Friday, February 27, 2009

Wayne Newton - Danke Schoen

Kurt Schwaback and Milt Gabler wrote 'Danke Schoen' lyrics in the style of old masters like Johny Mercer ...
Music was composed by Bert Kaempfert with a jazzy kick. This was the big hit for 21 year old Wayne Newton in 1963. It became an instant Las Vegas standard.
In German, "Danke schön" is equivalent to the English "thank you very much". It literally means "Thanks pretty", similar to the English "thank you kindly." The polite response is "bitte schön," which translates roughly and literally to "you're very welcome" and "pretty please" respectively. In English, the German letter "ö" can also be written as "oe" when the umlaut is unavailable.