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 Willi Ostermann

Willi Ostermann

Birth
Muelheim, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 6 Aug 1936 (aged 59)
Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Memorial ID 11346 · View Source
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Composer. Born in Mülheim am Rhein, Germany, he was noted as a writer of home spun folk tunes and carnival songs. In 1895, he was a member of an amateur theater group, where he gained experience as a puppeteer in the theater, plus wrote poems and songs. His first song “The Deutz Marksmen” (1899), brought him success in music halls and theaters. By the early 1900s, he was booked by an agency for performances throughout Germany. Ostermann won the award for best song in Cologne dialect in 1908, with his song, “Who Would Have Thought of the Aunt”. Through the 1920s, he published over 100 popular songs, wrote songs for revue films, plus sold recordings for waltz songs with popular themes such as "Rhine", "Wine", "Woman" and "Singing". He died following severe stomach surgery at age 59 in Cologne, Germany and at his funeral on August 10, 1936, 35,000 spectators lined the procession.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11346
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willi Ostermann (1 Oct 1876–6 Aug 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11346, citing Melaten-Friedhof, Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .