Walter Kollo (28 January 1878 – 30 September 1940) was a German composer of operettas, Possen mit Gesang, and Singspiele as well as popular songs. He was also a conductor and a music publisher.
Kollo was born in Neidenburg, East Prussia. His best known work, the operetta Wie einst im Mai (1913), was the basis of a 1917 Sigmund Romberg operetta in America entitled Maytime. Kollo died in Berlin.
A merchant's son, he was originally supposed to take his father's trade, but was able to devote himself to the study of music in the Königsberg Sondershausen music conservatory with his mother's help. He became a theater conductor for a brief time in Königsberg before going to Berlin in 1899. In Berlin, he turned towards popular / light music, and from 1908, wrote music for the popular musical theater. It was in 1910 with Willy Bredschneider that he composed his first great success, Große Rosinen, produced on New Year's Eve 1911. Somewhat prolifically, he continued composing musical comedies, farces and operettas, notably, with among other pieces, Wie einst im Mai (1913; with the songs Es war in Schöneberg im Monat Mai and Die Männer sind alle Verbrecher), Der Juxbaron (1916), Drei alte Schachteln (1917) and Die Frau ohne Kuß (1924).
Kollo also emerged as a composer of revues and sound films in 1915, was one of the founders of the performer's rights organization GEMA, and had his own music publishing company. Later he made successful concert tours as a conductor of his own works.
With Jean Gilbert and Paul Lincke, Kollo was a founder of the Berliner Operette.
His son Willi Kollo was also a composer of light music and his grandson is the celebrated Wagnerian tenor René Kollo.
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Birth and Death Data: Born January 28, 1878 (Nidzica), Died September 30, 1940 (Berlin)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1931
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 35 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-13777||10-in.||9/15/1913||Come on over here||Helen Clark ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-14852||12-in.||5/22/1914||Come on over here||Conrad's Society Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-15222||12-in.||9/25/1914||Bubi fox trot||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-18611||10-in.||10/17/1916||Das war in Schöneberg||Julius Salay [i.e., Gyula Szalay] ; Magda Szécsy||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-20124||10-in.||6/14/1917||Mädels, habt ihr denn kein Herz?||Seppel Burger||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25629||10-in.||10/3/1921||Schiebermaxe||Seppel Burger||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-26946||10-in.||10/10/1922||'Twas in the month of May||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27304||10-in.||12/7/1922||Warum sitzt du denn so traurig uff de Banke?||Elsie Bendix ; Paul Bendix||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-42528||10-in.||3/1/1928||The land of going-to-be||Irving Aaronson ; Commanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43763||10-in.||5/3/1928||The land of Going-To-Be||Irving Aaronson ; Irene Bordoni ; Commanders||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and male vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||BVE-45982||10-in.||6/25/1928||V té Kinske zahradě||Jiři Prokop ; Libuše Prokop||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-49206||12-in.||11/24/1928||Zwei rote Rosen, ein zarter Kuss||Manhattan Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-62171||10-in.||5/27/1930||Prince Charming||Evelyn Herbert||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-317||10-in.||11/5/1929||Madel, habt ihr denn kein Herz?||Ernest Heinen||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||39038||10-in.||10/10/1913||Come on over here||Charles Harrison ; Agnes Kimball||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80341||10-in.||5/10/1922||'Twas in the month of May||Black and White Melody Boys||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||[W]147905||10-in.||1/31/1929||The land of going to be||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W106940||10-in.||approximately July 1926||Es war in Schöneberg||Columbia Kapelle||Band, with vocal ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||W205889||12-in.||May 1928||Zwei rote Rosen, ein zarter Küss||George Gut||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||o-8177||10-in.||ca. June 1921||Waltzing is spreading from land to land||Lanin’s Roseland Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E28397||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1928||The land of going to be||Glen Wick ; William Wirges Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E32831||10-in.||May 1930||Prince Charming||Regent Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||3556||10-in.||2/2/1915||Bubi||Jaudas' Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||18873||10-in.||11/16/1928||Land of Going-to-be||Elinor Gail||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kollo, Walter," accessed June 8, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105634.
Kollo, Walter. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 8, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105634.
"Kollo, Walter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 8 June 2023.
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