Lucky for him, he died before he could get a load of Bobby Darin.
Have to disagree with Kathy. Darin (and Satchmo) really gave heart to "Mack the Knife". I've heard the original "Threepenny Opera" version and it's cute, but jazz makes it wonderful. Sometimes I can't get that song out of my head for days, as if I want to.
I dunno, since he approved all types of commercial dance-band arrangements of his stuff, Weill probably would have been fine with Darin's version. Not to mention Jim Morrison. And I'm sure that Lotte Lenya got a big kick out of the royalties, and how Darin's "Mack the Knife" put Weill's name on a much bigger popular map.
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