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 66 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Glahé, Will," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148.
Glahé, Will. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107148.
"Glahé, Will." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.
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