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27 January 1920, Berlin, Germany, d. 28 February 2002. This violinist, arranger, composer and band leader was raised in Berlin. At the age of three he was given a toy violin by his father, himself a professional violinist. The gift was soon replaced by the real thing, and at the age of six he was on the cabaret stage of the Faun on Berlins Friedrichstrasse. At the age of 11 he played Mozarts Violin Concerto In G Major on radio, and was soon performing in concert throughout Germany. When Zacharias was 17, he bought himself a Hammig instrument with the proceeds of a Fritz Kreisler Award. In 1941 he recorded a swing session at the Odeon Studio on Schlesische Strasse, but was drafted into the German army shortly afterwards.
Following the war Zacharias enjoyed spells with various ensembles before forming his own orchestra, which became popular throughout Europe. One of his biggest hits, When The White Lilacs Bloom Again (a...