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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!

31 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 12 hours, 7 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 12 hours, 7 min
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      31 shows - total playtime 12 hours 7 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. Bill Kemp Show 570000 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs.mp3
      6. Burns Allen 421208 J10 Being Neighborly.mp3
      7. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
      8. Cowboy Hit Parade 480109 Smoke Smoke Smoke.mp3
      9. Fitch Bandwagon 430926 Afrs 009b Alvino Rey Abrupt End.mp3
      10. Glenn Miller Glenn Millers Music 390630 Barrel Polka.mp3
      11. Grand Ole Opry 510127 Red Foley Tennessee Polka.mp3
      12. Guest Star 409 550123 Martha Wright.mp3
      13. Guest Star 540509 372 Pizzicata Polka Tony Bennett.mp3
      14. Happy Gang 390729 Happy Gang.mp3
      15. Heres To Veterans 0732 Guzuentite Polka.mp3
      16. Korn Kobblers 001 Ziv Village Tavern Polka.mp3
      17. Korn Kobblers 002 Ziv Tinker Polka Needs Hand Declick Only.mp3
      18. Kraft Music Hall 430930 Victry Polka, Phil Silvers.mp3
      19. Lightcrust Doughboys Fishermans Polka.mp3
      20. Magic Key, 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
      21. Martin & Lewis Show 511228 053 Dale Evans.mp3
      22. Music On Deck Second Song I Don T Wanna Mambo Polka.mp3
      23. Pinto Pete In Arizona 30000x 27 Wont You Be My Honey.mp3
      24. Polka Party 600129 261 Lawrence Welk Polka.mp3
      25. Polka Party 600506 275 Pelican Polka.mp3
      26. Polka Party 600716 285 Twirl Your Girl Orebic.mp3
      27. Soundoff 440815 417 Texas Polk Aafrs.mp3
      28. Tifh 491025 303 059 Hopscotch Polka.mp3
      29. Vposb 430723 Afrs 107 George Olsen, Victory Polka 107.mp3
      30. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Ghunziet Polka Spike Jones.mp3
      31. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Polka Spike Jones.mp3
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      31 shows - total playtime 12 hours 7 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. Bill Kemp Show 570000 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs.mp3
      6. Burns Allen 421208 J10 Being Neighborly.mp3
      7. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
      8. Cowboy Hit Parade 480109 Smoke Smoke Smoke.mp3
      9. Fitch Bandwagon 430926 Afrs 009b Alvino Rey Abrupt End.mp3
      10. Glenn Miller Glenn Millers Music 390630 Barrel Polka.mp3
      11. Grand Ole Opry 510127 Red Foley Tennessee Polka.mp3
      12. Guest Star 409 550123 Martha Wright.mp3
      13. Guest Star 540509 372 Pizzicata Polka Tony Bennett.mp3
      14. Happy Gang 390729 Happy Gang.mp3
      15. Heres To Veterans 0732 Guzuentite Polka.mp3
      16. Korn Kobblers 001 Ziv Village Tavern Polka.mp3
      17. Korn Kobblers 002 Ziv Tinker Polka Needs Hand Declick Only.mp3
      18. Kraft Music Hall 430930 Victry Polka, Phil Silvers.mp3
      19. Lightcrust Doughboys Fishermans Polka.mp3
      20. Magic Key, 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
      21. Martin & Lewis Show 511228 053 Dale Evans.mp3
      22. Music On Deck Second Song I Don T Wanna Mambo Polka.mp3
      23. Pinto Pete In Arizona 30000x 27 Wont You Be My Honey.mp3
      24. Polka Party 600129 261 Lawrence Welk Polka.mp3
      25. Polka Party 600506 275 Pelican Polka.mp3
      26. Polka Party 600716 285 Twirl Your Girl Orebic.mp3
      27. Soundoff 440815 417 Texas Polk Aafrs.mp3
      28. Tifh 491025 303 059 Hopscotch Polka.mp3
      29. Vposb 430723 Afrs 107 George Olsen, Victory Polka 107.mp3
      30. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Ghunziet Polka Spike Jones.mp3
      31. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Polka Spike Jones.mp3
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    31 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 12 hours, 7 min

    Polka Shows Collection Disc A001

    1. Heres To Veterans 0732 Guzuentite Polka
    2. Korn Kobblers 001 Ziv Village Tavern Polka
    3. Korn Kobblers 002 Ziv Tinker Polka Needs Hand Declick Only
    4. Lightcrust Doughboys Fishermans Polka
    5. Music On Deck Second Song I Don T Wanna Mambo Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A002

    1. 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. Vposb 430723 Afrs 107 George Olsen, Victory Polka 107
    2. Fitch Bandwagon 430926 Afrs 009b Alvino Rey Abrupt End
    3. Kraft Music Hall 430930 Victry Polka, Phil Silvers

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A007

    1. Al Trace And His Silly Symphonists 440406 American Polka
    2. Al Trace Orchestra 440406 American Polka
    3. Soundoff 440815 417 Texas Polk Aafrs

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A008

    1. Andrews Sisters 441231 Bing Crosby And Gabby Hayes

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A009

    1. Cowboy Hit Parade 480109 Smoke Smoke Smoke

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A010

    1. Tifh 491025 303 059 Hopscotch Polka
    2. Grand Ole Opry 510127 Red Foley Tennessee Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A011

    1. Martin & Lewis Show 511228 053 Dale Evans
    2. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Ghunziet Polka Spike Jones
    3. Your Rhythm Revue 530000 Polka Spike Jones

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A012

    1. Bergen Mccarthy 540117 Liberace
    2. Guest Star 540509 372 Pizzicata Polka Tony Bennett
    3. Guest Star 409 550123 Martha Wright

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A013

    1. Bill Kemp Show 570000 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs
    2. Polka Party 600129 261 Lawrence Welk Polka

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    Polka Shows Collection Disc A014

    1. Polka Party 600506 275 Pelican Polka
    2. Polka Party 600716 285 Twirl Your Girl Orebic

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