He was the son of the composer Walter Kollo and his wife Marie Kollo, née Preuss (1883–1954), and began his career at a young age as a close collaborator of his father. He wrote texts for his operettas at the age of twelve . Among other things, the two worked together on the Marietta operetta , which premiered in 1917 at the Metropol Theater in Berlin. The titles “What a woman dreams in spring” and “Wait, just wait a while” come from the work.
Later Willi Kollo made his name as the author of cabaret - revues in Berlin in the late 1920s. Since 1930 he has also been writing screenplays and film music . After the Second World War he moved from Berlin to Hamburg , only to return to Berlin in 1955. He founded a music publisher that also published his own chansons .
One of his company's slogans in the 1950s was:
Whatever the youngsters are up to,
whether Rock he, Chacha, Mambo writes:
He was the father of tenor René Kollo and the musical theater agent and music and stage publisher Marguerite Kollo.
On September 30, 2010, a memorial plaque for Walter and Willi Kollo was unveiled at the Berlin Admiralspalast.
- Willi Kollo: "When I was young in Berlin ..." literary-musical memories . Bonus CD with 23 historical recordings by Walter and Willi Kollo. Edited and edited by his daughter Marguerite Kollo, Schott, Mainz 2008, ISBN 978-3-00-047615-0 - ebook- ISBN 978-3-00-048857-3 .
- Willi Kollo: Audiobook "When I was young in Berlin ..." Literary-musical memories. 3 CD box, read by Marguerite & René Kollo, including historical sound recordings, duo-phon-records 2010, ISBN 978-3-937127-18-7
- Willi Kollo: Seasons of my life - A laugh sounds, a smile is silent. Poems from the author's life 1904–1988, edited and edited by Marguerite Kollo, ISBN 978-3-00-052785-2
- Wolfgang Jansen : Willi Kollo. Author and composer for operetta, revue, cabaret, film and television 1904–1988 , Waxmann, Münster / New York 2020, ISBN 978-3-8309-3995-5
- 1929: Eveline and her Rin-Tin-Tin - I've got a huge Rintintin at home
- 1929: Now the dolly is fine - Now the dolly is fine
- 1929: Zille types - That was his Milljöh
- 1931: My wife, the impostor - I'm moving into a small room with you - Fortunately, two belong to my child
- 1933: Love must be understood - A small advance - It's on the Tanzmusiki radio
- 1934: virgin versus monk - you only live once - why are you so alone
- 1937: Ball in the Metropol - A whole day alone with you - Today a fairy tale of love has woken up
- 1937: My friend Barbara - What other girls dream of, I dream of too
- 1939: We dance around the world - dance and be young - one day you will be with me again - just no compliments - we wish you all the best - the little suitcase gramophone
- 1941: A crash in the front building - Berlin, I'll stay true to you - I'm a Berlin child
- 1942: Two in a big city - Two in a big city - Tomorrow at this time - Tonight
- 1948: Arche Nora - Just don't cry
- 1949: My wife's friends - I'm so happy today - We want to clean up - philistine song - Charming Dorothee
- 1954: Your Highness begs - When you love it is always Sunday - You are the queen in my heart - Sometime on any day of the year
- 1958: Solang 'still under linden trees
- Biographies of Walter and Willi Kollo and the rest of the Kollo family , as well as information on the music archive, etc.
- Works by and about Willi Kollo in the catalog of the German National Library
- Stage works
- Collo-family theater
- His hits sang about Berlin . In: Hamburger Abendblatt . Monday, February 8, 1988. p. 15. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
- Hans-Jürgen Mende : Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 . P. 489.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 28, 1904|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Koenigsberg|
|DATE OF DEATH||4th February 1988|
|Place of death||Berlin|