Miklós Vig

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Miklós Vig
Miklós Vig
Miklós Vig
Background information
Birth nameMiklós Voglhut
Also known asMiklós Vig
Born11 July 1898
Budapest, Hungary
Died19 December 1944(1944-12-19) (aged 46)
Budapest, Hungary

Miklós Vig (11 July 1898 – 19 December 1944) was a Hungarian cabaret[1] and jazz[2][3] singer, actor, comedian[4] and theater secretary[1] in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Born in Budapest on 11 July 1898, he was murdered there on 19 December 1944 by members of the Arrow Cross.[5]

Background and biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

He was born Miklós Voglhut[6] in 1898 to a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary.[1] Although he went to acting school, he had better success as a cabaret singer. In 1924 as his career was picking up he changed his surname to Vig.[6] He changed his name because Voglhut was a Jewish-sounding name and antisemitism was growing at the time. Vig means cheerful or merry; it is a nice, short, typically Hungarian name that also made a great stage name.[6]


Other musicians from the Vig family include saxophone and clarinet player György Vig[3] (brother) and jazz musician Tommy Vig (nephew).[7]

A nephew of Miklós Vig, Dr. John R. Vig, was president of the IEEE in 2009.


The fact that he was married to a Catholic woman, Kató Szőke, and the fact that he changed his name did not save him from the Holocaust. On 19 December 1944 Miklós was among a group of Jews who were bound, lined up along the banks of the Danube and machine-gunned into the river[8] by Hungarian Nazis, members of the Arrow Cross Party. The Shoes on the Danube Promenade honors the memory of those who were murdered in this fashion.

Music and comedy[edit]

1920's-era Intim Kabaré Poster advertising performances by Miklós Vig

He was a student of Géza Boross and his talent was discovered by Dezső Gyárfás and Antal Nyáray.

He had his first major successes at the Intim Kabaré as a soloist, and later performed frequently in other cabarets including the Budapest Operetta Theatre and Budapest Orfeum. Although he made many recordings, he became most famous as a singer of popular music on the radio.[1] A 1935 article in Színházi Élet describes Miklós as a singer of popular sentimental songs.[9]

According to Gramofon (the Hungarian Jazz and Classical music magazine), Miklós was considered part of the first generation of recorded Hungarian musicians.[10] When Deutsche Gramophone found themselves falling behind the competition, they signed Miklós who ultimately became their first dance-music star "beloved all around the country."[10]

As a comedian, he performed in the early 1920s at various cabarets including the Rakéta Kabaré - occasionally with female partner Annus Nagy.[4]


Date of Release Title Label
1929 Akácvirág akácvirág Polydor
Délután mosogatás után[11] Polydor
1929 Egyszer voltam a bálban... Polydor
1938 Én nem tudom már, hogy minek becézzelek...[12] Radiola
1929 Éppen csak a szivem fáj Polydor
1929 Éva keringö Polydor
1929 Gyöngyvirág Polydor
1938 Hallod te ló...[12] Radiola
Hogy is tudtam eddig élni nélküled
Illúzió a szerelem
1929 Jönnél te még... Polydor
1929 Kadarka nóta Polydor
1929 Konstantinápoly Polydor
1929 Lesz-e párom már a nyáron? Polydor
1929 Madridban Polydor
1929 Majd ha újra sírni tudsz... Ervé
1929 Messze van a Mester ucca Polydor
1931 Minden ugy lesz, ahogy te kivánod Polydor
Minden veréb tudja[12] Polydor
Mondd, nem kívánsz te túl sokat
1929 Mostanában mind a bárban... Ervé
1929 Nekem nem kell szerelem Polydor
Őszi Fekete fellegek
1931 Sose jön egy szebb Polydor
1929 Szép volt... Polydor
1929 Szeresd a régi muzsikát Polydor
1929 Szervusz Polydor
Szibill levele
1938 Szombat vasárnap[12] Radiola
1930 Szomorú nyárfalevél[11] Polydor
1929 Tarka Lepkém Polydor
Tubicám[11] Polydor
Valamit a kis fülébe[11] Polydor
1929 Valami van magában... Polydor
1930 A vén Tabánban[11] Polydor
1929 Vig Miklósnak jó kedve van Polydor
1929 A Volga rabja (Ey uchnjem)... Polydor


  1. ^ a b c d Hungarian Electronic Library (in Hungarian)
  2. ^ The JAZZ Discography
  3. ^ a b Magyar Jazzkutatási Társaság (in Hungarian)
  4. ^ a b SzocHáló Társadalomtudomány Archived 2009-01-11 at WebCite (in Hungarian)
  5. ^ Yad Vashem A Page of Testimony
  6. ^ a b c Voglhut Family History, by Imre Voglhut, unpublished
  7. ^ All About Jazz
  8. ^ Eye-witness testimony of a girl (name?) who saw what was happening and jumped into the river to get away - she then informed the surviving family.
  9. ^ Ökotáj Színházi Élet, 1935. 32. szám (in Hungarian)
  10. ^ a b Gramofon – Klasszikus és Jazz 1997.10.01 by Oldal Gábor (in Hungarian)
  11. ^ a b c d Hungarian Jazz Discography 1905-2000 by Géza Gábor Simon, Budapest, 2005. ISBN 963-219-002-5

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