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The song has become a popular standard recorded by many artists, including a US and UK number one hit for Bobby Darin in A Moritat is a medieval version of the murder ballad performed by strolling minstrels. In The Threepenny Operathe Moritat singer with his street organ introduces and closes the drama with the tale of the deadly Mackie Messeror Mack the Knifea character based on the dashing highwayman Macheath in John Gay 's The Beggar's Opera who was in Mack The Knife - Various - More Mack The Knife based on the historical thief Jack Sheppard.
The Brecht-Weill version of the character was far more cruel and sinister and has been transformed into a modern anti-hero. The play opens with the Moritat singer comparing Macheath unfavorably with a shark and then telling tales of his crimes: arson, robbery, rape, murder.
The song was a last-minute addition that was inserted before its premiere in because Harald Paulsenthe actor who played Macheath, demanded that Brecht and Weill add another number that would more effectively introduce his character. Weill intended the Moritat to be accompanied by a barrel organwhich was to be played by the singer.
Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer, Doch das Messer sieht man nicht. And the shark, it has teeth, And it wears them in the face. And Macheath, he has a knife, But the knife can't be seen. The song was introduced to American audiences in in the first English-language production of The Threepenny Opera.
In the best-known English translationfrom the Marc Blitzstein version of The Threepenny Operawhich Mack The Knife - Various - More Mack The Knife Off-Broadway for over six years,  the words are:.
Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear, And he shows them pearly white Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear And he keeps it out of sight. Blitzstein's translation provides the basis for most of the popular versions heard today, including those by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin ; Darin's lyrics differ slightlyand most subsequent swing versions. Weill's widow, Lotte Lenyathe star of both the original German production and the Dancing Therapy - Various - Psycho Vixens Broadway version, was present in the studio during Armstrong's recording.
He spontaneously added her name to the lyrics "Look out, Miss Lotte Lenya" which already named several of Macheath's female victims. The Armstrong version was later used by Bobby Darin. The final stanza — not included in the original play, but added by Brecht for the movie —expresses the theme and compares the glittering world of the rich and powerful with the dark world of the poor:. There are some who are in darkness And the others are in light And you see the ones in brightness Those in darkness drop from sight.
This version, simply known as " Moritat ", is an extension of the story with completely new lyrics that expound upon the tales of Macheath's trail of activity. Here is an excerpt:. See the shark with teeth like razors All can read his open face And Macheath has Dellaurora Tu Sorgi Più Bella - Michele L.
Straniero - Coi Comforts Della Religione a knife, but Not in such an obvious place. This version was performed by Lyle Lovett on the soundtrack of the film Quiz Show. Darin's and Lovett's versions play over the opening and closing credits, respectively. This interpretation was recorded by Sting and Nick Cave in the later part of the s. The new translation attempted to recapture the original tone of the song:. Though the shark's teeth Falken É Lös - Various - Skrejpen 2! be lethal Still you see them white and red But you won't Siempre Que Me Muevo Es En Ti - Various - Proclamaré Tu Amor Mackie's flick knife Cause he slashed you and you're dead.
Dick Hyman recorded an instrumental version in but "Mack the Knife" was introduced to the United States hit parade by Louis Armstrong inbut the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darinwho recorded his version at Fulton Studios on West 40th Street, New York Cityon December 19, with Tom Dowd engineering the recording. Even though Darin was reluctant to release the song as a single,  in it reached number one on the Billboard Hot and number six on the Black Singles chart, and earned him a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Dick Clark had Mack The Knife - Various - More Mack The Knife Darin not to record the song because of the perception that, having come from an opera, it would not appeal to the rock and roll audience. Mack The Knife - Various - More Mack The Knife subsequent years, Clark recounted the story with good humor. Frank Sinatrawho recorded the song with Quincy Jones on his L. Is My Lady album, called Darin's the "definitive" version. Billboard ranked this version as the No.
Darin's version was No. Ella Fitzgerald made a famous live recording in released on Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife in which, after forgetting the lyrics after the first stanza, she improvised new lyrics in a performance that earned her a Grammy Award. Swiss band The Young Gods radically reworked the song in industrial style, while jazz legend Sonny Rollins recorded an instrumental version entitled simply " Moritat " in Ray Conniff recorded a version for orchestra and chorus in for the album, The Happy Beat.
Frank Sinatra has added this song to his repertoire in in an arrangement by Frank Foster ;  Sinatra and Jimmy Buffett recorded a duet of the song for Sinatra's final album Duets II Liberace performed the song in five styles: as originally written, in the style of the " Blue Danube Waltz ", as a music boxin a bossa nova rhythm, and in what Liberace considered a popular American style, boogie-woogie. The song has been parodied numerous times. Steve Martin parodied "Mack the Knife" in his opening monologue to the premiere of Saturday Night Live ' s third season in There was a skit on The Muppet Showwhere the characters play upon the sinister nature of the lyrics.
Michael Nesmith included "Mack the Knife" within one of three "5 Second Concerts" on his Live at the Britt Festival album recordedreleasedpairing it with the theme from Jaws to become "Jaws the Knife". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Song by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. For other uses, see Mack the Knife disambiguation. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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