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Charlie and his Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra also referred to as the "Templin band" and "Bruno and His Swinging Tigers" were a Nazi -sponsored German propaganda swing band. Jazz music styles were seen by Nazi authorities as rebellious but, ironically, propaganda minister N Deel Van Jou - Drukwerk - n Deel Van Jou Goebbels conceived of using the style in shortwave radio broadcasts aimed initially at Tommy Dorsey And His Orche United Kingdomand later the United Statesafter the German declaration of war on 11 December British listeners heard the band every Wednesday and Saturday at about 9 pm.
During the s there was a great demand in Germany for jazz music, especially swing which included Le Mie Amiche (Album Version) - La Pina - Le Mie Amiche (Remix) of the big band sound.
However, such African and American influences were viewed as counter to goals of German racial purity; by they were outlawed, and the Nazis informally labeled it as Negermusik. An underground jazz scene, however, persisted in Berlin. Here bandleader Lutz Templin and drummer Fritz Brocksieper brought together key swing figures of the late s, including singer Karl Schwedler "Charlie"clarinetist Kurt Abraham and trombone player Willy Berking.
They escaped notice by pasting pro-German lyrics over sheet music and using instruments like harpsichords for boogie-woogie rhythms. Goebbels recognized that both art and propaganda were meant to bring about a spiritual mobilization in its audience, and was well aware of the popularity of swing and big band music in Allied countries.
He gave permission to bring Berlin's best Easy - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra musicians into the music-propaganda program, and in Charlie and his Orchestra was born.
As an official Reichsministerium band, the group made over 90 recordings between March and February Schwedler was permitted to travel to neutral and occupied countries to collect jazz and dance music, which helped the band and propaganda ministry to produce more recordings.
Outside their "official" duties, many members of the band supplemented Easy - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra income by playing in underground venues. Bybombardment by Allied planes took a toll on German broadcast operations; the studio, employees and musicians were moved to southern Germany to perform on the Reichssender Stuttgart radio station. Even when the city finally came under attack the band played jazz hits live on international shortwave radio, as German domestic stations played the "cuckoo" air-raid warning.
After the war the musicians reorganized under Fritz Brocksieper with the name Freddie Brocksieperbut were still recognized as "Goebbels' band". Schwedler in varying accounts either emigrated to the US inor Doolin-Dalton (Instrumental) - Eagles - Eagles a businessman who retired at Tegernsee.
The purposes of the band were to encourage German sympathies, draw attention to World War II Allied losses, convince listeners that Great Britain was a pawn for American and Jewish interests and convey German dictator Adolf Hitler 's messages in an entertaining form. The songs stressed how badly the war was going for the target audience, and how it would be only a matter of time until they would be defeated.
American swing and popular British songs were initially performed true to the originals until the second or third stanza, when pro-German lyrics and monologues would be introduced. Later, the entire lyric would Tommy Dorsey And His Orche modified clearly based on the original. The band Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra recorded unaltered cover versions of popular songs. Many of the members of Charlie and his Orchestra went on to successful careers in music after the war.
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