Monday, December 07, 2020

13-Polka Christmas

Is there anything that says Christmas more than a peppy polka? I don't think so!  Get up from your seat and dance a while to these awesome slices of Christmas revelry, sourced from, you guessed it, The Internet Archive, and their deep collection of vintage 78s. Even though some of these have the same name, I don't think they're all the same song. I've tried to keep duplicates to a minimum this year, but things happen.

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14 comments:

Buster said...

Nothing like polkas to brighten up anyone's day, especially when you include one from Cleveland!

By the way, I like it when old record labels restate the obvious in their credits, such as "Merry Christmas Polka (Polka)" in case we were concerned that the Merry Christmas Polka was actually a waltz.

Ernie said...

Which one is Cleveland?

Well, there are about a million big band records where they note that the vocalist is the same person credited with the entire record... i.e. Fred and his orchestra, vocal chorus by Fred. :)

Thanks for the comment, Buster!

Buster said...

Frankie Yankovic!

Ernie said...

Oh, the maker of every other Polka record in the world. Well, back in the day. Later it was Jimmy Sturr. Not sure who holds the title these days. :)

David Federman said...

Polkas for this holiday season seem out of season. In most sparsely populated Covid-observant households like mine, I'd think the few people there would be inclined to waltzes, fox trots and tangoes. However, these would be perfect for one of Mike Pompeo's overcrowded White House parties. No gift keeps giving more than Coronavirus. Anyway, I'm glad you excavated these. You've kept me from a "treasure" hunt I have never ever wanted to undertake. Please keep up this Christmas shellacking. It's nice to find likable examples of genres I hate.

Ernie said...

These are good ones, because most (if not all) of them are vocal versions. I get tired of finding polkas with great titles, only to find out they're instrumental and have nothing to do with the title.

There are plenty more of these out there, I'm sure. You'd be hard pressed to collect up all of the Christmas Polkas out there.

More Christmas dance steps to come later in the season. :)

Mac said...

I'm so tired from polka'in' around the tree today that I need to rest for a while for sure!, thanks for that workout....these are wonderful. I keep telling myself to stop collecting tracks but then you go and drop things like this in my lap - hoo boy....

Richard said...

BLESS YOU!!!!!

Ernie said...

Gesundheit!!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Hmmm... Where else have I heard Merv's "Merry Christmas Polka" before this season? (-:

Great selection. Cool to hear other "pop" version of this number. Frankie Y. apparently didn't record the number until 1951, though it seems to be associated with him.

Lee Hartsfeld said...

And how come MEGA likes you and Buster but hassled me to the point of having to leave? I'm sure it was nothing personal, but...

JustaJeepGuy said...

I'm no big polka fan but I will check this out. Nothing says I have to KEEP it, right?

petlod said...

This batch is especially fun. Thanks, Ernie!

A college friend of mine grew up with Freddy Martin's version of "Merry Christmas Polka" on a compilation and introduced me to it. We're both totally amused by the overly-boisterous laugh after the "happy and gay" line...which to us sounds a tad like Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Ernie said...

Thanks for the comments all!

Lee, as usual, beat me to the punch. Here's a link to his post featuring Merv Griffin, which probably sounds better than my hack job. :) http://musicyouwont.blogspot.com/2020/12/more-christmas-78s-christmas-favorites.html

Pete-That's just not right...