Greatest Hits of Polka

The Greatest Hits of Polka

by Jimmy Sturr
     
 
Polka went public with Lawrence Welk and The Lawrence Welk Show in the mid-'50s, and 50 years later, not all that much has changed. This time warp is apparent, and to fans of the genre, will be welcomed on Jimmy Sturr's The Greatest Hits of Polka Sturr, in fact, might be the perfect leader to fill-in for the departed Welk, his son even, carrying on the

Overview

Polka went public with Lawrence Welk and The Lawrence Welk Show in the mid-'50s, and 50 years later, not all that much has changed. This time warp is apparent, and to fans of the genre, will be welcomed on Jimmy Sturr's The Greatest Hits of Polka Sturr, in fact, might be the perfect leader to fill-in for the departed Welk, his son even, carrying on the tradition of champagne music. Nearly everything -- the song choices, the cheesy background singing, and the joyful beer hall cadence -- might've been borrowed from Welk's television programs. For non-fans, it's impossible to understand how these renditions of "Beer Barrel Polka" and "Charlie Was a Boxer" could be appealing -- how they were ever appealing -- to anyone. Part of the problem is that polka, like commercial folk music from the late '50s and early '60s, is hopelessly out-of-sync with the current mood of cynicism. Songs like "Tic Toc" and "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" are happy songs from an era when most folks (especially white middle class men folks) were optimistic about the future. The Greatest Hits of Polka will probably have its greatest appeal, then, to an audience who never got hip to the pessimism that began growing rapidly during the '70s (around the time that Welk's show was canceled).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661611320
catalogNumber:
6113

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Performance Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Primary Artist
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Mel Tillis   Vocals
Myron Floren   Accordion
Jordanaires   Vocals
Johnny Karas   Vocals
Frank Urbanovitch   Vocals
Cathy Rocco   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Frank Loesser   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Tom Pick   Producer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Bill Shibilski   Liner Notes
Henry Will   Arranger
Bob Shelton   Composer
Joe Shelton   Composer
Doyle Brown   Producer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Wladimir A. Timm   Composer
Vaclav Blaha   Composer
Joe Donofrio   Producer
Arthur Richardson   Composer
Tommy Gallagher   Producer
Edmund Koetscher   Composer
Phil Benenati   Cover Photo
Ed Lehner   Producer
Norman Lee   Composer
Vaclav Zeman   Composer
Rudi Lindt   Composer

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