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Friday, December 19, 2008

Sugar Blues - Nina Hagen & the Leipsig Big Band

Oh, how much I love Nina Hagen!

Jazz trumpeter Clyde McCoy first performed Sugar Blues in 1930 at Chicago's Drake Hotel. It became an instant hit and his theme song.

Born in East Berlin to a script-writer and a singer/actress, Nina Hagen was considered an opera prodigy by the time she was 9 years old (and a trouble-maker by age 12 when she was "dishonorably discharged" from the Free German Youth group for her active involvement in protests against the socialist East German government). She spent time in London during the mid-1970s when the punk rock scene was in it's early days and on her return to Germany in 1977, formed The Nina Hagen Band. She is considered by many to be the "Mother of Punk Rock."

Sugar Blues
by Nina Hagen from the 2003 album "Big Band Explosion", a collection of jazz covers.

Nina Hagen's website

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