Sunday, September 04, 2011
Polkas for Labor Day? Why not! I mean, why not?!
I've gotten ahead of myself on the polka ripping, so I just made a database of titles featured here--lists for lists, a PC-age phenomenon. Computers, after all, are primarily data-storing devices. The more advanced they become in that regard, the trickier it becomes to organize and access that data. If computers ever become thinking, intelligent things, the first thing they'll do is hide all of our data and charge us to see it. Dough for data. And what could we do?
Today's polka recordings date back to 1927. Or, rather, "probably 1927." "Whoopee John" Wilfahrt's Aunt Ella's Polka of 1930 is the essence of what I call the TV polka sound. I had no idea that sound existed all the way back in 1930, two decades before Lawrence Welk's television debut. What other polka-history secrets are we en route to discovering here on the Polka Time! series? Is it the destiny of this feature to polka hole in standard ethnic-pop history? Tuba continued.
Click here to hear: Polka Time! Part 6
SLOPPY JOE--POLKA--Golden Bells O. (Continental 1143)
CARNIVAL POLKA--Joseph Snihur (Sonart M-584; 1943-ish)
BABKA--POLKA--Veterans Band (Victor V-701; Late 1930s)
KUJAWIAK OD ZYCHLINA--Orkiestra Ulenskiego (Victor 18-81336; 1928)
HAPPY GIRL--OBEREK--Fr. Dukli Wiejska Band (Victor 18-80719; Prob. 1927)
AUNT ELLA'S POLKA--"Whoopee John" Wilfahrt (Vocalion 15902; 1930)
EDNA--POLKA--"Whoopee John" Wilfahrt (Vocalion 15906; 1934)