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Album Review

Polka Time is a pure polka dance platter with ten polkas, all but one of which are instrumental, performed with zest and good humor by Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks. The recordings were taped before a live audience at an unnamed event, although that often becomes apparent only at the end of each selection when the crowd roars its approval. "When You Wore a Tulip (And I Wore a Big Red Rose)" is the lone vocal number, which the Yanks sing in unison until the audience joins in for an enthusiastic singalong. The group keeps up a brisk dance except for "When It's Springtime in the Rockies," a moderate waltz with alternating organ and accordion leads. Polka Time was released by Harmony, Columbia's budget label, so the brief text provides no information about the vintage or origin of the recordings. Yankovic wasn't called the Polka King for nothing, though, so his arrangements and performances are well executed despite the generic packaging.


Born: 28 July 1915 in Davis, WV

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

America's undisputed Polka King, Frankie Yankovic did more to popularize polka music than any other single performer, and remains the yardstick by which all other polka artists are measured. Yankovic was the first polka artist to score a million-selling single (1948's "Just Because"), the first to perform on television, and the first to win a Grammy for Best Polka Album when the category was created in 1985. Singing mostly in English, Yankovic modernized the folk-dance music of Central and Eastern...
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