Rock 'N Polka

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Learning that Jimmy Sturr watched Lawrence Welk as a child offers the central clue to understanding and appreciating his popular style of polka. While many might question the coupling of rock and polka, this is the type of schmaltz that Welk pulled off week after week on his television program and reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show still run on PBS. Sturr, in fact, has more or less taken Welk's place, and has even received a modicum of respect from those outside his field. This respect can be measured on Rock 'N Polka by the presence of several high-profile guests including Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. Nelson, in fact, is something of a co-star here, delivering ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Learning that Jimmy Sturr watched Lawrence Welk as a child offers the central clue to understanding and appreciating his popular style of polka. While many might question the coupling of rock and polka, this is the type of schmaltz that Welk pulled off week after week on his television program and reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show still run on PBS. Sturr, in fact, has more or less taken Welk's place, and has even received a modicum of respect from those outside his field. This respect can be measured on Rock 'N Polka by the presence of several high-profile guests including Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. Nelson, in fact, is something of a co-star here, delivering versions of "Since I Met You Baby," "Singing the Blues," and "Bye Bye Love." Still, this is an album for Sturr fans, not country and bluegrass fans. It's difficult to imagine Lee Greenwood's version of "Personality" reviving his career, or Duane Eddy's new version of "Rebel Rouser" impressing rock critics. For those who like their polka without any artistic embellishments, Rock 'N Polka will be the best thing since Pat Boone recorded heavy metal. Now all Sturr needs is his own TV program.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 682161610924
  • Catalog Number: 6109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Splish Splash (2:53)
  2. 2 Personality - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (2:28)
  3. 3 Rebel Rouser - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (1:55)
  4. 4 Since I Met You Baby - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (3:20)
  5. 5 Fun Fun Fun - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (2:31)
  6. 6 Dream Lover - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (1:58)
  7. 7 Charlie Brown (2:49)
  8. 8 Singing the Blues - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (1:57)
  9. 9 The Wanderer (2:59)
  10. 10 Don't Be Cruel - Larry Chance & The Earls (1:58)
  11. 11 The Great Pretender (3:36)
  12. 12 Hello Mary Lou (2:47)
  13. 13 Bye Bye Love - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (1:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Sturr Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Guest Appearance
Lee Greenwood Guest Appearance
Willie Nelson Guest Appearance
Duane Eddy Guest Appearance
Ray Barno Orchestra Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Coyman Drums
Wally Czerniawski Accordion
Nick Devito Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Allen Henson Background Vocals
Johnny Karas Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Joe Magnuszewski Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Al Noble Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Eric Parks Trumpet
Carmella Ramsey Background Vocals
Tim Stafford Guest Appearance, Group Member
Wayne Taylor Guest Appearance, Group Member
Frank Urbanovitch Fiddle, Vocals
Cheryl White Background Vocals
Ken Harbus Trumpet
Larry Chance Guest Appearance
Keith Slattery Piano
Forest Borders Background Vocals
Al Piatkowski Accordion
Dave Grego Bass
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Duane Eddy Composer
Gene Pitney Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Mike Love Composer
Ernie Maresca Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Mark Capps Engineer
Ray DeBrown Arranger
Richard Harrington Liner Notes
Ken Irwin Producer, Audio Production
Toby Mountain Mastering
Tom Pick Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mike Stoller Composer
Henry Will Arranger
Harold Logan Composer
Cayet Mangiaracina Composer
Joe Donofrio Producer, Audio Production
Murray "The K" Kaufman Composer
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