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Polka in Old Time Radio

Dancing a polka with your best girl is a celebration of life and living. Everyone can use more OmmPahPah in their life!

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(total playtime 19 hours, 35 min)
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"Polka Party: Lawrence Welk Polka"



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It is a dance for both the high-born and the low. It is just as home in a royal ballroom as it is in a beer hall or on the edge of a grain field as the harvest is coming in. The polka originated in Central Europe but quickly swept the world with its exuberance. Dancing a polka with your best girl is a celebration of life and living.

Even when you cannot dance the polka, just listening to polka music helps to bring these feelings out. Polka exploded across Europe in the mid-1800s, it was so popular that ballet academies in Paris were emptied as ballerinas were hired away as dance partners for young men wishing to learn the dance. The name of the dance comes from the Czech word "půlka" or "half" for the half steps that define the dance. According to legend, the dance was created by a young woman named Anna Slezáková who was dancing to a local folk song called "Strýček Nimra koupil šimla", or "Uncle Nimra Bought a White Horse", in 1834. Maestro Josef Neruda saw Anna performing the dance, recorded the tune on paper, and began teaching other young men the steps.

The polka swept the ballrooms of Prague in 1835, and soon nearly replaced the staid waltz in popularity in old Vienna. Great Britain was not as enthusiastic for the polka as their Continental brethren, but it became a popular ballroom dance in America after it was introduced in 1844 and remained so until it began to be displaced by two-step and ragtime dances. Polka remained popular with immigrant communities from Central Europe in the upper Midwest. The dance experienced a resurgence after WWII when many Polish refugees adopted polka as an expression of cultural unity.

Chicago naturally became a hotspot of the Polka world, and developed two distinct styles; "The Chicago Honky" and "Chicago Push".  The music for the former emphasized clarinet and trumpet while the latter supported accordion with an upright bass or bass guitar, drums, and trumpets. The area around Cleveland, Ohio, saw the rise of "Slovenian Style" polkas with bands featuring multiple accordions (which were sometimes replaced by saxophone, clarinet, and keyboards).

Polkas were an important part of Dinah Shore's repertoire. Not only were they the music of her background, the happy beats were perfect for her sunny personality. Polka rhythms seemed to be adaptable to any celebration or happy situation, with titles like "The Victory Polka", "The Oriental Polka", "The Sailor's Polka", "The Pennsylvania Polka", "The Choo Choo Polka", "The Southland Polka", "The Too Fat Polka", and, of course, "The Beer Barrel Polka".

The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced in 2009 that the Polka Category was to be eliminated from the Grammy Awards. We think that a new Polka Renaissance is well overdue. After all, what could be better on a crisp autumn evening than a twirl around the dance floor with your best girl, followed by a frosty cold beer? Everyone can use more OmmPahPah in their life!

See also: Lawrence Welk on the Radio Collection

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    total playtime 19 hours, 35 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 19 hours 35 minutes
      1. Al Trace And His Silly Symphonists 440406 American Polka.mp3
      2. Al Trace Orchestra 440406 American Polka.mp3
      3. Andrews Sisters 441231 Bing Crosby And Gabby Hayes.mp3
      4. Bergen Mccarthy 540117 Liberace.mp3
      5. Bewleys Chuckwagon Gang 161 Fiddle Polka.mp3
      6. Bewleys Chuckwagon Gang 521017 Beer Barrel Polka .mp3
      7. Bill Kemp Show 570000 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs.mp3
      8. Burns Allen 421208 J10 Being Neighborly.mp3
      9. Call For Music 480608 16 Bride And Groom Polka.mp3
      10. Call For Music 480629 20 Bride And Groom Polka.mp3
      11. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
      12. Country Hoedown 580000 064 Southland Polka.mp3
      13. Cowboy Hit Parade 480109 Smoke Smoke Smoke.mp3
      14. Fitch Bandwagon 430926 Afrs 009b Alvino Rey Abrupt End.mp3
      15. Gi Journal 450629 101 Choo Choo Polka.mp3
      16. Ginny Simms Show 440606 Victory Polka.mp3
      17. Glenn Miller Glenn Millers Music 390630 Barrel Polka.mp3
      18. Grand Ole Opry 510127 Red Foley Tennessee Polka.mp3
      19. Guest Star 409 550123 Martha Wright.mp3
      20. Guest Star 461 560122 Janet Blair.mp3
      21. Guest Star 530719 0330 Marilu Polka.mp3
      22. Guest Star 540509 372 Pizzicata Polka Tony Bennett.mp3
      23. Happy Gang 390729 Happy Gang.mp3
      24. Heres To Veterans 0732 Guzuentite Polka.mp3
      25. Hobby Lobby 490122 Cooking With Cold.mp3
      26. Johnny Mercers Music Shop 440901 39 Highway Polka.mp3
      27. Korn Kobblers 001 Ziv Village Tavern Polka.mp3
      28. Korn Kobblers 002 Ziv Tinker Polka Needs Hand Declick Only.mp3
      29. Kraft Music Hall 430930 Victry Polka, Phil Silvers.mp3
      30. Light Crust Doughboys 480000 1218 Barrell Polka.mp3
      31. Lightcrust Doughboys Fishermans Polka.mp3
      32. Little Matchmaker 520800 Audition.mp3
      33. Magic Key, 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
      34. Martin Lewis Show 511228 053 Dale Evans.mp3
      35. Melody Roundup 0432 Cowpoke Polka.mp3
      36. Music On Deck Second Song I Don T Wanna Mambo Polka.mp3
      37. Nash Kelvinator Musical Showroom 450902 Penns Polka.mp3
      38. Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman Presents 430718 Lou Holtz.mp3
      39. Pinto Pete In Arizona 30000x 27 Wont You Be My Honey.mp3
      40. Polka Party 600129 261 Lawrence Welk Polka.mp3
      41. Polka Party 600219 264 Beer Barrel Polka.mp3
      42. Polka Party 600408 271 Cradle Polka.mp3
      43. Polka Party 600506 275 Pelican Polka.mp3
      44. Polka Party 600716 285 Twirl Your Girl Orebic.mp3
      45. Roy Rogers Show 511207 Getaway.mp3
      46. Sons Of Pioneers 460000 35 Texas Polka.mp3
      47. Soundoff 440815 417 Texas Polk Aafrs.mp3
      48. Ten Two Four Time 450830 Texas Polka.mp3
      49. Tifh 491025 303 059 Hopscotch Polka.mp3
      50. Vposb 430723 Afrs 107 George Olsen, Victory Polka 107.mp3
      51. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Ghunziet Polka Spike Jones.mp3
      52. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Polka Spike Jones.mp3
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    52 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 35 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 19 hours 35 minutes
      1. Al Trace And His Silly Symphonists 440406 American Polka.mp3
      2. Al Trace Orchestra 440406 American Polka.mp3
      3. Andrews Sisters 441231 Bing Crosby And Gabby Hayes.mp3
      4. Bergen Mccarthy 540117 Liberace.mp3
      5. Bewleys Chuckwagon Gang 161 Fiddle Polka.mp3
      6. Bewleys Chuckwagon Gang 521017 Beer Barrel Polka .mp3
      7. Bill Kemp Show 570000 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs.mp3
      8. Burns Allen 421208 J10 Being Neighborly.mp3
      9. Call For Music 480608 16 Bride And Groom Polka.mp3
      10. Call For Music 480629 20 Bride And Groom Polka.mp3
      11. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
      12. Country Hoedown 580000 064 Southland Polka.mp3
      13. Cowboy Hit Parade 480109 Smoke Smoke Smoke.mp3
      14. Fitch Bandwagon 430926 Afrs 009b Alvino Rey Abrupt End.mp3
      15. Gi Journal 450629 101 Choo Choo Polka.mp3
      16. Ginny Simms Show 440606 Victory Polka.mp3
      17. Glenn Miller Glenn Millers Music 390630 Barrel Polka.mp3
      18. Grand Ole Opry 510127 Red Foley Tennessee Polka.mp3
      19. Guest Star 409 550123 Martha Wright.mp3
      20. Guest Star 461 560122 Janet Blair.mp3
      21. Guest Star 530719 0330 Marilu Polka.mp3
      22. Guest Star 540509 372 Pizzicata Polka Tony Bennett.mp3
      23. Happy Gang 390729 Happy Gang.mp3
      24. Heres To Veterans 0732 Guzuentite Polka.mp3
      25. Hobby Lobby 490122 Cooking With Cold.mp3
      26. Johnny Mercers Music Shop 440901 39 Highway Polka.mp3
      27. Korn Kobblers 001 Ziv Village Tavern Polka.mp3
      28. Korn Kobblers 002 Ziv Tinker Polka Needs Hand Declick Only.mp3
      29. Kraft Music Hall 430930 Victry Polka, Phil Silvers.mp3
      30. Light Crust Doughboys 480000 1218 Barrell Polka.mp3
      31. Lightcrust Doughboys Fishermans Polka.mp3
      32. Little Matchmaker 520800 Audition.mp3
      33. Magic Key, 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
      34. Martin Lewis Show 511228 053 Dale Evans.mp3
      35. Melody Roundup 0432 Cowpoke Polka.mp3
      36. Music On Deck Second Song I Don T Wanna Mambo Polka.mp3
      37. Nash Kelvinator Musical Showroom 450902 Penns Polka.mp3
      38. Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman Presents 430718 Lou Holtz.mp3
      39. Pinto Pete In Arizona 30000x 27 Wont You Be My Honey.mp3
      40. Polka Party 600129 261 Lawrence Welk Polka.mp3
      41. Polka Party 600219 264 Beer Barrel Polka.mp3
      42. Polka Party 600408 271 Cradle Polka.mp3
      43. Polka Party 600506 275 Pelican Polka.mp3
      44. Polka Party 600716 285 Twirl Your Girl Orebic.mp3
      45. Roy Rogers Show 511207 Getaway.mp3
      46. Sons Of Pioneers 460000 35 Texas Polka.mp3
      47. Soundoff 440815 417 Texas Polk Aafrs.mp3
      48. Ten Two Four Time 450830 Texas Polka.mp3
      49. Tifh 491025 303 059 Hopscotch Polka.mp3
      50. Vposb 430723 Afrs 107 George Olsen, Victory Polka 107.mp3
      51. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Ghunziet Polka Spike Jones.mp3
      52. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Polka Spike Jones.mp3
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    52 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 19 hours, 35 min

    Polka Shows Collection Disc A001

    1. Bewleys Chuckwagon Gang 161 Fiddle Polka
    2. Heres To Veterans 0732 Guzuentite Polka
    3. Korn Kobblers 001 Ziv Village Tavern Polka
    4. Korn Kobblers 002 Ziv Tinker Polka Needs Hand Declick Only
    5. Lightcrust Doughboys Fishermans Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A002

    1. Melody Roundup 0432 Cowpoke Polka
    2. Music On Deck Second Song I Don T Wanna Mambo Polka
    3. Pinto Pete In Arizona 30000x 27 Wont You Be My Honey

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A003

    1. Magic Key, 361115 058 Rembrandt

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A004

    1. Glenn Miller Glenn Millers Music 390630 Barrel Polka
    2. Happy Gang 390729 Happy Gang
    3. Burns Allen 421208 J10 Being Neighborly

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A005

    1. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A006

    1. Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman Presents 430718 Lou Holtz
    2. Vposb 430723 Afrs 107 George Olsen, Victory Polka 107
    3. Fitch Bandwagon 430926 Afrs 009b Alvino Rey Abrupt End

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A007

    1. Kraft Music Hall 430930 Victry Polka, Phil Silvers
    2. Al Trace And His Silly Symphonists 440406 American Polka
    3. Al Trace Orchestra 440406 American Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A008

    1. Ginny Simms Show 440606 Victory Polka
    2. Soundoff 440815 417 Texas Polk Aafrs
    3. Johnny Mercers Music Shop 440901 39 Highway Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A009

    1. Andrews Sisters 441231 Bing Crosby And Gabby Hayes
    2. Gi Journal 450629 101 Choo Choo Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A010

    1. Ten Two Four Time 450830 Texas Polka
    2. Nash Kelvinator Musical Showroom 450902 Penns Polka
    3. Sons Of Pioneers 460000 35 Texas Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A011

    1. Light Crust Doughboys 480000 1218 Barrell Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A012

    1. Cowboy Hit Parade 480109 Smoke Smoke Smoke

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A013

    1. Call For Music 480608 16 Bride And Groom Polka
    2. Call For Music 480629 20 Bride And Groom Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A014

    1. Hobby Lobby 490122 Cooking With Cold
    2. Tifh 491025 303 059 Hopscotch Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A015

    1. Grand Ole Opry 510127 Red Foley Tennessee Polka
    2. Roy Rogers Show 511207 Getaway

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A016

    1. Martin Lewis Show 511228 053 Dale Evans
    2. Little Matchmaker 520800 Audition
    3. Bewleys Chuckwagon Gang 521017 Beer Barrel Polka
    4. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Ghunziet Polka Spike Jones

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A017

    1. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Polka Spike Jones
    2. Guest Star 530719 0330 Marilu Polka
    3. Bergen Mccarthy 540117 Liberace
    4. Guest Star 540509 372 Pizzicata Polka Tony Bennett

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A018

    1. Guest Star 409 550123 Martha Wright
    2. Guest Star 461 560122 Janet Blair
    3. Bill Kemp Show 570000 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs
    4. Country Hoedown 580000 064 Southland Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A019

    1. Polka Party 600129 261 Lawrence Welk Polka
    2. Polka Party 600219 264 Beer Barrel Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A020

    1. Polka Party 600408 271 Cradle Polka
    2. Polka Party 600506 275 Pelican Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A021

    1. Polka Party 600716 285 Twirl Your Girl Orebic

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