Chanteur et chef d'orchestre Western Swing US né le 8 Juin 1916 à Moulton (Texas). Adolph Hofner est décédé le 2 Juin 2000.

Bandleader and Vocalsist Adolph Hofner was a durable musical icon of south Texas who helped shape Western swing, and whose dual career as a swing bandleader and Czech dance musician showed the ways in which Western swing had roots in Central European dance traditions. Hofner was raised on a farm in Lavaca County, TX, and like many other rural Texans his ethnic background was German and Czech. While growing up, Hofner heard polkas, schottisches, and other forms of local dance music. He and his family moved to San Antonio in 1928, where, four years later, Adolph and his steel guitar-playing brother, Emil, began performing in local clubs. Their sound reflected several strands of the Texas musical mosaic. Adolph was a crooner in the Bing Crosby mold, and Emil, like other early Texas swing musicians, at first emulated Hawaiian sounds -- the brothers' first instrument was a ukulele they ordered from a catalog.
After the brothers heard the pioneering music of Milton Brown and Bob Wills, they began playing the jazz-inflected country dance music that in retrospect was labeled Western swing. Hofner worked during the day as a mechanic, and at night he performed with various San Antonio bands. He and Emil joined with Oklahoma-born fiddler Jimmie Revard to form Jimmie Revard's Oklahoma Playboys, a major musical attraction in 1930s San Antonio. Hofner also cut some sides as a solo Vocalsist and performed on Vocalss with Tom Dickey's Show Boys; his lead Vocalss on that band's cover of his friend Floyd Tillman's melancholy honky tonk success "It Makes No Difference Now" became a hit in its own right and inspired Hofner to form his own band in 1939. At first the band was known as Adolph Hofner & His Texans, but when they began recording for OKeh and Columbia in the early '40s with the addition of hot fiddler J.R. Chatwell, they were called the San Antonians. Among their best-known tunes were "Maria Elena" and "Alamo Rag."
The band spent the early '40s working in southern California; during World War II, Hofner went by the nicknames "Dub" and "Dolph" to avoid the highly unfavorable associations of his given first name. After the war he began using his own name again, and returned to Texas where he also began recording Czech and German polka music in addition to Western swing. The Czech-language piece known as "The Shiner Song" and "The Prune Waltz" became standards of Texas music. Though Hofner's polka pieces had a distinctive driving backbeat that was clearly swing-influenced, he generally kept the swing and Czech tracks of his musical life separate. In 1949, in honor of new sponsor Pearl Beer, Hofner's band became the Pearl Wranglers for radio, but remained the San Antonians on record. They recorded for the Sarg label for many years and were fixtures of San Antonio music through the 1980s, but Hofner was finally sidelined by ill health and died in the year 2000. He left behind a musical legacy that was richly American in its diversity and a trail of influence that stretched from Willie Nelson down to modern alt-country stalwarts Charlie and Bruce Robison.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar, Leader

Style musical : Western Swing

I'LL KEEP MY OLD GUITAR (1938)

ALAMO RAG (1941)

COTTON EYED JOE (1941)

HAPPY GO LUCKY POLKA (1947)

SHINER SONG (1948)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1936 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-2575 (US) . HOFNER BROTHERS - Stara Kovarna / Na Marjanse
05/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7597 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Show I Miss You Tonight / Better Quit Now

07/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7641 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Hole In The Wall / Someone Thinks Of Someone

08/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7701 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Our Little Romance Is Thru / Someday Soon

09/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7752 (US) .

Tonight I'm Lonely And Blue (Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS) / Brown Eyed Sweetheart (Abe HOFNER'S SAN ANTONIANS)

10/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7833 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Nightime Down South / I Never Felt So Blue

11/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7900 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Ride Along / Come On And Swing Me

12/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7931 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Swing With The Music / I'll Keep My Old Guitar

12/1938 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7955 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - It's Best To Behave / That Little Town

01/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-7988 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - It's All My Fault / Am I Happy

02/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8024 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Someone Is Alone / Little Brown Eyed Lady

03/1939 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8071 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Dreaming Waltz / Honky Tonk Rhythm

1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 7669 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Dreaming Waltz / I'll Keep My Old Guitar
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 7670 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - That Little Town / Little Brown Eyed Lady
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 7671 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Someone Is Alone / It's All My Fault
03/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8416 (US) .

Maria Elena Waltz (Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS) / Spanish Two Step (Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS)

04/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8421 (US) .

Why Should I Cry Over You (Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS) / Because I Have Lost You (Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS)

06/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8463 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS - Dis Ja Liebe Spim / Strashidlo Polka

07/1940 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8508 (US) .

Sam The Old Accordion Man (Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS) / Joe Turner's Blues (Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS)

1940 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 8696 (US) . Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS - Because I Have Lost You / Why Should I Cry Over You
1940 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 8697 (US) . Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS - Strashidio Polka / Dis Ja Liebe Spim
1940 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 8698 (US) . Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS - Sam The Old Accordion Man / Joe Turner's Blues
1940 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 8699 (US) . Abe HOFNER & His TEXANS - Maria Elena Waltz / Spanish Two Step
02/1941 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-8628 (US) .

You're Always On My Mind (Adolph HOFNER & His TEXANS) / North Carolina Moon (Wade MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS)

04/1941 78 t. OKEH 06139 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - There's A Star In The Heaven's / Alamo Rag

05/1941 78 t. OKEH 06184 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Paul Jones (Old Time Dance) / Cotton Eyed Joe

06/1941 78 t. OKEH 06264 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Until We Meet Again / I Was So Happy

08/1941 78 t. OKEH 06350 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - South Texas Swing / Jessie Polka

11/1941 78 t. OKEH 06492 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Will You Think Of Me / You Don't Love Me Anymore

03/1942 78 t. OKEH 06614 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Sometimes / Waiting For You Dear

03/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37241 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Sweetheart, This Is Goodbye / Sage Brush Shuffle

05/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37415 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Sometimes / Waiting For You Dear

06/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37433 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - You Don't Love Me Anymore / Will You Think Of Me

07/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37656 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - There's A Star In The Heaven's / Alamo Rag

07/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37658 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Paul Jones (Old Time Dance) / Cotton Eyed Joe

08/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37817 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Swing With The Music / Alamo Steel Serenade

1947 78 t. IMPERIAL 1140 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Green Meadow Waltz / Alamo Schottische

1947 78 t. IMPERIAL 1141 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Happy Go Lucky Polka / The Prune Waltz

1947 78 t. IMPERIAL 1142 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Westphalia Waltz / The Blue Bonnet Polka

1948 78 t. IMPERIAL 1149 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Shiner Song / Barbara Polka

1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20100 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Sweetheart, This Is Goodbye / Sage Brush Shuffle
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20142 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Sometimes / Waiting For You Dear
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20160 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - You Don't Love Me Anymore / Will You Think Of Me
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20255 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - There's A Star In The Heavens / Alamo Rag
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20257 (US) . Adolph Hofner & His San Antonians - Paul Jones / Cotton Eyed Joe
1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20356 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Swing With The Music / Alamo Steel Serenade
07/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20455 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Tickle Toe Polka / Jessie Polka
1948 78 t. IMPERIAL 8010 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Maria Elena / Alamo Scootishe

1948 78 t. IMPERIAL 8012 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - The Prune Waltz / Happy Go Lucky Polka

1948 78 t. IMPERIAL 8015 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Kelley Waltz / Italian Dream Waltz

11/1948 78 t. IMPERIAL 8016 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - White Christmas / I Won't Mind

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8020 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Julinda Polka / Green Meadow Waltz

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8022 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Texas Is My Home / Westphalia Waltz

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8027 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Barbara Waltz / Shiner Song

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8028 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Longhorn Stomp / Little Things You Do

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8033 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Rose Of The Alamo / In The Valley Of The Moon

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8037 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Blue Bonnet Polka / Darlin' You're All The World To Me

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 8041 (US) .

Adolph HOFNER & His ORCH. - Forgive Me / Because I Have Lost You

06/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20710 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Life Passed Me By / Heska Holka Schottische
06/1950 SP COLUMBIA 4-20710 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Life Passed Me By / Heska Holka Schottische
07/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20718 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Cotton Eyed Joe / Put Your Little Foot Out
07/1950 SP COLUMBIA 4-20718 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Cotton Eyed Joe / Put Your Little Foot Out
07/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20719 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Dude Ranch Schottische / Seven Step Polka
07/1950 SP COLUMBIA 4-20719 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Dude Ranch Schottische / Seven Step Polka
07/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20720 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Rye Waltz / Little Brown Jug
07/1950 SP COLUMBIA 4-20720 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Rye Waltz / Little Brown Jug
07/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20721 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Herr Schmidt / Ten Pretty Girls
07/1950 SP COLUMBIA 4-20721 (US) . Adolph Hofner'S San Antonians - Herr Schmidt / Ten Pretty Girls
11/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20749 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Please Don't Take That Bottle From Me / In My Heart And On My Mind
11/1950 SP COLUMBIA 4-20749 (US) . Adolph HOFNER & His SAN ANTONIANS - Please Don't Take That Bottle From Me / In My Heart And On My Mind
1955 EP DECCA ED 2227 (US)

Adolph Hofner & His San Antonians - Country And Western Dance-O-Rama No. 4 Part 1 - Tickle Toe Song / Julida Polka / Alamo Rag / South Texas Swing

1955 EP DECCA ED 2228 (US)

Adolph Hofner & His San Antonians - Country And Western Dance-O-Rama No. 4 Part 2 - County Fair Polka / Twilight Waltz / South Of The Borded In Laredo / Happy Go Lucky Polka

1956 SP SARG 131-45 (US) .

Country Fair Polka / The Tickle-Toe Song

07/1958 SP SARG 152-45 (US) .

Adolph Hofner & The Pearl Wranglers - Bandera Waltz / Dance The Paul Jones And Old Joe Clark

05/1959 SP SARG 161-45 (US) .

Adolph Hofner & The Pearl Wranglers - Pistol Packin' Mama / Careless

12/1959 SP SARG 169-45 (US) .

Julida Waltz / Beautiful America Waltz

09/1960 SP SARG 183-45 (US) .

Dude Ranch Scottische / Westphalia Waltz

12/1961 SP SARG 195-45 (US) .

Three Caballeros / Mexico

12/1962 SP SARG 202-45 (US) . Pipeliner Blues (Adolph HOFNER / Vocals by Smokey SWEAT) / Over The Waves [instr.]
04/1963 SP SARG 207-45 (US) .

Milk Cow Blues / Put Your Little Foot

01/1964 SP SARG 212-45 (US) .

Under The Double Eagle / The Blue Skirt Waltz

05/1964 SP SARG 217-45 (US) .

Cotton Eyed Joe / Monterrey Rose

01/1966 SP SARG 222-45 (US) .

El Rancho Grande / Herr Schmidt

10/1967 SP SARG 227-45 (US) .

Spanish Two Step / Red Wing

04/1968 SP SARG 232-45 (US) .

Pretty Girls / Little Star In Heaven (Estrellita)

08/1969 SP SARG 237-45 (US) .

Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts / Jessie Polka

12/1973 SP SARG 248-45 (US) .

You Ain't Woman Enough (Vocals : Darlene HOFNER) / You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry

08/1975 SP SARG 249-45 (US) .

Kansas City / Fast Women, Slow Horses And Wine

05/1976 SP SARG 251-45 (US) .

Jalisco / I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time







Albums

1951 LP 10" COLUMBIA HL-9017 (US)

Dude Ranch Dances - Cotton Eyed Joe / Put Your Little Foot / Dude Ranch Schottische / Seven Step Polka / Little Brown Jug / Rye Waltz / Ten Pretty Girls / Herr Schmidt

1955 LP 10" DECCA DL-5564 (US)

Country And Western Dance-O-Rama - No. 4 - Tickle Toe Song / Julida Polka / Alamo Rag / South Texas Swing / County Fair Polka / Twilight Waltz / South Of The Border In Laredo / Happy Go Lucky Polka

1973 LP 12" SARG SLPS-1803 (US)

Your Friend Adolph Hofner - Jalisco / I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time / Kansas City / Sugar Blues / Mansion On The Hill / Cotton Eyed Joe / Put Your Little Foot / Julida Polka / Dude Ranch Schottische / Westphalia Waltz / Steel Guitar Rag

01/1980 LP 12" ARHOOLIE LP-5020 (US)

South Texas Swing - His Early ReCordings 1935-1955 - South Texas Swing (Adolph Hofner & His San Antonians) / Maria Ellena (Adolph Hofner & His Texans) / Does My Baby Love Me, Yes Sir! (Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys) / Sam, The Old Accordion Man (Adolph Hofner & His Texans) / Mistakes (Adolph Hofner & His Texans) / Why Should I Cry Over You (Adolph Hofner & His Texans) / I'll Keep My Old Guitar (Adolph Hofner & His Texans) / Jessie Polka (Adolph Hofner & His San Antonians) / Shiner Song (Adolph Hofner & His Orchestra) / I Never Felt So Blue (Adolph Hofner & His Texans) / Longthorn Stomp (Adolph Hofner & His Orchestra) / Happy Go Lucky Polka (Adolph Hofner & His Orchestra) / Radio Broadcast : Sue Bonnet Sue - You Can't Break My Heart - Draggin' The Bow - It's A Sin

09/1994 CD ARHOOLIE CD 7029 (US) SOUTH TEXAS SWING - Better Quit It Now / How I Miss You Tonight / Dirty Dog (Jimmie Revard) / We Played A Game (Jimmie Revard) / Does My Baby Love Me (Jimmie Revard) / Yes Sir! / I'll Keep My Old Guitar / Brown Eyed Sweet / Maria Elena / Spanish Two-Step / Why Should I Cry Over You? / Joe Turner Blues / Sam, The Old Accordian Man / Alamo Rag / South Texas Swing / Jessie Polka / Sage Brush Shuffle / Cotton-Eyed Joe / Paul Jones / Star Kovarna / Na Marjanse / Strashidlo / Dis Ja Liebe Spim / Julida Polka / Kelley Waltz / Longhorn Stomp / Radio Broadcast (You Can't Break My Heart - Draggin' The Bow - Hang Your Head In Shame - Pearl Beer Theme)
1998 2 CD SARG CD 101 (US)

Adolph Hofner And The Pearl Wranglers :
CD 1 : The Country Fair Polka / The Tickle-Toe Song / Rockin’ And A-Boppin / I Get So Lonesome (Since You’re Gone) / Bandera Waltz / Dance The Paul Jones - Old Joe Clark / Careless / Pistol Packin' Mama / Julida Polka / Beautiful America - Waltz / Dude Ranch Schottische / Westphalia Waltz / The Three Caballeros / Mexico / Pipeliner Blues / Over The Waves / Milk Cow Blues / Put Your Little Foot
CD 2 : The Blue Skirt Waltz / Under The Double Eagle / Monterrey Rose / Cotton Eyed Joe / El Rancho Grande / Herr Schmidt / Spanish Two Step / Red Wing / Little Star In Heaven (Estrellita) / Ten Pretty Girls / Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts (Since I Can’t Have My Way) / Jessie Polka / You Ain't Woman Enough / Kansas City / You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry / Sugar Blues / Steel Guitar Rag

2010 CD BACM CD D 297 (UK)

Swing With The Music  - Bluebird, Columbia, Imperial, Decca Recordings - The Tickle Toe Song / Julida Polka / Alamo Rag / South Texas Swing / Country Fair Polka / Twilight Waltz / South Of The Border In Laredo / Happy Go Lucky Polka / Someday Soon / Night Time Down South / Our Little Romance Is Through / I’m Blue And Lonely / Tickle Toe / I Guess You Forgot / Swing With The Music / With You Still In My Heart / Training Camp Shuffle / Cerveny Satachek (Red Handkerchief) / Baruska (Barbara) Polka / U Studenky Sedela (At The Spring) / There’s A Palace Down In Dallas / Dis Syme Odpustik Prahu (Farewell To Prague) / Sveskova Alej (The Prune Song) / Wabash Blues / Westphalia Waltz / Texas Is My Home / The Blue Bonnet Polka / Please Don’t Take That Bottle From Me

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