Ernst Ragnar Johansson (20 January 1891– 25 December 1932), professionally known as Ernst Rolf was a Swedish actor, singer and composer and musical revue artist. Rolf was born in Falun in the Swedish province of Dalarna, where his father was a tailor and member of the temperance movement. His musical talent was evident from the start when even as a young child he performed at IOGT meetings. He would sing while his older brother Birger played the piano.
In 1906 Rolf found work at the Åhlén & Holm mail order company in Insjön, Dalarna. He made his stage debut in a performance of The Wizard of Oz, playing Dorothy in an all-male cast. In 1907 he began touring the country as a singer and comedian, quickly becoming one of Sweden's most famous and successful entertainers.
During the 1920s Rolf was known for producing revues that were acclaimed for their dazzling sets, first class actors and stirring music. He was also a lyricist and composer, who wrote, for instance, the words to Finska Valsen (The Finnish Waltz) and the music for Från Frisco Till Cap (From Frisco to the Cape). He recorded his first song in 1910 and throughout his career made over eight hundred recordings. He acted in a number of films as well.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 20th, 1891 (Q10493877), Died January 25th, 1932 (Stockholm Cathedral Parish)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-19933||10-in.||5/23/1917||Bobby||Charles G. Widdén||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-21844||10-in.||5/9/1918||Finska valsen||Charles G. Widdén||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23965||10-in.||4/23/1920||I alla fulla fall||Charles G. Widdén||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-28504||10-in.||8/24/1923||Dag efter dag||Charles G. Widdén||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-29117||10-in.||12/7/1923||Finska valsen||Hjalmar Peterson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38319||10-in.||4/1/1927||From Frisco to Cape Cod (Waltz)||Hjalmar Peterson Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47551||10-in.||9/24/1928||Mitt barndomshem||Fred Carlsten||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||45736||10-in.||ca. 1915||Fleckeras vals||Eric Berg ; Charles G. Widdén||Male vocal solo, with accordion||lyricist|
|Columbia||58939||10-in.||approximately October 1917||I alla fulla fall||Birger Stenberg||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Columbia||58940||10-in.||approximately October 1917||Stackars Ohlsson||Birger Stenberg||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||W106541||10-in.||March 1926||När jag kommer igen||Fyrar Glada Gossar||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W107611||10-in.||January 1927||Alla jäntor a' lika||Columbia Nyhetskvintetten||Instrumental ensemble, with vocal||composer|
|Edison||10944||10-in.||4/27/1926||Flickan med kortklippt hor||Hugo Johnson||Accordion solo||composer|
|Gramophone||1077ah||10-in.||Feb. 1911||Bonddrängens klagan||Ernst Rolf||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rolf, Ernst," accessed September 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116483.
Rolf, Ernst. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116483.
"Rolf, Ernst." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 September 2021.
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