Music of the 50s and 60s in Poland

People in Poland used to listen to variuos kinds of music, but in 1950s it was mailny film music, rock and pop music.
The most famous bands and singers were:

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Anna German

Anna German was born in Urgench in Central Asia. She graduated from the Geological Institute of Wroclaw University. During her university years, she began her music career at the Kalambur theater. Anna finally became successful when she won the 1964 II Festival of Polish Songs in Opole with her song Tańczące Eurydyki. One year later, she won the first prize in the international song contest in Sopot. She was invited to perform in Italy in the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in 1967. In Italy Anna German survived a bad car crash, and came back to the stage not earlier than in 1972, after a long recovery period.

Anna performed in the Marché international de l'édition musicale in Cannes, as well as on the stages of Belgium, Germany, USA, Canada and Australia. In the last years of her life she composed some church songs. She died in 1982 from bone cancer, and was buried in Warsaw.

Anna German was immensely popular in Poland and in the Soviet Union. She released over a dozen music albums with songs in Polish, as well as several albums with Russian repertoire. She also sang in English, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and German. In 2001 six of her Polish albums were reissued on CDs.

Her most famous songs are:

Tak mi z tym źle

Greckie wino

Tańczące Erudyki

Człowieczy los

Natasza Zylska

Her real name was Natasza Zygelman. She was born onDecember 13, she died on 1933 - March 29, 1995. She was a Polish-Jewish singer. She was one of the most popular singers in Poland in the 1950s. Her most famous song is Kasztany, covered by Irena Santor and Edyta Górniak. In 1963 Zylska immigrated to Israel.

Her famous songs are:



Bajo Bongo


Karin Stanek

Karin Stanek was born on August 18, 1943 and died on February 15, 2011. She was a Polish beat music singer, a member of the band Czerwono-Czarni. She was known for her charismatic performances and expressive onstage persona, and referred to as one of the symbols of Polish beat music. In the 1960s she was one of the most popular singers in Poland, achieving success with hits like "Malowana lala", "Chłopiec z gitarą" and "Jedziemy autostopem". In the 1970 she emigrated to Germany, where she continued recording.

Her famous songs are:

Malowana lala

Chłopiec z gitarą


Czerwone gitary

Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars) is one of the most popular rock bands in the history of Polish popular music. The band formed in 1965 and achieved its greatest success from 1965 to 1970. Often considered the Polish equivalent of the Beatles, many of their hits are now classics in Poland. The group toured extensively outside Poland (in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, USA, Germany and Soviet Union) but had mostly disappeared from the Polish scene by the 1980s. The band reformed in the 1990s.
The Czerwone Gitary were founded by guitarist/vocalist Jerzy Kossela and bassist Henryk Zomerski on 3 January 1965 in Gdańsk. Initial members included Bernard Dornowski (guitar/vocals), Krzysztof Klenczon (lead guitar /vocals ) and Jerzy Skrzypczyk (drums/vocals ); four members (Dornowski, Klenczon, Kossela and Zomerski) had played previously in another notable Polish band, the Niebiesko-Czarni (The Blue-Blacks). Note: Radio disc jockey Neil Kempfer-Stocker was the first person to air the Blue-Blacks 45 rpms in America while at WRMC Radio Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1968. In Autumn 1965 Zomerski was replaced by Seweryn Krajewski (bass/vocals) ; around that time the band also launched their first tour in Poland under the slogan "We play and sing the loudest in Poland".

Their 1966 debut album To właśnie my (It's us) sold 160,000 copies, and their May 1967 follow up, Czerwone Gitary 2, sold a then-record (for Poland) 240,000. In the same year Krajewski received a special award at the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole (Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej w Opolu). In 1967 Kossela left the band. The band's 1968 third album sold 220,000 copies, and the group received an award in Opole for their song Takie ładne oczy (Such Pretty Eyes). In 1969 the band received a MIDEM award in Cannes for the largest number of discs sold in Poland up to that date; this was the same year that the Beatles received this award. Thereafter the Czerwone Gitary would be known as the Polish Beatles. The same year the group received a special award from Billboard magazine, and in Poland, another award from Opole festival for Biały krzyż (White cross).
Klenczon left in 1970, the year of the band's acclaimed LP Na fujarce (On the flute). Krajewski then took lead as the group turned to mainstream folk-tinged pop in the 1970s.

After a hiatus the Czerwone Gitary returned in the early 1990s with Kossela, Dornowski and Skrzypczyk resurrecting the group. Krajeski refused to participate and even released a solo album credited to Czerwone Gitary by Seweryn Krajewski called Koniec (The End). Initially the new lineup played the old hits; its first new album since the 1970s was the ...jeszcze gra muzyka (...still the music plays) in 1998. In a 2000 poll for the Polish magazine Polityka, Czerwone Gitary were selected as "One of the Best Polish Bands of the 20th Century". In 2005 a new song Senny szept (Sleepy whisper) took fourth place in the Sopot International Song Festival.

Their songs:

Tak bardzo się starałem

Wezmę cię ze sobą

Senny szept

Jest taki dzień

Maryla Rodowicz

Maria Antonina Rodowicz, was born on December 81945. She was a Polish pop music singer. She is an appreciated singer because she has been performing on stage since 1962 till now. She is often called the Polish Madonna .She plays the acoustic guitar. Most of her songs were hits. Maryla Rodowicz has made about 2,000 songs. She has performed around the world in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

Her songs:

Niech żyje bal

Wielka woda

Ale to już było

Za górami

Czesław Niemen

Czesław Niemen( his real name was Czesław Juliusz Wydrzycki) was born in Stare Wasiliski on February 16, 1936.He was one of the most important Polish rock and roll singer of the last quarter-century. He was an out standing composer and songwriter. He played the piano, the flute, the guitar and the drums. Music which he played was mostly rock and its variations. He made his debut in the early sixties as a singer big bit - including Blue singer black, singing rock and roll and rock songs in the style of The Beatles. The biggest hit of the first period were the dynamic track burning barn and sentimental ballad At parrots. Soon, however, Niemen moved towards more ambitious music targeted to a more challenging students. The song Strange - the most famous Polish protest song - has become a youth anthem of the late sixties. Czesław Niemen died on January 17, 2004.

His songs:

Dziwny jest ten świat


Sen o Warszawie

Pod papugami

Niebiesko czarni

Niebiesko-Czarni (Blue-Blacks) were one of most popular Polish rock groups of the 1960s and early 1970s. Founded by Franciszek Walicki. Czesław Niemen played in the band for several years. Throughout their 14 years of history (1962-1976) the Niebiesko-Czarni released 8 longplay dics and 24 singles/fours (over 3.5 million discs) and had over 3000 concerts.

Their songs:

Niedziela będzie dla nas

Duży błąd

Nie pukaj do moich drzwi

Mamo nasza mamo