Saturday, March 15, 2008
Free Association Game 1 - Another Lily
Lili Marleen was a hit in both the German and English language for the German-born actress/singer Marlene Dietrich, who plays the part of Shanghai Lily in a movie called “Shanghai Express” and is pictured on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band standing next to George Harrison, who sang “Living in the Material World” and who produced a movie called “Shanghai Surprise” starring Madonna who sang “We are living in a material world and I am a material girl” and paid several tributes to Marlene Dietrich during her musical career. Dietrich also starred in a movie called Blue Angel which was also the name of a nightclub in Liverpool that was opened by one time Beatles manager Alan Williams and is the place where Pete Best auditioned to become a member of the Beatles. In that film Dietrich performs the song “Falling in Love Again” which was also performed by the Beatles and Pete Best at the Star Club in Germany among other places. Dietrich also starred in a film called “The Devil is a Woman” which for all I know could have been the inspiration of the Ringo Starr song “Devil Woman.” After turning down an invitation to join the Nazi Party in the late 1930s, she went on to record Anti-Nazi songs including Lili Marleen, a song that became popular on both sides during World War II. So Lili Marleen can join our other Lillies such as Lily Gray, who was killed by the beast 666 according to her tombstone, and Lily Evans who might have had possession of Iamaphoney’s suitcase at one time. A version of Lili Marleen also showed up on the Official Various Artists Soundtrack to the “Magic Christian” movie which starred Ringo Starr and featured songs by the Apple band Badfinger including “Come and Get It” which was written and produced by Paul McCartney and “Carry On Til Tomorrow” which was produced and arranged by the husband of Lily Evans, the cover of which serves as the background for Iamaphoney’s MaIEvans YouTube page.
Footnote: Marlene Dietrich's role as Lola in "The Blue Angel" has inspired several parodies including Danny Kaye (in drag) as Fraulein Lilli in On the Double and Madeline Kahn as Lili von Schtupp in Blazing Saddles.