HOT! Foxtrot Abdul Bej, 1932 – Ork. Henryk Gold & Stefan Witas
Stefan Witas & Orkiestra Columbia dyr. Henryk Gold – Abdul Bej, Fokstrot orientalny (Fanny Gordon – Szmaragd), Columbia 1932 (Polish)
NOTE: That really HOT! “oriental foxtrot” was composed by Fanny Gordon – one of the most fascinating and outstanding hit-composers in prewar Warsaw, author of such evergreens like “Pod samowarem” (U Samovara; 1931) “Bal na Gnojnej” (Ball In The Mucky Lane) , “Skrwawione serce” (My Bleeding Heart; 1931) , “Indie” (India; 1933) or “Nietoperze” (The Bats; 1931) . This song was only once presented in an ephemeral cabaret “Bomba” located on the Warsaw’s right bank area (considered – similarly to Paris – as “proletarian” and “worse” in comparison with the aristocratic and artistic Left Bank) – in spite of that modest debut, the song became a great hit and was immediately recorded by most popular singers (Eugeniusz Bodo, Mieczysław Fogg, Adam Aston, Tadeusz Faliszewski, Albert Harris). The version recorded by Stefan Witas has an exceptional bonus – a fabulous jazzy/dance accompaniment by one of the best Polish prewar orchestras directed by Henryk Gold.