Monday, February 11, 2008

Hamburg im Regen (Daybreak) (Cover Version)

In 1974 the German singer Mary Roos covered Harry's Daybreak. It is a tradition in Germany to take current hits from both Britain and USA (usually with the help of German lyrics - more often than not totally unrelated to the original lyrics) to propel themselves into the charts. Whilst Elvis, The Beatles and Cliff Richard released German versions of their own songs, the lyrics here were penned by Michael Kunze. Hamburg im Regen (CBS 2616) is about Hamburg (one of Germany's largest cities- and my home town) in the rain - a love song as far removed from Harry's Count Dracula as possible, musically however it is remarkably close to the original. Mary Roos re-recorded the song in 2000 for a compilation album.