Pál Kalmár

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Pál Kalmár
Birth name Pál Kalmár
Born (1900-09-05)September 5, 1900
Origin Budapest, Hungary
Died November 21, 1988(1988-11-21) (aged 88)
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1930–1960

Pál Kalmár (September 5, 1900 – November 21, 1988) was a Hungarian pop singer who is noted as being the first singer to perform Gloomy Sunday. He was at the height of his fame in the 1930s and 1940s but continued singing into the '60s. Kalmar Pal's musical history is also well documented in Saly Noemi's book "A Tangokiraly" (The Tango King).

Biography[edit]

Pál Kalmár was born in Budapest on September 5, 1900, his father was from Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county district court and his mother a dedescendant of the historic Czebe family. He was schooled in the Highlands and eventually obtained a military career in the Royal Hungarian Army. Later, at 19, he became part of the Hungarian comedy theater. In 1935, he worked on the film 'St. Peter's umbrella'. During the Second World War his career was interrupted but he resumed singing as a full-time job after the war. After a major throat operation in 1968, he permanently lost his voice.

Discography[edit]

  • Szomorú vasárnap/Gloomy Sunday. (Seress Rezső-Jávor László)
  • Szeressük egymást gyerekek. (Seress Rezső)
  • Ha minden véget ér. (Seress Rezső)
  • Az egyiknek sikerül, a másiknak nem. (Zerkovitz Béla)
  • Már megettem a kenyerem javát. (Dr. Sándor Jenő-Kellér Dezső)
  • Drágám, néha téved az ember. (Buday Dénes-Vadnai László)
  • Az nem lehet. (Kola József-Szenes Andor)
  • Emlékszik még kislány? (Zách István-Cz. Nemes Gyula)
  • Az ember egy léha, könnyelmű senki. (Erdélyi Mihály)
  • Szívbajok ellen, kisasszony, szedjen tangót! (Rozsnyai Sándor-Harmath Imre)
  • Balalajka sír az éjben. (Fényes Szabolcs-Mihály István)
  • Szép vagy, gyönyörű vagy, Magyarország. (Vincze Zsigmond-Kulinyi Ernő)
  • Maga az első bűnös asszony. (László Imre-Seress Rezső)

Selected filmography[edit]

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