Will Glahé

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 12th, 1902 (Elberfeld), Died November 21st, 1989 (Rheinbreitbach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, accordion, composer, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 64 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-012987 10-in. 10/25/1939 Cervecinas calientes (Hot pretzels) Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto Instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-034688 10-in. 5/22/1939 Hot pretzels Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-035786 10-in. 4/24/1939 Hot pretzels Harry's Tavern Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-038342 10-in. 7/12/1939 Jelly roll polka Elisse Cooper ; Eddie De Lange Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Gramophone 0RA84 10-in. 9/20/1934 Mensch ärgere dich nicht! Erwin Hartung ; 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 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 0RA948 10-in. 12/10/1935 Santuzza Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0RA997 10-in. 1/8/1936 Bezejmenna Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble composer  
Gramophone 0RA999 10-in. 1/8/1936 Ich spiel' auf der Harmonika Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0RA1001 10-in. 1936 Schiffsjungentanz Glahé Musette Orchestra ; Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0RA1608 10-in. 11/25/1936 Zurück zu Mariechen Favre-Quartett ; Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble, with vocal quartet leader  
Gramophone 0RA1609 10-in. 11/25/1936 Die Liebe ist schuld daran Favre-Quartett ; Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble, with vocal quartet leader  
Gramophone 0RA1685 10-in. 12/17/1936 In meinen Gedanken Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0RA1826 10-in. 2/12/1937 Don Pedro Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0RA1829 10-in. 2/12/1937 Das Fensterln in der Nacht Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Gramophone 0RA1830 10-in. before 3/11/1938 Aber heut' sind wir fidel Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble, with vocal leader  
Gramophone 0RA1833 10-in. 2/17/1937 Oh primadonna Orchester Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0D1837 10-in. 11/28/1933 Harmonijka polka Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0RA1838 10-in. 2/17/1937 Tändelei Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with accordion solo leader, instrumentalist, accordion  
Gramophone 0RA1839 10-in. 2/17/1937 Grillenhochzeit Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, composer, leader  
Gramophone 0RA1840 10-in. 2/17/1937 Hofkonzert im Hinterhaus Glahé Musette Orchestra ; Will Glahé Instrumental ensemble, with accordion solo leader, instrumentalist, accordion  
Gramophone 0RA1841 10-in. 2/17/1937 Kulleraugen Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with accordion solo leader, instrumentalist, accordion  
(Results 1-25 of 64 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Glahé, Will," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148.

Glahé, Will. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148.

"Glahé, Will." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148

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