Mack the Knife and Pedro Navaja: The Louis Armstrong and Ruben Blades Confluence

 First, the Inimitable Mr. Louis Armstrong, doing one of his signatures.

Now, the immensely talented Ruben Blades, doing the latin descendant of Mack the Knife, “Pedro Navaja”(Peter the Knife or Switchblade). Check out Oscar H on the piano!

2 thoughts on “Mack the Knife and Pedro Navaja: The Louis Armstrong and Ruben Blades Confluence

  1. Chris, great note. How can one not love both versions? Did you consider posting the German original (?) as sung by Ute Lemper? Youtube has a staged version sung by Lemper, but we do not see Ute singing it. She is a fabulous singer of Kurt Weill’s music.

    Gracias viejo! Douglas

  2. I was just doing some research on Ruben Blades and Mack the Knife, and I came upon your site. I am trying to confirm a recent edit to the Mack the Knife article on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_the_Knife), in which an editor added this Ruben Blades song. Unfortunately, he did not add a reference. So, here I am, trying to sort it out.

    I am very happy that I happened to find this blog.

    Cheers!
    -Cathal

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