1906 - 1988
The filmcomposer Michael Jary was born as Max Jarczyk in Upper Silesia's Laurahütte near Katovice. The father was a foreman at the Königshütte ironworks, the mother a tailor. Michael Jary's intended career was not at all a musical one. He wanted to become a missionary.
At the age of 18 Michael Jary left the monastery of the Steyler missionaries near Neisse to set out on a path that would lead him into the realms of music. At first this meant the visit of the conversatory in Beuthen, choirmaster of a church and workers' choir, first pieces of chamber music, broadcast by Gleiwitz radio station, and finally appointments as second director of music at the municipal theatres of Neisse and Plauen. His aim was to join the élite musical composition class at the Staatliche Akademische Musikhochsule Berlin, where Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky and Franz Schrecker were teaching.
In 1931 he received the award of the Beethoven Prize from the city of Berlin, which was a great honour for the young man. His dream of a great career as a so-called serious composer, however, came to an abrupt end on 8 February, 1933, the day of his concert. As a Polish Jew he was booed off the stage by members of the Kampfbund für deutsche Kultur.
After this day he had to wrote arrangements under the pseudonym of Jackie
Leeds and chansons as Max Jantzen. His friendship with the songwriter Bruno
Balz brought the outcast a job as an assistant to the film composers Franz
Doelle and Leo Leux. His first cooperation for a film was the box-office
hit "Amphitryon" (35).
Till the end of war he composed the music to many well-known productions, among them "Nanu, Sie kennen Korff noch nicht?" (38), "Paradies der Junggesellen" (39), "Kitty und die Weltkonferenz" (39), "Maske in Blau" (42), "Ein Mann mit Grundsätzen?" (43) and "Gabriele Dambrone" (43).
Shortly before the end of the war he founded a band, the Radio-Dance-Orchestra Berlin (RBT). In 1948 he set up his own publishing company, Michael Jary Productions, which in the fifties even had an office in New York.
Now one film followed another. Melodies like "Das machen nur die Beine von Dolores" or "Heut' liegt was in der Luft" are still highlights of today's light music.
To his most popular post-war movies belong "Der Mann, der sich selber sucht" (50), "Die verschleierte Maja" (51), "Die Diebin von Bagdad" (52), "Keine Angst vor grossen Tieren" (53), "Die Zürcher Verlobung" (57), "Vater sein dagegen sehr" (57), "Die Beine von Dolores" (57) and "Bobby Dodd greift ein" (59).
Michael Jary refused to write titles that had to fit in with the playing times of the jukeboxes. But he did demonstrate his talent once more to the music world with the song "Wir wollen niemals auseinadergehen" for the German preliminary rounds leading up to the 1960 European Song Contest. The festival jury relegated it to second place. But, to this very day, it has been one of the greatest successes in the history of German Pop Music.
After this he went back to his roots. He wrote the musical "Nicole",
which broke all records for the longest running show in the Eastern bloc.
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