1904 - 1988
Willi Kollo was born as the son of the well-known composer Walter Kollo under the name Willi Kollodzieyski. His father was not very enthusiastic at the beginning of his son's career, this changed from 1923.
So it was not music but Willi Kollo's literarily talent which was spotted first and got much praise in the press.
At the age of 17 he already wrote the lyrics for the operetta "Der Fürst von Pappenheim" composed by Hugo Hirsch including the song "Eine Frau wie ich, ist 'ne Sache für sich".
Finally in 1923 followed a teamwork with his father but Willi Kollo was only able to work as a lyricist and not as a composer and the teamwork ended again five years later.
In this time he wrote the text for the operettas "Mariette", "Die tanzende Prinzessin", "Die Frau ohne Kuss, "Die vertauschte Braut" and "Olly-Polly".
At the end of the 20s Willi Kollo became well-known as an author of cabaret revues and eventually came to the film where he wrote scripts as well as film compositons.
To his first film compositions belong "Zille-Typen" (29), "Evelyne" (29), "Die blonde Nachtigall" (30), "Meine Frau, die Hochstaplerin" (31) and "Liebe muss verstanden sein" (33).
Also first successful songs outside the film business established the still young composer, among others "Lieber Leierkastenmann", "Warum hast du so traurige Augen", "Grüss mir mein Hawaii", "Jetzt geht's der Dolly gut" and "In deine Hände leg ich mein ganzes Glück", which even conqueres Europe and the USA under the title "My Heart was Sleeping".
His engagements as a film composer also remained seldom in the next years but he was busy in this area till at the beginning of the 70s.
To his other film music belong "Meine Freundin Barbara" (37), "Krach im Vorderhaus" (41), "Die Freunde meiner Frau" (49), "Hoheit lassen bitten" (54), "Was eine Frau im Frühling träumt" (59) and "Die Frau ohne Kuss" (71).
His work was honoured when the great actor Hans Albers died in 1960. His song "Ich habe eine kleine Philosophie" - which was also sung by Hans Albers then - was played at Albers's funeral.
Willi Kollo's son René Kollo became a famous tenor, his daughter Marguerite Kollo worked as a music publisher and an artist agent.
Other movies from Willi Kollo (Music):