William "Willy" Larsen (November 18, 1885 — March 10, 1935) was a Finnish American accordionist and director.[1]

Willy Larsen
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Willy Larsen.
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Larsen
Also known asWillie Larsen, Willy Larsen
Born(1885-11-18)November 18, 1885
Kotka, Finland
DiedMarch 10, 1935(1935-03-10) (aged 49)
GenresSchlager music
Years active1920s and 1930s
LabelsColumbia Records

Larsen's ancestors came to Finland from Norway in the 17th-century, and he was born in Kotka. As a young man Larsen became a sailor and moved to the US before World War I. He settled down in New York City, where he performed at the Finnish American halls.[1] Between 1920 and 1931, Larsen made 42 solo recordings for Columbia Records.[2] He also made several recordings as accompanist for various artists, including Leo Kauppi and Hannes Saari.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kukkonen, Einari (2001). Lännen lokarit: Amerikansuomalaisen levylaulun vaiheita. Kustannuskolmio. pp. 84–85.
  2. ^ "Willy Larsen's solo recordings". Aanitearkisto.fi. 2019-08-11.
  3. ^ "Willy Larsen's recordings". Fono.fi. 2019-08-11.