Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Dec 25, 2011 17:43:34 GMT
The brilliance of The Doors had to be their depth and they would tip a hat to jazz, poetry, film, blues and even Opera.
"Mack the Knife" or "The Ballad of Mack the Knife", originally "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer", was composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their 1928 music drama 'Die Dreigroschenoper', or, as it is known in English, 'The Threepenny Opera'.
The Brecht/Weill Alabama Song was part of their debut album and according to Jac Holzman the reason he signed them to Elektra when he heard them play it in 1966 at the LA Whisky.
The most famous version which made the song a staple of singers for decades came in 1954 when Louis Armstrong recorded a translation by Marc Blitzstein. Louis Armstrong - Mack The Knife
The Doors played it once as far as we know during the 1968 European tour when they slipped the intro into the Alabama Song at Stockholm's Konserthuset. Dorothy Fujikawa was the Brecht/Weill fan and it's clear that Morrison took an interest in her collection.