Personalities | Adolph Hofner | Cowboys & Playboys | Country
(Vocals, guitar, bandleader, 1916–2000)
Adolph Hofner successfully combined the musical heritage of his Texas-Czech youth with hillbilly, pop and swing influences in a career that stretched from the mid-1930s to the late 1990s, with his steel guitar-playing brother Emil (nicknamed ‘Bash’) at his side throughout. Equally influenced by Milton Brown and Bing Crosby, Hofner was the first western-swing crooner, and his San Antonio-based bands featured such top-flight musicians as fiddler J. R. Chatwell and pianist Walter Kleypas.
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