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.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").
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.
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 Heart of Hearts album in 1975 as well.