|Birth name||William Larsen|
|Also known as||Willie Larsen, Willy Larsen|
|Born||November 18, 1885|
|Died||March 10, 1935(aged 49)|
|Years active||1920s and 1930s|
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. Between 1920 and 1931, Larsen made 42 solo recordings for Columbia Records. He also made several recordings as accompanist for various artists, including Leo Kauppi and Hannes Saari.