Lawrence Duchow

Lawrence Duchow (Potter, Wisconsin, May 9, 1914 – December 16, 1972) was an American bandleader recorded on the RCA Victor label from 1932 to 1954.[1][2] He was a member of the International Polka Association and Polka Hall of Fame. With his Red Raven Orchestra, named after the Red Raven Polka,[3] he competed in polka contests against the bands of Frankie Yankovic, Whoopee John Wilfahrt, Romy Gosz, Louis Bashell, and Harold Loeffelmacher.

Lawrence played many of his shows at Kleist's Hall in Potter, WI. He was the son of Adolph Duchow, of Hilbert, WI. At one time, he had a weekly radio show on WGN in Chicago.

He was involved in a bogus check scandal in 1953 and arrested in New York.[3][4][5] He then resettled in California,[3] but he returned to Wisconsin in 1969.[3]


  1. Obituary "Mr. Duchow led the Red Raven Orchestra and recorded on the RCA Victor label from 1932 to 1954. He managed the Red Raven Inn at Hilbert, and later operated the Raveno Ballroom at Neenah and the Orahula Ballroom in Fremont."
  2. Norm Cohen -Ethnic and Border Music: A Regional Exploration - 2007 -Page 165 "Bandleader Lawrence Duchow from Potter, Wisconsin, established the Red Raven Orchestra, a larger ensemble with a smoother sound, influenced by the Big Band dance bands. He toured widely and even established a regular polka night."
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Former Area Bandleader Lawrence Duchow Dies". The Post-Crescent. December 20, 1972. p. 16. Retrieved February 26, 2016 via
  4. "State Bandleader Held as 'Con Man'". The Daily Telegram. May 5, 1953. p. 1. Retrieved February 26, 2016 via
  5. "Duchow Arraignment Is Slated at Appleton". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. May 15, 1953. p. 3. Retrieved February 26, 2016 via

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