In the new year, another nice find of bobsluckycat has found its way onto this blog. Will Glahé is also familiar with many listeners in the USA, being the "King of Polka" there for several years. This record, released on London Records, is from 1957 and was one of his last big hits.
In 1936, Glahé had his first big hit with "Rosamunde." This up-tempo polka piece was composed by the Czech Jaromir Vejvoda and was also gaining much popularity in the USA under the title of "Beer Barrel Polka." During this days, his repertoire was heavily influenced by folkish polkas, which became often big sellers in Germany. Though, the Big Band sound was also part of his career and was played by him and his orchestra regularly.
After World War II, Glahé found much succes in the USA with his polka hits and became known as "Polka King." In 1947, he signed with Decca/London Records and travelled over the Atlantic several times. Through the years, he appeared with such artists as Glenn Miller, Fats Domino, Patti Page, Pat Boone, and many others. Today's choice came from November 1957, which was the last hit for Glahé. "Lichtensteiner Polka" reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. From the 1960s onwards, he recorded many LPs featuring renditions of old hits, new songs and classics of different musical genres. Glahé died in 1989.