Sunday, March 23, 2014



“March on the Drina”

The March on the Drina (Serbian Cyrillic: Марш на Дрину, Serbian Latin: Marš Na Drinu) is a Serbian patriotic march which was composed by Stanislav Binički during World War I. 
 Binički dedicated it to his favourite commander in the Serbian Army, who had been killed during the Battle of Cer. The song experienced widespread popularity during and after the war and came to be seen by Serbs as a symbol of resistance to the Great Powers. Following World War II, it was prohibited in Communist Yugoslavia. Nevertheless, it was played at the presentation ceremony for the Nobel Prize in Literature when Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić was named a Nobel laureate in 1961.

The lyrics to the song were written many decades after Binički composed it, by poet and journalist Miloje Popović, in 1964 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Cer. English lyrics were added in 1964 by American songwriter Vaughn Horton for a recording by Patti Page under the title Drina (Little Soldier Boy). German lyrics were added by Walter Rothenburg in 1974 and Bert Olden in 1976. Milutin Popović Zahar added Serbian lyrics to a version entitled "Svirajte Mi Mars na Drinu" in 1989. An eponymous 1964 Yugoslav film was made by the Avala Film studio in Belgrade that featured the march in a historical dramatization of the 1914 Battle of Cer.

The composition became an international hit and a staple of world music after Danish guitarist Jørgen Ingmann had a number one hit on the Danish pop singles chart in 1963 in a version arranged for solo electric guitar on the Swedish Metronome Records label. His recording was also released in West Germany, where it reached #5, in the UK, in France, and in the U.S. on ATCO Records, 6277. Patti Page, The Shadows, Chet Atkins, Frankie Yankovic, Horst Wende, and James Last also recorded the song.

Popular international versions:

  *  Jørgen Ingmann - "Marchen Til Drina" as a Metronome 45 single, B 1575, Denmark, 1963. Charts: #1, Denmark; #5, Germany 
  *  The Shadows - "March to Drina" on the EMI Records album Shadow Music (1966)

   * Patti Page - "Drina (Little Soldier Boy)" released as a Columbia 45 A side single, 43078, US; EP in Portugal, CBS 6195, 1964. English lyrics were written by American songwriter Vaughn Horton.

   * Chet Atkins - "Drina" on the RCA Victor album From Nashville With Love, 1966

   * James Last - on the Polydor LP Trumpet A Go Go, Vol. 3, Germany, 1968; James Last recorded the song in 1988 with Dutch flutist Berdien Stenberg, Flute Fiesta LP, Polydor 837 116-1

  *  The Nashville String Band featuring Chet Atkins and Homer and Jethro - "Drina" on the eponymous RCA Victor album, 1969

   * Frankie Yankovic - "Drina (Little Soldier Boy)" on the CBS LP Saturday Night Polka Party, 1967

   * Radomir Mihailović Točak - "Marš..." on the EP "Marš..." / " Drinu" (PGP RTB 1984), Yugoslavia

   * Laibach - "Mars on River Drina" on the album NATO (1994), Slovenia, released on the Mute label, based in London

   * The Jokers - "Drina" as a Discostar and Brunswick 45 single, Belgium, 1963

  *  The Spotnicks - "Drina" as a 45 single on Swedisc and W & G, Sweden; on CNR in Holland as "Drina Mars", 1964. Rerecorded in 1977. Charts: #8, Holland.

 *   Leon Young String Chorale- "Drina" as a 45 single, UK, Columbia, 7236, 1964

 *   Will Glahé's Bohème Ballhouse Band - "Drina Marsch" on Decca LP, 1964

  *  Bert Landers & Konrad Grewe - "Drina Marsch" from the album Schlager-Cocktail: Die 16 Spitzenschlager


  * Horst Wende und sein Orchester – "Drina Marsch", Polydor 52 172, 7" 45 single, Germany, 1963; Roberto Delgado, pseudonym of Horst Wende, released as 45 single with picture sleeve in Italy as by Roberto Delgado e la sua orchestra, "March to Drina", Polydor 52172

  *  Die Kirmesmusikanten /or De Kermisklanten/  - "Drina Marsch", 7" 45 single, RCA, Germany, 1975.

  *  Gunter Noris und die Big Band der Bundeswehr - WM-Parade, CBS 80218, Germany, 1974

  *  Arne Domnerus Sekstett - on the LP Ja, Vi Älskar, Zarepta ZA 36010, Norway, 1978

  *  South African organist Cherry Wainer - on the LP Musik Im Blut, Discoton 75289, Germany; Hammond Organ: Light and Lively, double LP album, Polydor, 583 570, UK, 1964; Rhythmus im Blut LP, Polydor, 237 359, Germany, 1967; Cherry Wainer and Her Magic Hammond Organ LP, on Polydor, 236 036, 1967; Hammond Non Stop LP, Polydor Special 2418-188, 1969

 *   Ljubivoje Vidosavljević, Narodni Orkestar Carevac – "Marš Na Drinu", with lyrics by Miloje Popovic, PGP RTB, EP 12298, Yugoslavia, 1966

   * Kurt Henkels und sein Tanzorchester, 1973

  *  Bauernkapelle Mindersdorf - on the album In der Musikscheune, Tyrolis, Germany, 2008

  *  Countdown Studio Band in 2006 as "Drina March"

 *   Moravian Wind Band on the CD collection Leuchtturm, 2003

  *  Captain Harp - on the LP Harmonica Highlights as "Drina-Marsch" as part of "Balkan Medley" by the Picca-Trio in an arrangement for harmonica, ZYX Music, 2010

  *  Henry Arland and Hans Bertram - "Drina Marsch (Mars na Drini)", or "Drina (In den Bergen singt der Wind)", on the LP Clarinet Fascination, Polydor, 2371 208, 1972

   * Bob Kaper's The Beale Street Jazz Band - "Drina-March" b/w "Dominique", 45 picture sleeve single, RCA 47-9509, Dutch Amsterdam pressing.

   * Ansambl "Uroševic" featuring violinist Vlastimir Pavlović Carevac, on Metronome in Sweden, on Jugoton in Yugoslavia, 1963

  *  Gordana Lazarević - "Svirajte Mi Marš na Drinu" ("Play Me 'The March on the Drina'"), lyrics by Milutin Popović Zahar, PGP RTB, 1989

 *   Herbert Wetzler und seine Musikanten

 *   Franca Siciliano as "Drina" on Silver Record, XP 616, backed with "Ma cos'hai?" in Italy in 1966

 *   South African version of "March on the Drina" as "Drina March" by Dan Hill and Sounds Electronic, '8' LP, 42 Great Hits Perfect For Dancing, on RPM Records, 1037 S, 1969

  *  Fischer Choir, Fischer-Chöre, as "Drina-Marsch" on the Polydor album Das Große Spiel, The Great Game, Polydor 2371 500, Germany, 1974. The orchestra was under the direction of Hans Bertram. This vocal version features German lyrics written by Walter Rothenburg

  *  Czech vocalist Karel Gott on the album Singet und freut euch des Lebens, as "Drina-Marsch" with lyrics by Bert Olden, Polydor, 2371695, 1976

  *  The Dutch band Boemerang recorded the song as "Drina Mars" on the various artists album 84 Heerlijke Hollandse Hittroeven released in 2001

  *  German trumpeter Walter Scholz on the 2012 collection Rosen nur für dich as "Drina"

  *  Viva Vox Choir at the United Nations in a vocalized version in 2013 introduced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.


***Title     ***Artist
-Marš Na Drinu    *100 Srpskih Truba (100 Serbian Trumpet)
-Drina-Marsch (2008)     *Bauernkapelle Mindersdorf
-Drina-Marsch (2009) *Bert Landers & Konrad Grewe
-Drina     *Chet Atkins     *From Nashville With Love ,1966
-Drina Marsch (1975)     *Die Kirmesmusikanten /De Kermisklanten 
-Marš Na Drinu    *Flying Joymakers
-Drina Marsch (Mars na Drini) *1972 ,Henry Arland und Hans Bertram
-Drina Marsch (Mars Na Drini) *1963 ,Horst Wende
-Drina Marsch (1988)     *James Last & Berdien Stenberg     *Flute Fiesta ,1988
-Marchen Til Drina     *Jørgen Ingmann ,1963
-Marš Drinu (1985)     *Radomir Mihailović Točak *Marš...-1984
-Marš Na Drinu     *Svetozar Lazović Gongo ,1988
-Drina (1963)     *The Jokers
-March To Drina (1966)     *The Shadows     *Shadow Music
-Drina (1964)     *The Spotnicks    
-Marš na Drinu     *Vlastimir Pavlović Carevac
-Drina (2012)   *Walter Scholz
-Drina-Marsch (1964)     *Will Glahé

MnD -1


-Marie Laforêt - Drina
-Mića Petrović - Marš na Drinu
-N. Urošević, V. Dardin - Marš na Drinu
-Serbian Urban Music Ensemble - Marš na Drinu
-The Spotnicks - Drina (version 1977)


MnD - 2

-Patti Page - Drina (Little Soldier Boy)


Thursday, March 20, 2014


*Amicitiae Vocis

*Betty und Willy Bestgen in den 1930er-Jahren in Bern,CH

*Coral Polifonica Maria Auxiliadora

*Draaiorgel Sarie Marais


*Eun R. Kim

*Henrik Pahle

*Kim Hyun Soo

*la Coral Jesús -María de Madrid

*Live Band Chenai


* Maximiliano Rosales y Rafael Herrera Robinson - La Golondrina (1906)

*Manoel Chavez

*Masa Coral Utielana


*Männerchor Sempach

*Orkiestra Dęta z Siemkowic

*Robert Vallée

*Seung Jae Sohn

*Song Young Han

*Werner Michiels

*Willy Bestgen

*Walter Ostanek & The Western Senators

***Title     ***Artist     ***Album    

-La Golondrina (live)     *Coral Polifonica Maria Auxiliadora
-La Golondrina     *Darick Cook
-La Golondrina (street organ)     *Draaiorgel Sarie Marais
-La Golondrina     *Eric Clayton and his Band     *Hot & Sweet in Guitar Beat
-The Swallow (La Golondrina)     *Eun R. Kim
-La Golondrina     *Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys (1969)     *The Pathways Of My Life-Disc 1 ,2013

-She Wears My Ring     *Joe McGuiness

-The Swallow (La Golondrina)     *Kim Hyun Soo

-She Wears My Ring (live)     *Live Band Chenai
-La Golendrina     *Louis & Larry Franklin     *Keepsake Album

-A Andorinha (La Golondrina)     *Manoel Chaves
-La Golondrina (live)     *Masa Coral Utielana
-La Golondrina     *Maximiliano Rosales y Rafael Herrera Robinson ,1906

-La Golondrina     *Mogul Khan Piano Player
-Las Golondrinas     *Omar Garcia
-La Golondrina     *Orkiestra Dęta z Siemkowic
-Cet Anneau D'Or (live)     *Robert Vallée
-La Golondrina     *Seung Jae Sohn

-She Wears My Ring     *Tony Warren
-La Golondrina Waltz     *Walter Ostanek & The Western Senators     *Polkarama Season 5 ,2007
-She Wears My Ring *Werner Michiels
-Golondrina (1967)     *Willy Bestgen & his Golden Strings     *BBC Trade Test Tape, 1967
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