American Polka | German

"Further hours of unceasing pleasure."
(John Peel, BBC)

The term 'polka' is an umbrella for the dance music of central European
immigrants in the US. From the different ethnic music styles of the Polish,
Germans, Bohemians, Slovenians and Slovaks developed a pan-American dance
music in the fifties. Superstars such as Frankie Yankovic and Li'l Wally
penetrated far into mainstream musical culture. At that time polka was so
popular in the Midwest that even well known country musicians had to switch
to polka to survive. Today polka is back with a vengeance, with a new
generation of bands brushing it up with punk, rock and jazz.

American Polka
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