“Liechtensteiner Polka” performed during Oktoberfest Celebrations for Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey.
Those of you planning fun events for the Fall, should consider our Oktoberfest musicians for your party. These guys plan an entire series of German themed games for your guests’ enjoyment. They alternate the music by playing traditional Saxon folk songs and more modern fare.
We like to shoot our videos right where the action is. This performance was at a country club in New Jersey. Immediately in front of the bandstand people were dancing and singing(trying to) . This was an evening where a good time was had by all!
The only place we could shoot the video was on the sidelines. We’re not entirely happy with the look or the sound, because of where we had to stand. However, the fun factor of this group of musicians comes through loud and clear.
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Will Glahé (February 12, 1902 — November 21, 1989), was a German accordionist, composer, and bandleader. Glahé was born at Elberfeld. In the 1930s, he was, along with Heinz Munsonius and Albert Vossen, one of the most successful accordionists in Germany. He led his own orchestra from 1932 and became successful particularly in popular music.
One of his most famous songs in Germany was his 1936 recording of “Rosamunde” (a German female forename), a cover version of the song “Škoda lásky” (“Wasted Love”) by Jaromir Vejvoda. Under the title “Beer Barrel Polka”, the tune hit #1 on the Hit Parade in the United States in 1939. After World War II he was known as the “Polka King” in the U.S., and did both big band and folk music arrangements with his orchestra.
His “Liechtensteiner Polka” was also a hit in the U.S., hitting #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957. The follow-up single “Sweet Elizabeth” (1958) appeared in all major U.S. charts, nearing the top 40 in Cashbox and Music Vendor.
He died in Rheinbreitbach.