Monday, January 10, 2011

Bel Ami...

Eva Busch... singer

Born. Berlin, Germany

Died. July 21 (?25), 2001, Munich, Germany

(née: Eva Zimmermann)

She was the illegitimate daughter of Franz Beidler, the son of Wagner, and a then famous singer, Emmy-Zimmerman Burg. In Berlin she met her first husband, actor Ernst Busch (a Communist sympathizer) when they sang cabaret songs together at the Berliner Volksbuehne. In the early 1930s, she recorded her first disc.

In 1933, after the Nazis seized power, the couple fled to Holland. Two years later, they separated, by mutual consent, when Ernst left to fight for the Spanish Loyalists against Generalissmo Franco, who was supported by Germany.


Eva returned to Paris, France, where she sang in various cabarets, and in 1940, recorded probably her most famous song: "Bel Ami" ("Beautiful Friend"). After the German invasion in France, she became an internee in 'Camp Gurs'.

In late 1944, after the defeat of the Nazis, she was released and briefly performed songs for civilians and military personnel in Germany. She then returned to Paris and resumed her international career. For the next 30 years, she sang in cabarets, on the radio and on television.
In the USA she toured with Bing Crosby. In Zurich, Switzerland, she appeared at Erika Mann's "Pepper Mill". Eva remained active until the 1970s. Among her best-known songs are


"Es sprechen so viele von Liebe, die gar nichts von Liebe verstehen"
 ("You talk so much about love, but know nothing of love")


"Il ne faut pas briser un rêve"
("Don't destroy your dreams, even if they seem silly")

A song with special meaning at the date of its recording (Oct. 1940).


  1. FIRST! HAHAHA! oh wait, i forgot where i was, sugar! ;~D

    mago's started a trend! xoxoxo

  2. I would have liked to have lived in 1920s Berlin. So much happening in the creative arts.

    I did not know about Eva Busch. Thank you!

    Oh Hai Savannah!

  3. My My you are getting good at this
    "Firsting" business darling Savannah...XXX

    Dear XL,

    there was another link to a blog which highlights The Berlin Cabaret Scene during the 20's and thirties, If I find it again i'll poat the link here...

  4. Here is that Link XL

    you may already be familiar with it but their latest post is about Marlene...
    Did That get your attention?

  5. The Bel Ami I know is a little different..

    As for German singing, I know Lilli Marlene or something like that. We watched a movie in school about that song

  6. And now I am walking around singing german. Thanks so much. Haha

  7. Thank you for that link! I did not know about it.

    re their 16 November post about Caberet - Das Musical. I saw that show heavily advertised while I was there. Unfortunately it had not yet opened, so I missed it. :(

  8. "... was für ein netter Kerl ... aaaber was für ein Gauner ..." she has avery nice voice! Thank You for this nice foxtrot, dear Princes. And the link is great, as XL already saied.

    "EIn Mann der gefällt" ... *blushgiggle*

  9. "Il ne faut pas briser un rêve" has such a haunting melody - you definitely don't have to understand German to be moved by it. Great post!