HUGO STRASSER (1922-2016)

Hugo Strasser (Munich, (Schwabing) April 7, 1922 – Grasbrunn-Neukeferloh, March 17, 2016) was a German clarinetist, composer and big band leader. His orchestra is mainly known for its ballroom music, especially for the series “Tanzplatte des Jahres” and the performances at many national and international dance competitions.

In 1949 he joined the orchestra, first a sextet and then a big band, of Max Greger as an alto saxophonist and clarinettist. In 1954 the time had come. The founding of his own band. At first the band consisted of eight musicians, but that same year it was expanded to a big band of sixteen musicians.

For a year he and his orchestra played at the Deutsches Theater in Munich and at the Bayerischer Rundfunk they played in many productions and live broadcasts. As a result, they quickly gained national fame. Slowly but surely the famous Strasser sound also developed over the years, in which the clarinet played by Strasser and developed especially for him by the Gebrüder Keilwerth in Gelnhausen plays the leading role.

A great advantage for this Strasser sound was that the arrangers were also musicians themselves in the orchestra. Besides Strasser himself, the arrangements, as well as many compositions, were mostly made by tenor saxophonist Werner Tauber, trombonist Hans Ehrlinger, trumpeter Etienne Cap and guitarist Dirk Schweppe, who died in 2001. His son Thomas Strasser (guitar) (*1952) has also been part of the orchestra for years, both as a musician, arranger and composer.

In 2009 the orchestra consists of five saxophones, three trumpets, three trombones, keyboard, guitar, bass and percussion, in addition to Strasser on clarinet. Although the orchestra has been around for more than fifty years, there have been hardly any changes in the line-up for a long time.

Recordings by Hugo Strasser you can hear at Instrumentals Forever:

Adios Amor
Arrivederci Roma
Atlantis Is Calling
Bye Bye Blackbird
Chanson d’amour
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Ding A Dong
Durch dich wird diese Welt erst schön – Morgen – Green Door
E Viva España
Ein bisschen Frieden
Eine Frau wird erst schön durch die Liebe – Einen Walzer für dich und mich – Wie ein Wunder kam die Liebe
El Condor Pasa
Harbour Lights
Hello Dolly
Hey Mambo
Hofkonzert im Hinterhaus – Hallo kleines Fräulein – Auf der grüne Wiese
Hully Gully Firehouse
I Get Around
I Just Called To Say I Love You
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
In The Summertime
It’s A Real Good Feeling
It’s Only A Paper Moon
Jambalaya – Marina – Quando Quando
Knock Knock Who’s There
Komm doch in meine Arme – Du trägst ein entzückendes Kleidchen – Frauen sind keine Engel
La Bamba
La Cumparsita
La Isla Bonita
La vie en rose
Les bicyeclettes de Belsize
Let’s Dance
Limbo Rock
Love Story
Mama Loo
Moon River – Are You Lonesome Tonight
My Boy Lollipop
New York New York
O sole mio – La Paloma – Stranger On The Shore
Oh Happy Day
On The Street Where You Live
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Paloma Blanca
Pariser Tango
Pata Pata
Puppet On A String
Puttin’ On The Ritz
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Reet Petite
Rhinestone Cowboy
‘s Wonderful
San Bernardino
Save Your Kisses For Me
Seasons In The Sun
Sempre Sempre
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Something Stupid
Spanish Eyes
Stern von Rio – Rote Rosen rote Lippen roter Wein – Tanze mit mir in den Morgen
Stormy Weather
Stranger On The Shore
Strangers In The Night
Summertime – Strangers In The Night
Tennessee Waltz
The Girl From Ipanema
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Last Farewell
The More I See You
True Love
Viens danser la Bostella
Wenn der weisse Flieder wieder blüht – Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen – Glutrote Rosen
What A Wonderful World
Wonderful Dancing
Wooly Bully
Yellow River
Yesterday Man
You Want Love (Maria Maria)