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Monday, September 9, 2013

Soni Boi (aka Zindele Mayns), was Sonny Boy

Click the album cover to hear and/or buy our recording of this song from the Lebedik Yankel cd.

The pianist is Roger Lynn Spears. It was fun, but I fear it may be old-fashioned in a way people can't tolerate any more. It reminds me of the time I took my daughter, when she was 11 or 12, to see Gilbert and Sullivan. Looking at adults cavorting around in sarongs and singing silly songs made her livid - she insisted that we leave.

Update: In Zhelonek's book he writes that this Yiddish lyric was sung/recorded by Al Jolson. I didn't believe it at first but right now (October 2013) there is a Brunswick 78 for sale of Al Jolson singing Kol Nidre and 'A Chazendei oyf Shabos sung in Yiddish' - so now I believe.




You can hear a 1928 recording of this song at the Internet Archive (David Putterman sings Zindelle Meins.

It was a big hit for Pesach Burstein and you can hear his version on youtube.


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