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    Mieczysław Fogg – A Legend of Polish Popular Music

    Today, May 30, 2024, we celebrate the 123rd anniversary of the birth of one of the most popular Polish singers of the 20th century – Mieczysław Fogg. Born in Warsaw on May 30, 1901, Fogg made a lasting mark in the history of Polish music as an unforgettable performer whose songs continue to touch the hearts of listeners.

    Mieczysław Fogg, originally Mieczysław Fogiel, began his musical career in the 1920s. His deep, velvety voice quickly won the admiration of the public, and his performances became highlights of Warsaw’s cabarets and theaters. A pivotal moment in his career was his collaboration with the legendary ensemble “Chór Dana,” where Fogg honed his vocal skills.

    Greatest Hits

    Mieczysław Fogg became famous for many unforgettable songs that are still considered classics of Polish popular music. Among his greatest hits are:

    • “Ostatnia niedziela” (The Last Sunday) – a song that became one of the symbols of pre-war Warsaw.
    • “Jesienne róże” (Autumn Roses) – a melancholic ballad that won the hearts of listeners.
    • “Czy pamiętasz tę noc w Zakopanem” (Do You Remember That Night in Zakopane) – a nostalgic piece that transports listeners to the atmosphere of mountain nights.
    • “Szkoda twoich łez, dziewczyno” (It’s Not Worth Your Tears, Girl) – a song full of emotion and sentiment.
    • “Piosenka o mojej Warszawie” (Song About My Warsaw) – a song that became a hymn of love for the capital city.

    A Hero During the War

    During World War II, Mieczysław Fogg not only continued his artistic endeavors but also engaged in helping those in need. He particularly supported artists of Jewish descent, risking his own life. His selfless assistance was recognized after the war with the title of “Righteous Among the Nations,” awarded to those who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

    Legacy and Remembrance

    Mieczysław Fogg passed away on September 3, 1990, but his music lives on. His songs are still present in Polish homes, and he remains a symbol of class and elegance. Many of his works have been released on numerous albums, and his life and artistry continue to inspire new generations of artists.

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