. Live in Las Vegas.
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Kevin Spacey sings Mack the Knife in the movie tribute to Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea. Spliced two sections of the movie to make for one continous rendition. ...
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The song "Mack the Knife" was witten by Kurt Weill for his wife Lotte Lenya. Here Ms Lenya sings "Mack the Knife" in its original German.
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"On Your Way Down" - A.V. Club (satire) (blog) Tweet this news
A.V. Club (satire) (blog)--Soundtrack to Hidalgo being sleazy: “-Mack The Knife-.” Albert: still unengaged and grumpy, but maybe feeling better after his meeting with the Road Home people. Toni: still chasing the police for answers and still hated by - Date : Mon, 09 May 2011 14:59:01 GMT+00:00
Hot Picks: Look out - Ol' Mack is Back at the Walterdale - Gig City Tweet this news
Gig City--T'was in olde London town that a beggar named Macheath - -Mack the Knife- - strove to wed a comely maiden named Polly. Suffice said, her father, the King of the Beggars, did not approve. Anyway, long story short, bada boom bada bing - pow! - Date : Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:32:48 GMT+00:00
Hark, good citizens: Ol' Mack is Back at the Walterdale - Gig City Tweet this news
Gig City--T'was in olde London town that a beggar named Macheath - -Mack the Knife- - strove to wed a comely maiden named Polly. Suffice said, her father, the King of the Beggars, did not approve. Anyway, long story short, bada boom bada bing - pow! - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:00:18 GMT+00:00
Pianist Darryl Ivey to join Bridgewater Jazz Ensemble for concert - Staunton News Leader Tweet this news
Staunton News Leader--The concert also includes guest pianist Darryl G. Ivey, who will be featured on “The Touch of Your Lips” by Ray Noble, arranged by Michael Abene; “-Mack the Knife-” by Kurt Weill, arranged by Sammy Nestico; and Herman Hupfeld - Date : Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:57:40 GMT+00:00
What's on your ipod? - Montreal Gazette Tweet this news
Montreal Gazette--On his new Live from Las Vegas album, due out May 10, Matt Dusk, assisted by a big band, breezes through Sin City evergreens like This Could Be the Start of Something Big, Luck Be a Lady and -Mack the Knife-, along with other standards a - Date : Tue, 29 Mar 2011 07:21:18 GMT+00:00
LIVE THEATRE REVIEW Threepenny Opera - See Magazine (blog) Tweet this news
See Magazine (blog)--The plot revolves around the “marriage” of Macheath (“-Mack the Knife-”) and Polly Peachum, whose father, JJ Peachum sells “begger's licences” to profit off of human pity and doesn't want his daughter tarnished t - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:41:36 GMT+00:00
Burien's John Bogar captures 'Mack the Knife' - Highline Times Tweet this news
Highline Times--Julie Briskman as Jenny and John Bogar as Macheath (-Mack the Knife-.) By Deanna Duff What do you want to be when you grow up? You could become a world traveler, a famous Broadway director or a valiant warrior. Burien native John Bogar has - Date : Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:46:15 GMT+00:00
'The Threepenny Opera' is a Hit: - The Rotunda Tweet this news
The Rotunda--For those who are not familiar with the story, it is the tale of Macheath, or -Mack the Knife's- wedding to Polly Peachum, the daughter to Mr. Peachum, labeled the "Poorest man in London" (he basically runs the beggars) - Date : Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:17:38 GMT+00:00
Cowell eyes Rat Pack cash - The Sun Tweet this news
The Sun--A source says: "Simon loves SAMMY DAVIS JR and FRANK SINATRA and once called big orchestra number -Mack The Knife-, 'The best song ever written'. ... - Date : Wed, 12 Jan 2011 02:01:05 GMT+00:00
Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular coming to New Brighton - Wirral News Tweet this news
Wirral News---...- with songs like Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady is a Tramp and -Mack the Knife- performed by some of the stylish singers in the business.--- - Date : Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:34:11 GMT+00:00

Original German text :
German Literal English translation

1954 Blitzstein translation :
German English translation



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