Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Weird Frank

Polka, you say?  Well why not! I shared this out way, way back in 2007, and it's still vitally important today as it was then.  Though maybe not so much as when it came out in 1964, battling for chart space against The Beatles.  Frankie lost, I'm afraid.  But his loss is your gain! I can't share any Beatle music, but I can share this with you. This is Frankie Yankovic-Christmas Party (Columbia CS 9053, Stereo, 1964).

1. Jing-A-Ling (Christmas Time Is Here Again)
2. The Merry Christmas Polka
3. Blue Christmas
4. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
5. Jingle Bells Polka
6. Christmas Polka
7. There'll Always Be A Christmas
8. Christmas Chopsticks
9. Christmas Lullaby
10. Medley: The First Noel; It Came Upon The Midnight Clear; Away In A Manger; We Three Kings Of Orient Are
11. Medley: O Come, All Ye Faithful; Good King Wenceslas; Ihr Kinderlein Kommet
12. Medley: Joy To The World; Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Whoops, that's another one on Spotify that I didn't notice.  There's a link in the comments.


Kwork said...

Awesome! Love polka once in a while. Thanks.

barba said...

remember those old variety shows on tv in the 50s and 60s? i used to love it when a singer would come out on stage smiling and snapping his fingers to some happy up-tempo music, then look right into the camera and sing “i’m blue… yes, baby i’m blue… it’s true… yes, i’m so sad and blue…”. in memory, it always happened that way. in truth, probably not always. but often enough. i got a real charge out of frankie yank and his team singing what must be the happiest version of ‘blue christmas’ ever recorded. in weird barba’s imaginary vinyl hall of fame, this would be a single and the flip side would be jackie gleason’s dirge version of ‘jingle bells’.

Brad R-M said...

I hate to do it to ya twice in one day, but...


Ernie said...

Somebody has got to keep me honest. :) Keep checking for me.

Brad R-M said...

I'll give you the heads up. Partly why I know about these is that I spent a long time combing through Spotify to make those giant playlists of mine. So I'm relatively familiar with what they have that's the kind of stuff you and I like to hear/share.

Der Bingle said...

A couple of years ago I went to the estate sale of Don Lipovac, who was known as the Polka King of Kansas City. Found about 25 Christmas records (bought 'em). Mr. Lipovac had scads of polka albums, as you might expect. I was excited to find a Frankie Yankovic signed album cover, but then dismayed to find no record in it. So I left it there. Saddest thing about the estate sale was seeing a recording that Mr. Lipovac had made on the Lawrence Welk Show, and realizing that there was no family to inherit it. The Lipovacs didn't have any children, so his legacy in recorded music is fading out. :-(