Zeventig jaar geleden was Vera Lynn de eerste buitenlandse die op nr.1 geraakte in Billboard. Dat was dan met haar versie van “Auf Wiedersehen” van Rudi Schuricke.
“Auf Wiedersehen” is a song written by German composer Eberhard Storch in the hospital for his wife Maria as he was ill for a long time. It was originally sung in German by Rudi Schuricke and released on Polydor in 1950.
The story goes that Vera was on holiday in Switzerland and heard people singing the song in beer parlours, and when she got back she felt she had to record it, so the English language lyrics were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.
As usual, the recording of the song by Vera Lynn featured accompaniment by Soldiers and Airmen of HM Forces and the Johnny Johnston Singers. It was the first song recorded by a foreign artist to make number one on the U.S. Billboard charts, in 1952. Reaching the summit on the Billboard “Best Sellers in Stores” chart on July 12, the song spent nine weeks at No. 1 (as well as six weeks on the “Most Played by Jockeys” chart and four weeks on the “Most Played in Jukeboxes”).
In reaching number-one, it would be almost six years before another British artist would top the U.S. pop chart; that song was Laurie London’s “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” in April 1958. Additionally, the song’s nine-week run at number one on the U.S. pop charts by a British act was a record that stood for 16 years, until The Beatles matched the longevity record (of nine weeks) in 1968 with “Hey Jude.” Currently, “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” is tied with “Hey Jude” for third amongst longest-running number-one songs by British artists on the Billboard pop charts, behind “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John (14 weeks, 1997-1998) and “We Found Love” by Rihanna with Calvin Harris (10 weeks, 2011). In addition, for more than 12 years Lynn was the only female solo artist from the UK to have a number-one hit in the United States, a feat finally matched by “Downtown” by Petula Clark in January 1965. (Wikipedia)