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This review is from: The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines (Paperback)
Sombre Dimanche, Triste Domingo, Trauriger Sonntag, Szomoru Vasarnap or Gloomy Sunday. Any name says it, I grab it. I'm heavily obsessed with the names. I just wanna find out what's the truth in the story. The story that has stuck in my mind since schooldays when a classmate mentioned that there was a song called Gloomy Sunday and whoever listened to it committed suicide. Since the invention of internet and google, was I able to find little more information.
Not evidence but urban legend has it that in Hungary the year 1933, a struggling composer and pianist named 'Rezso Seress' composed/wrote a song called Szomoru Vasarnap in his native language after his girlfriend left him. With the help of poet Lazslo Javor, the lyrics was improvised and despite refusals by record companies for having such depressing lyrics and melancholic music, it reached the public. As the song started to associate with several suicides it was banned. In 1936, American lyricists Desmond Carter and Sam M. Lewis translated in English in their own versions and called it Gloomy Sunday. And singers like Paul Robeson and Billie Holiday sang it. Don't know if the English version was also a killer song. The song gained so much popularity that it has been translated in many languages and 100s of artists around the world have recorded in their own versions
The information is all what's in the internet. I want the evidence. The German movie 'Gloomy Sunday' (aka 'Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod') is imaginary story based on the facts directed by Rolf Schübel. It's like the movie 'Titanic'. Another Hungarian book called 'Szomoru Vasarnap' is again imaginary drama based on the true story written by Peter Muller. Books such as 'The Giant Book Of Strange But True' by Tom Slemen, 'Dark Delicacies' by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb and this 'Copycat Effect' mention about Gloomy Sunday. It's the reason for which I possess these books.