Laholm was born into a family of Swedish origin, his real name was Jon Edwin Johnson. A US marine in World War I, he studied voice in New York after the war. He began as an operetta singer in the USA. In 1924, he made his operatic debut in Essen as Canio. From Essen, he moved on to Wiesbaden in 1926, to Stuttgart in 1931 and to Berlin (Deutsche Oper) in 1934. Regular guest appearances at the Berlin Staatsoper (from 1929) and in Hamburg (1935–39); he further sang at the Vienna Staatsoper (one single performance in 1935, contrary to what Kutsch & Riemens say), in Stockholm, Antwerp, Liège, Munich, Frankfurt, Zoppot, Verona, Florence (Maggio Musicale 1938 as Siegmund), Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Belgrade, Bucarest. In 1939, he was in New York for a successful concert and two Met performances.
Odeon, Berlin, 29 April 1936 PBe11329 Un ballo in maschera: O sag, wenn ich fahr' O-25763, Parlophone R2487 PBe11330 Un ballo in maschera: Doch heißt dich auch ein Pflichtgebot O-25763 Odeon, Berlin, May 1936 PBe11339 Otello: Gott! Warum hast du gehäuft O-25835, Decca G-20452A PBe11340 Fidelio: In des Lebens Frühlingstagen O-25835, Decca G-20452B, Parlophone R2487 Odeon, Berlin, December 1936 Nsk16 All mein' Gedanken (Brahms) (w. Heidersbach) NSKG A2 Nsk17 Heimliche Liebe (trad) (w. Heidersbach) NSKG A2 NSKG means Nationalsozialistische Kulturgemeinde - a body within the Nazi party responsible for the ideological advancement of the Nazi cultural policy. Its head was the dreaded fanatic Alfred Rosenberg. Live Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – excerpts with Lehmann, Hoffmann, Wernigk, Thorborg and Weingartner, Vienna, Staatsoper, 20 September 1935 Teldec LP No. 6.43333 (Selig wie die Sonne), Koch Schwann CD No. 3-1462-2 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – excerpts with Manowarda, Hann, Fuchs, Lemnitz, Berglund, Zimmermann and Furtwängler, Vienna, Staatsoper, 5 September 1938 UORC 224 A-D; Koch Schwann CD 3-1452-2 Tristan und Isolde – act 2 with Flagstad, Gurney, Szanthó, Harris and Barbirolli, New York, Carnegie Hall, 16 April 1939 Tape of CBS Broadcast Tannhäuser – complete with Flagstad, Janssen, Pauly, List, Stellman, Harrell, Carter and Leinsdorf, New York, Met, 16 December 1939 Symposium CDs 1178/9, Venusberg only on EJS145(D)
Reference: The Record Collector, volume 42, no. 1, March 1997
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the pictures and the broadside.