Willi Kollo

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Memorial plaque on Friedrichstrasse 101 in Berlin-Mitte

Willi Kollo ( originally Kollodzieyski ; born April 28, 1904 in Königsberg , † February 4, 1988 in West Berlin ) was a German composer and author.


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:
Kollo stays!

He was the father of tenor René Kollo and the musical theater agent and music and stage publisher Marguerite Kollo.

Grave of Willi Kollo in the Heerstrasse cemetery in Berlin-Westend

Willi Kollo died of heart failure in February 1988 at the age of 83 in Berlin. His grave is in the state-owned cemetery Heerstraße in Berlin-Westend (grave location: 13-C-2).

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

Filmography (selection)

  • 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

Web links

Commons : Willi Kollo  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. His hits sang about Berlin . In: Hamburger Abendblatt . Monday, February 8, 1988. p. 15. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende : Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 . P. 489.