Will Glahé (February 12, 1902 – November 21, 1989), was a German accordionist, composer, and bandleader.
Glahé was born at Elberfeld. In the 1930s, he was, along with Heinz Munsonius and Albert Vossen, one of the most successful accordionists in Germany. He led his own orchestra from 1932 and became successful particularly in popular music.
One of his most famous songs in Germany was his 1936 recording of "Rosamunde" (a German female forename), a cover version of the song "Škoda lásky" ("Wasted Love") by Jaromir Vejvoda. Under the title "Beer Barrel Polka", the tune hit #1 on the Hit Parade in the United States in 1939. It sold over one million copies by 1943, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. After World War II he was known as the "Polka King" in the U.S., and did both big band and folk music arrangements with his orchestra.
His "Liechtensteiner Polka" was also a hit in the U.S., hitting #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957. The follow-up single "Sweet Elizabeth" (1958) appeared in all major U.S. charts, nearing the top 40 in Cashbox and Music Vendor.
He made great success with The Cuckoo Waltz by Swede E. I. Jonasson in 1969, and the song is now used widely, in the Alice in Wonderland dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and in Efteling, Holland.
He died at Rheinbreitbach.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 12, 1902 (Elberfeld), Died November 21, 1989 (Rheinbreitbach)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, accordion, composer
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 117 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||0RA2923||10-in.||5/11/1938||Beer barrel polka||Glahé Musette Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||leader, instrumentalist, accordion|
|Victor||BAVE-012987||10-in.||10/25/1939||Cervecinas calientes (Hot pretzels)||Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-034688||10-in.||5/22/1939||Hot pretzels||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-035786||10-in.||4/24/1939||Hot pretzels||Harry's Tavern Band||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-038342||10-in.||7/12/1939||Jelly roll polka||Elisse Cooper ; Eddie De Lange Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Gramophone||0RA7||10-in.||8/9/1934||Luana||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA8||10-in.||8/9/1934||Tausend rote Rosen blüh'n||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA84||10-in.||9/20/1934||Mensch ärgere dich nicht!||Erwin Hartung ; Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA85||10-in.||9/20/1934||Heut' denk' ich nicht an Morgen||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA86||10-in.||9/20/1934||Holzhackerlied||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA87||10-in.||9/20/1934||Ist noch jemand da, der zu merckern hat||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal trio||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA158||10-in.||10/19/1934||Scherenschleifer||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble||leader, composer|
|Gramophone||0RA162||10-in.||10/26/1934||Der treue Husar||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal group||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA163||10-in.||10/26/1934||Leichtes Spiel||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble||composer, leader|
|Gramophone||0RA309||10-in.||1/15/1935||Ja, das sind Sächelchen||Karl Berbuer ; Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA458||10-in.||3/14/1935||Du kannst nicht treu sein||Erwin Hartung ; Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA477||10-in.||3/21/1935||Schön ist die Liebe im Hafen||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA480||10-in.||before 4/6/1938||Eine Seefahrt, die ist lustig||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA713||10-in.||9/6/1935||Shore leave kisses||Will Glahé Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA716||10-in.||9/6/1935||Fang' nie im April was an||Metropol-Vokalisten ; Will Glahé Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble. with vocal chorus||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA948||10-in.||12/10/1935||Santuzza||Glahé Musette Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA949||10-in.||12/10/1935||Mirabella||Glahé Musette Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA996||10-in.||1/8/1936||Die Namenlose (Bezejmenna)||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Gramophone||0RA997||10-in.||1/8/1936||Bezejmenna||Orchester Will Glahé||Instrumental ensemble||composer, instrumentalist, accordion, leader|
|Gramophone||0RA999||10-in.||1/8/1936||Ich spiel' auf der Harmonika||Glahé Musette Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Glahé, Will," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148.
Glahé, Will. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148.
"Glahé, Will." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.
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