Adolph Hofner

Adolph Hofner ( born June 8, 1916 in Moulton, Texas; † 2 June 2000) was an American country musician and orchestra leader. Hofner South Texas was one of the most famous and successful representatives of Western Swing.

  • 2.1 Singles
  • 2.2 albums


Childhood and youth

Adolph Hofner grew in Lavaca County, Texas, on. His ancestors were German and Czech origin and therefore it was not surprising that Hofner grew up with polkas and other Central European dance music. In 1928 he and his family moved to San Antonio, where Hofner and his brother Emil, who played steel guitar, began to appear in clubs.


After the two Hofner brothers for the first time Bob Wills and Milton Brown with her new jazz -influenced style heard, also changed their music in this direction. Hofner later said: " Now that's what sold me on western music - Because They had a band. " Before, you had played primarily Cajun, hillbilly and Hawaiian Music. During the day Hofner worked as a mechanic, in the evening he played with his brother Emil and the Fiddler Jimmie Revard in various local bands. Together with Emil and Revard Hofner founded the Western swing band Jimmie Revard 's Oklahoma Playboys, which quickly became a sought after show group to San Antonio. With several other bands Hofner took this time to first plates.

Inspired by Hofner friend Floyd Tillman, he founded his own band, Adolph Hofner and his Texans who would later rename in The San Antonians. Beginning of the 1940s Hofner got a recording contract with Okeh Records and Columbia Records. Two of his most famous songs from this period were Maria Elena and the Alamo Rag. In 1941, Hofner biggest hit, a version of the traditionals Cotton - Eyed Joe. Meanwhile Hofner and his band had changed their location and moved to California. During this time, Hofner worked under names such as " Dub Hofner " and " Dolph Hofner " to avoid the association of his name with Adolf Hitler.

After the Second World War - Hofner had returned to Texas - he was playing under his real name and sat down next to the popular western swing now traditional Czech -language dance music. His plays The Shiner Song and The Prune Waltz are now considered classics of Texan Musik.1949 changed the name of his band for radio appearances to Pearl Wranglers, but for recordings they were called San Antionians continue. For the next few years Hofner continued to perform on and took for the label records coffin plates on, but his most successful period was over, even if Hofner and his San Antonians until the 1980s remained a popular band. Finally Hofner had his career as a musician to resign due to a serious illness and died 2000.

Adolph Hofner left behind a musical legacy that future country artists, should influence from Willie Nelson to Charlie & Bruce Robison.




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