Oh! My Pa-Pa by Eddie Fisher – 1954
I could not resist adding this – I get so many requests – out at German shows – to play this – though I remember it as being sung by Eddie Fisher – the singer that dumped Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor!!!!
“O mein Papa” is a German song, as related by a young woman remembering her beloved, once-famous clown father. Included in a musical in 1950 as Feuerwerk (Fireworks) to a libretto by Erik Charell, Jürg Amstein, and Robert Gilbert. In 1954, that musical was turned into the film Feuerwerk with Lilli Palmer.
Link – Oh My Pa Pa – LEVEL 1.5
About the Song:
Under the original German title, an instrumental version by trumpeter Eddie Calvert topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954, and was also a Top 10 hit in the US.
It was adapted into English by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons under the title “Oh! My Pa-Pa”. A recording by Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter’s orchestra and chorus was made at Webster Hall, New York City.
Fisher’s recording became a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard chart in 1954. Fisher’s version also made the UK Top 10; thus, in the UK, Calvert’s version was number one while Fisher’s made the top 10, but missed the top spot, and in the U.S., the opposite occurred. Calvert’s version was the first UK number one hit recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The song returned to Abbey Road when Brian Fahey conducted an instrumental version in 1960, to be used as a backing track for Connie Francis‘ English-Yiddish recording for her album Connie Francis Sings Jewish Favorites. Francis overdubbed her vocals in Hollywood. In June 1966, Francis overdubbed the same playback once more, this time with the original German lyrics for her German concept album Melodien, die die Welt erobern.