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Fred Raymond

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Fred Raymond, actually 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, were he finished his last two operettas, Geliebte Manuela (Beloved Manuela) and Flieder aus Wien (Lilacs from Vienna).

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