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Digging through a box of 78’s the other day and found a nice copy of a Lale Andersen record, called Lied Eines Jungen Wachtpostens (Lili Marlen) dating back to the 1940’s. Lili Marlen (also known as “Lili Marleen”) is a German love song which became popular throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, among both Axis and Allied troops, during World War II. It was first recorded by Lale Andersen in 1939 and I believe my Shellac copy dates back to 1941. It was later recorded by Marlene Dietrich in 1944 and became a massive success. I’ve loaded it up on auction at eBay tonight and it’s already attracting interest, so it will be interesting to see how things go over the next few days.

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