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" Škoda lásky
("Beer Barrel Polka")
Roll Out the Barrel
Memorial plaque of the author with the song's name in Czech, German and English
Beer Barrel Polka, also known as Roll Out the Barrel, is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II. The music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927. [1 ] Eduard Ingriš wrote the first arrangement of the piece, after Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingriš's help in refining it. At that time, it was played without lyrics as Modřanská polka ("Polka of Modřany"). Its first text was written later (in 1934) by Václav Zeman – with the title Škoda lásky ("Wasted Love"). [2 ]
polka became famous around the world. In June 1939, "Beer Barrel Polka", as recorded by Will Glahé, was #1 on the Hit Parade. This version was distributed by Shapiro Bernstein. Glahé's earlier 1934 recording sold many copies in its German version Rosamunde (it is possible the reason for the rapid spread was due to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany, and subsequent emigration of thousands of Czechs to other parts of the world, bringing this catchy tune with them). The authors of the English lyrics were Lew Brown and Wladimir Timm. Meanwhile, the song was recorded and played by many others such as Andrews Sisters in 1939, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Bobby Vinton, Billie Holiday, and Joe Patek who sold over a million copies of his album "Beer Barrel Polka." [3 ]
During World War II, versions in many other languages were created and the song was popular among
soldiers, regardless of their alliances. It was claimed many times that the song was written in the country where it had just become a hit. Its actual composer was not widely known until after the war.
Popular culture [ edit ]
The song became a signature song of well-known entertainer
Liberace. Since the 1970s, it (usually the
Frankie Yankovic version) has been played during the seventh inning stretch at Milwaukee Brewers baseball games, as well as becoming one of the state of Wisconsin's unofficial state songs as it is also played at numerous University of Wisconsin sporting events, as well as Green Bay Packers home games, and Milwaukee Panthers basketball games, including after every home win. The Australian Rugby League Football Club,
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks has a club song known as 'Sharks Forever' which is sung to the tune of Beer Barrel Polka.
Brave Combo and Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra made their own compositions of "Beer Barrel Polka". The song is a standard for the accordion rock band
Those Darn Accordions, who released a studio version in 1992 on their album . Vongole Fisarmonica
Arthur Miller's play features a recording of a young girl whistling this song. Death of a Salesman
Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers plays a variation of this song in the movie and At the Circus . A Night in Casablanca
The Wiggles sang this song on their album and video Sailing Around the World. In the Disney movie
, a scene features a tape recorder playing The Andrews Sisters' version of the song while The North Avenue Irregulars Patsy Kelly, Barbara Harris, and Virginia Capers sing along with it. It is sung in the final scene of the
television episode, "Rumpole and the Alternative Society" (1977). Rumpole of the Bailey Played occasionally as a "tuning" in between songs performed by the Grateful Dead, w/first performance on Feb. 9, 1973 & last performance ???
Bobby Vinton recorded "Beer Barrel Polka" in 1975. The song was released as the follow up single to his multi million selling " My Melody of Love"and scored as a Billboard and Cashbox Top 40 hit. The success of the single, which was particularly popular on Jukeboxes led to its inclusion on Vinton's album in 1975 as well. Heart of Hearts
Other Versions [ edit ]
In an episode of
, the Queen of England sings a portion of the song with a piano accompaniment. Mr. Bean: The Animated Series In an episode of
, a trained bear plays the song for Jay Sherman, the critic, trying to stay a part of his show. The Critic An instrumental version is featured in the 1941 film
. Meet John Doe
Elton John was known to play this particular song at the Northwood Hills Pub, along with " King of the Road." In an episode of
, "Papa Schultz - Top Hat, White Tie, and Bomb Sight", the prisoners sing part of this song. Hogan's Heroes In 2005 the tune of 'Beer Barrel Polka" became the main inspiration for the theme tune for
Marvel Comics's movie and can be heard throughout. The Fantastic Four In the 1946 movie
, the song was sung by the POWs to drown out the camp speakers and by the repatriated troops as they arrive home. The Captive Heart
Names in other languages [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
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