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Lale Anderson (born March 23, 1905 in Bremerhaven, Germany – died August 29, 1972 in Vienna, Austria) was a German singer and songwriter, who is best known for being the first ever artist to record the song “Lili Marleen” on August 1, 1939 (originally titled “Lied Eines Jungen Wachtpostens”). Anderson initially only sold 700 copies of her recording. The song became tremendously popular on both sides of the front during World War II, when it was frequently played by Radio Belgrad in the then-occupied Yugoslavia. Albeit Anderson was initially prohibited to perform by the Nazis, the song “Lili Marleen” in particular, she was later ordered by Joseph Goebbels to record Nazi propaganda songs, in both German and English.

Anderson maintained to have a successful career in music, until the late 1960s. She entered the Eurovision Song Contest for Germany in 1961, with “Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder”, only reaching #13 with just three points and thus becoming one of Germany’s lowest scoring entries. The 1967 farewell tour was followed by two best-selling books, including her chart-topping biography in 1972. Shortly after its release, Anderson died from a heart attack.


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Lale Andersen (23 March 1905 – 29 August 1972) was a German chanson singer-songwritera born in Bremerhaven, Germany. She is best known for her interpretation of the song Lili Marleen in 1939, which became world-famous on all sides during the second World War.

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  • zebrumera

    wow, i didnt know that radio beograd was responsible for lili marleen's huge popularity during the war.

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Musikhamster

    Unvergessen das Lied.Nur hoffentlich kommt die Zeit (1933-45) nie wieder.

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • AstralAndArcane

    Lili Marleen war das Lied unseres Zuges damals bei der Bundeswehr, da werden Erinnerungen wach!

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Arnoxp

    To old to rock`n roll to young to die.

    7 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Klaus183

    Schöne Kindheitserinnerungen. Mein Opa hörte sie mit Vorliebe.

    4 Oct 2007 Reply

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