Oskar Joost

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Oskar Joost
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Background information
Born (1898-06-09)9 June 1898
Wissembourg, Alsace
Died 29 May 1941(1941-05-29) (aged 42)
Instruments violin, tenor saxophone and clarinet

Oskar Joost (9 June 1898 – 29 May 1941) was a German musician, who played violin, tenor saxophone and clarinet, as well as directing a dance orchestra.


Joost was born into a musical family in Wissembourg, Alsace on 9 June 1898. His father, Albert Joost, was a cellist in the military. Oskar attended high school in Leipzig and participated in the First World War as a volunteer.

In 1924, Oskar and his brother Ali formed the Oscar Joost Dance Orchestra, with Oskar spelling his name with a 'c' instead of a 'k'. Oscar played first violin, and his brother percussion. From 1930, the Orchestra began playing in the Berlin Eden hotel, which led to a recording contract with Electrola, followed by subsequent contracts with other record labels: Pallas (1931), Crystal (1931–1934), Ultraphon/Telefunken (1932), Grammophon/Polydor (1934–1941). In this time, he was also involved in film work.

In 1933, Oskar Joost joined the Nazi Party, again spelling his name with a 'k'. When Oskar was enlisted in January 1940, his orchestra continued under Rudi Juckeland. Oskar rose to the rank of lieutenant, continuing his musical activities by composing a piece of music for his army unit, a 'Bohemian Polka'. In 1941, he was moved from the Western Front to the Eastern Front, where he was severely wounded. He died in a hospital in Berlin from flu on 29 May 1941.


  • 1929: Grüß' mir mein Heimatland (Say Hello to my Country)
  • 1930: Herr Ober - zwei Mokka (Waiter - Two Mochas)
  • 1933: Fensterpromenade (Window Promenade)
  • 1937: Hofkonzert im Hinterhaus


  • Michael H. Kater, Different Drummers
  • Rainer E. Lotz, Discographie der deutschen Tanzmusik, Band 1

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