Monday, March 24, 2014

Forsaken Memories

By listening to WRJQ, I rediscovered Romy Gosz, a once-popular Wisconsin band leader, who worked from the '30s to the '60s. I had to search pretty hard to find any of his music for sale; I ordered two CDs from Polkamart and got them today.

The band has a lot of passion and musicianship. Romy plays trumpet and uses a plunger mute on many songs. The horns use a wide vibrato that's been out of fashion for a long time. I really love it. Here's a jukebox playing "Forsaken Memories" —

The tune also goes by the name of Millie's Waltz. I already posted Elmer Scheid's version, here's Ivan Kahle's:

Monday, March 17, 2014

the whole world loves a parade

Saturday was the St Patrick's parade in San Francisco. Once again, it was proved that the Irish and the Germans have some great things in common.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A couple of new ones for the DMV

First off: Die Fischerin vom Bodensee, originally from this 1956 film with the same title:

Next up: Wie der Teufel es will, or, what the Devil wants. This is printed on the same piece of sheet music for us. Karl Gott had the hit in '76:

I like this instrumental duo:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dan Witucki for JG Wentworth

Why this financial service(?) is using an oompah band for their ad, I don't know. One good thing about posting a YouTube video that's an ad is that you're not likely to get ads on top of it.

The band is Dan Witucki's Heimatland Musikanten. You know he's for real because he's got a HENGEL's concertina. How did I know this? I learned it in a Facebook post from the US Concertina Association!