6 Fat Dutchmen - The Great Arrival!

The Six Fat Dutchmen from New Ulm, Minnesota with 20 Hits!


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International Polka Music Hall of Fame® Harold Loeffelmacher, the leader of the Six Fat Dutchmen, was born in 1905 on a farm in Mollet County, Minnesota. He moved to New Ulm, Minnesota with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Loeffelmacher. He took his first music lesson on a violin from a Lutheran minister. He graduated from the violin to wind when he bought a mail order horn and was taught by A. P. Boock of New Ulm. He played in the 205th infantry band when Boock was director.

In 1932, he started his own band. It went under various names, “Continental Band,” “Broadway Band,” until he hit on the name, “Six Fat Dutchmen.” In those days he had just six men in the band, but the number grew up to a dozen. Once he had a musician in the band who weighed 314 pounds. The band appeared often on the John Deere bandstand on KEYC-TV, Mankato. They were booked to play at the Nebraska State Fair for 26 years straight. They recorded 800 polkas, waltzes and schottisches on RCA Victor for 14 years and with Dot Records for 10 years.

Loeffelmacher had seven buses in his lifetime, which he used to travel 90,000 miles annually from Texas to Canada, and play 335 dates a year. On winter vacations he played solos on his favorite instrument, the bass horn, with Lawrence Welk, on whose TV show he made 12 appearances. The Loeffelmacher band played the Aragon and Trianon ballrooms in Chicago, broadcasting live on WGN Radio. The maestro of the Six Fat Dutchmen won the Number 1 Polka Band award of the National Ballroom Operators for seven years in succession. The poll was conducted by Down Beat magazine.

Harold recalled that when he first started, he was once stranded in Yankton, South Dakota, and had to wire home to his brother for $10 to get back to New Ulm. Another time, he borrowed $10 from a banker and had a tough time getting it repaid a dollar at a time.

Harold Loeffelmacher and his wife, Clara Ahrndt of Benson, Minnesota, had a son and two grandchildren. His second wife, Geneva, was very helpful in the business. He liked to travel and visited 35 countries in Australia, Europe, South America, and Africa.

He is now deceased and greatly missed in the polka field.

This CD contains 20 of the classic Six Fat Dutchmen Hits!

Track listing:

1. Dutchmen’s Waltz
2. Wabash Cannonball
3. Sometimes Only
4. This Old House
5. Grandmother’s Joy
6. Sugar Time
7. Blue Skirt Waltz
8. Yellow Rose of Texas
9. Hangover Waltz
10. Hoop-Dee-Doo
11. When You Return
12. Wooden Heart
13. Luigi’s Waltz
14. Dove Polka
15. Saddle Horse Polka
16. Jake’s Laendler
17. Immer Lustig
18. Don’t Kid Me
19. Dutch Festival
20. March Polka
Artist: Six Fat Dutchmen

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