America's Polka King
As seen on Public Television, this PBS Special hosted by Myron Floren, is a comprehensive documentary about the life and 50-year career of Grammy® Award winner Frank Yankovic, an extraordinary American musician and performer. During the late 1940's and 1950's, nearly everyone who listened to the radio or watched television had heard of Frank Yankovic's music. He expanded the genre of polka music and brought it into the mainstream of popular American music. Millions of people bought his records. His biggest hits, The Blue Skirt Waltz (the second most popular song in 1949) and Just Because, sold over a million records each when first released. Yankovic's career was a whistlestop tour playing to millions of fans for over three generations.
This Emmy Award winning program examines the life of "America's Polka King", and his contribution to the history of popular music.
- "Just Because"
- "The Blue Skirt Waltz"
- "Beer Barrel Polka"
- "Clarinet Polka"
- and many more!
"No one ever played polka any better than Frankie Yankovic."
"Get ready to get happy!"
"He took the polka, modernized it and got kids dancing to it."
Production by Candee Productions Inc, 2010
Producer: Thomas Ciesielka
Director: Rees Candee
4:3 Full Screen, Color/BW, 55 mins, Dolby 2.0
Format: NTSC, Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Genre: Documentary, Music