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In 1940, Zacharias was discovered by Lindström-Electrola [6] (then-name of the German branch of EMI ) and in 1941 had his first mainstream success with Schönes Wetter Heute . [1] By the 1950s, he was considered to be one of the best jazz violinists of Europe and was dubbed "The Magic Violinist" and "Germany's Mr. Violin". In 1956 he achieved his greatest success in the United States with the release of "When the White Lilacs Bloom Again" which, on 22 September, reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 . [7] [8] On 21 November 1964 he reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart with Tokyo Melody , [9] following its use as theme music for the BBC 's coverage of the 1964 Summer Olympics . [10] [11] Zacharias moved to Switzerland in the late 1950s [11] and continued playing with many other famous artists, including Yehudi Menuhin . From 1968 to 1973 he appeared in his own television show. In 1985, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany . [5]