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Lotar Olias: 30th anniversary of the death of the composer of unforgotten evergreens

The German composer of unforgotten popular and musical melodies Lotar Olias was born in Konigsberg on 23 December 1913. His evergreens from the 1920s to the 1960s, often written in collaboration with lyricists Peter Moesser and Günter Loose, dominated the light music scene in the 20th century and are still relevant today. “It doesn't take a date to remember me. My songs do,” Lotar Olias once said confidently.

And indeed, the name speaks for an entire epoch. Lotar Olias was one of the most successful composers of the post-war period. But his fame was also due to early songs and chansons, for the singers Max Hansen and Lucienne Boyer for instance, or his work for revues in Berlin and Hamburg. After the Second World War Olias took part in the founding of the literary cabaret “Bonbonnière”. He wrote songs, chansons, literary songs, concert waltzes, marches and - last but not least - musicals. Olias also wrote the music for around 40 films, of which the titles, featuring the singer and actor Freddy Quinn in particular, were huge public successes.

Unforgettable evergreens that tell of a free life, ships and faraway lands, songs of homesickness, longing, adventure and the magic of the circus have ensured the name of Lotar Olias does not fall into oblivion to this day. Certainly his certainly greatest successes were songs like “Junge, kommen bald wieder” (Boy, come back soon), “So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie heute” (Such a day, as beautiful as today) and “Heimweh nach St. Pauli” (Homesick for St. Pauli). Olias died on 21 October 1990 in Hamburg. 

Lotar Olias 
(23.12.1913 – 21.10.1990) 
30th anniversary of his death
- Musical “Heimweh nach St. Pauli” (Homesick for St. Pauli)
- Musical “Prairie Saloon”
- Musical “Millionen für Penny” (Millions for Penny)
- “Auf einem Bein kann keiner stehen” (Nobody can stand on one leg) 
- “Bahia Blues” 

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