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Source: http://www.yiddishradioproject.org/exhibits/ymis/ymis.php3?pg=2

According to The Yiddish Radio Project, the story of this tune's stratospheric rise is as unlikely as that of Yiddish swing itself. “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” was composed by Sholom Secunda for a 1932 Yiddish musical that opened and closed in one season.

Fast-forward to 1937. Lyricist Sammy Cahn and pianist Lou Levy were catching a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem when two black performers called… read more

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