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Thread #23203   Message #2126656
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
15-Aug-07 - 11:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Miserlou
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Miserlou
Article on Greek origin of "Miserlou." original in rebetika style from Asia Minor, with Greek refugees. Author unknown.
"Initially composed as a Greek zeibekiko dance, at a slower tempo and a different key...than performances that most are familiar with today. This was the style of the first known recording by Michael Patrinos in Greece, ca. 1930; a second recording was made by Patrinos in New York in 1931."

Greek lyrics and translation provided. As with other articles from this site, no documentation is provided.

If this is the beginning, than the Sephardic versions are late, and are translations. I will look further to see if anything that is older Sephardic or Hassidic can be found. The version I recorded supposedly was collected from Sephardic Jews in Morocco.