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Polo Hofer

Polo Hofer

Polo Hofer


Polo Hofer (16 March 1945 – 22 July 2017[2]) was a Swiss musician known for his work in the field of Swiss-German language pop and rock music. Hofer composed and sung in Swiss-German, and was one of the most popular protagonists of Swiss-German rock and pop music, so-called Mundartrock. Co-founding the then popular Swiss rock groups Rumpelstilz and Polo Hofer & die SchmetterBand, Hofer published 18 music albums and composed about 350 songs. Polo Hofer also published poems Read more on Last.fm
Polo Hofer (16 March 1945 – 22 July 2017[2]) was a Swiss musician known for his work in the field of Swiss-German language pop and rock music. Hofer composed and sung in Swiss-German, and was one of the most popular protagonists of Swiss-German rock and pop music, so-called Mundartrock. Co-founding the then popular Swiss rock groups Rumpelstilz and Polo Hofer & die SchmetterBand, Hofer published 18 music albums and composed about 350 songs. Polo Hofer also published poems, books, acted in Swiss-oriented movies, and was on tour as singer until his death. The pop music group Rumpelstilz was founded in 1971 by Hanery Amman (piano) and Polo Hofer (vocals, lyrics), along with Jürg Werren (guitars), Sami Jungen (bass) and Hans Jungen (drums).

Hans Jungen was replaced soon after its founding by Küre Güdel, and half a year later René "Schifer" Schafer replaced Jürg Werren. The first single Warehuus Blues (Swiss German, meaning "shopping mall blues") was released in 1973 and was less successful, and in 1975 the first LP Vogelfuetter (meaning "bird seed") was released. The band's performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975 opened the band's sound to a wider audience. The song Teddy marked the commercial breakthrough in 1976, and shortly afterwards Kiosk became their greatest hit.

Both singles are compilations taken from the LP Füüf Narre im Charre (five jesters in the whellbarrow), which was released in a German translation "Fünf Narren im Karren" one year later, and Kiosk was ranking in the single charts in Germany. The fourth album was published in 1978 as the double LP Fätze u Bitze vo geschter u Jitze, including the film score for Kleine frieren auch im Sommer by Peter von Gunten, and a live concert from the Atlantis event venue in Basel. Thenafter, the band members pursued solo projects. In 1989 three concerts were given, followed by a further live album and an acclaimed tour in Switzerland.

After that, the band split definitely. Born as Urs Alfred Hofer in Interlaken, he had to brothers, and lived in Oberhofen am Thunersee. Awards (excerpt) 1995: Prix Walo 2011: Swiss Music Awards for his lifetime work 2015: Swiss of the year Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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