Lesser, Adolph


Adolph John Lesser, son of John Lesser & Anna Margaretha Bath, was born 21 June 1915 in Loveland, Colorado. His parents came from the Volga German colony of Frank.

Adolph Lesser's career as a musician and entertainer spanned over sixty-five years before his stroke in 1996. He remains one of the most prominent musical figures in the Rocky Mountain region and was affectionately known as the “Old Master”. Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Adolph's professional career began at the age of 15, and within a year he had organized a band that popularized a form of Volga German polka known in Colorado as Dutch Hop music. During WWII, he entertained the troops, and in 1950 his band signed with Columbia Records.

Adolph was inducted into the Colorado Polka Hall of Fame in 1976 and was honored with the European-American Music Award at the Grand Polka Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, in September 1999. He was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in August 2001 and the World of Music Hall of Fame in Las Vegas the following September.

Mr. Lesser died in Greeley, Colorado, on 6 January 2008 and is buried there in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.