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Adolph Hofner Recordings, circa 1980-circa 1989
Born in Moulton, Texas, on June 8, 1916, to a German father and Czech mother, Adolph Hofner was a guitar player who performed with polka bands as a teenager. Adolph and his brother Emil formed a band in the 1930s called the Hawaiian Serenaders before Adolph joined Tom Dickey and the Showboys, a band best known for their hit single, ""It Makes No Difference Now."
On his own, Hofner recorded with several different labels and is behind the hit song "Maria Elena." Hofner claimed to be the first artist to record "Cotton-Eyed Joe" in 1941.
As he continued to record music throughout the rest of the 20th century, Hofner played in nightclubs in Los Angeles and formed the band The Peral Wranglers. His music covered a wide breadth of genres, including western swing, honky-tonk as well as polka and waltzes, and Mexican standards. He held numerous honors from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, Texas Polka Music Association Hall of Fame, Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame, and Western Swing Society Hall of Fame.
Hofner died in 2000. He was married and had three children. A documentary about the musician, titled Adolph's Beautiful America, was released posthumously in 2004.
Kohout, Martin Donell, "Hofner, Adolph (1915-2000)," Handbook of Texas, accessed October 27, 2020.
The Adolph Hofner Recordings, circa 1980-circa 1989, is comprised of 1 audiocassette (approximately 14 minutes in length) and a 5-inch sound-reel featuring music and oral reminisces regarding Hofner's career as a Western swing band leader.
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Adolph Hofner Recordings, circa 1980-circa 1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, October 2020.