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Bei Mir Bist Du Schon: All the Versions

After seeing it on  Catching the Waves, I am now testing  the new embedded yahoo media player.  Wow, it works!  I think I will start adding mp3 links to most of my posts. Let me know if it bothers you or if it has technical problems. Yahoo Media Player was the brainchild of Lucas Gonze  (who created the amazing webjay online playlist site in 2004). Click on the Play button to see the magic at work. Andrew Sisters

Aha, I see that the yahoo player will automatically embed every mp3 link on a web page. So after playing this Bei Mir bist du Schon link, the player proceeded  to the next mp3 on the page (which in this case is the fascinating but irrelevant  90 minute lecture about Internet freedom with James Fallows). Hey, that was a good talk, but I realize if you click on the Bei Mir Bist du Schon link, you hardly expect to hear James Fallows! To solve this problem, I guess I will just have to include multiple Bei Mir links (bummer!)

By the way, if any random web surfer has found this page through a similar obsession, let me mention some other  versions which give me shivers.

  • I heard a jazzy Russian version on a Russian music cassette (from a band that did jazzy cover versions of various songs; I remember one they did of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina which was particularly terrific). Anyway, if anyone knows who did this version or how to listen to it online, let me know.
  • The SwingChix Ukulele version of the Bei Mir on youtube is by my far my favorite modern version of the song. It is fresh, fun, silly, stylish and different.
  • The Barry Sisters version of the song is jazzy and elegant. Sung completely in Yiddish with cello and piano jazz band.
  • Yet another ukelele version with Sophie  Madeleine, Jocelyn Mackenzie & Emily Hope Price. Love the woman humming a horn part.
  • The Dutch female group Zazi puts in a fun upbeat version with adlibs and fun accents.

(By the way, I am officially NOT wondering about whether these versions ought to be available on archive.org).

This wiki page lists many  versions of the song. I eagerly await  the Pig Latin version of the song.

People who know me know about my obsession with the Andrew Sisters. I never tire of hearing their dynamite version of this song.

PS. I heartily recommend Swing It: The Andrew Sisters book by John Sforza (Read excerpts on Google books).

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • jamie s. 6/14/2015, 12:43 am

    Hi, very random question. I’m looking for a version of this song I can’t find anywhere. Problem is, I don’t know who sings it. I checked the Wiki link and there are just way too many. The one I’m looking for is sung by a man, not Klezmer-y, he’s American (at least I think he is, no accent), and has almost a Frank Sinatra-era feel. It wasn’t any of the ones you have on your list. Does that sound any kind of familiar? I grew up listening to it with my grandfather and I’m desperate to find it. I’d appreciate any help you can give. Thank you!

  • Kane Shepard 3/12/2017, 7:22 pm

    I have the same question as Jamie. I found the version he’s talking bout here but I can’t find the band that plays it http://swfchan. com/22/106637/?bei_mir_bist_du_sch%C3%B6n.swf

  • Mitchell 2/27/2018, 12:28 am

    Are there any contemporary versions…or rock versions from the 60’s – 80’s?

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