JAARWISSELING (1935) – Louis Davids’ “Nieuwjaarswens Door”

by Red Cell

Polygoon Haarlem brings you: JAARWISSELING (New Year’s) (1935) by Louis Davids, with text by Jacques van Tol and musical accompaniment (“on the wing”) by pianist Han Beuker.

A look back at 1935 with then-famous Netherlands performer Louis Davids, who wishes viewers a happy 1936 after popping through an enormous calendar version of January 1, 1936.

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Louis David was known as an interpreter of popular songs in the Netherlands in the 1930s. But he also wrote many Revues and was a one time director of the once famous Casino Cabaret in Rotterdam and the still known Kurhaus in Scheveningen.

Louis’ parents were carnival people, who traveled from fair to fair acting in comic duets, which the whole family participated in. Louis started his career as a child prodigy at these fairs performing with his brother Hakkie and sisters, Rika and Heintje. Hakkie accompanied Louis on the family piano and later became a well known bandleader. David would become famous for performing in the guise of what was called the “little man,” or the common man. Although Dutch by birth, he sang most songs in the Amsterdam “Mokume” accent. In these songs, Louis deals with the typical Amsterdam man on the street character. The upper class shunned him which made him all the more popular with the masses. After writing to play-write and devout socialist Herman Bouber, trying to get into his works, Louis appeared in many films, plays and operettas.

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