Sunday, November 30, 2014

the Bartender's Polka

There are at least three different tunes called the Bartender's Polka, and they're all good!

First up is one with Polish lyrics, just posted yesterday! I think of this as Chicago style polka.

I remember hearing Walt Solek's "Bartender's Polka" when I was a kid:

The Bartender's Polka that Hank Thompson had a country western hit with in 1958 is popular with the Dutchman style polka bands that I love. Here is that tune, covered by Gary's Ridgeland Dutchmen:

At the beginning of this video, Gary Brueggen says it's the same tune as Fingertanz. I heard that and thought great, we've got that in our new books! — but it seems to be a different "Fingertanz".

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