Eddie Blazonczyk & The Versatones

Music, Music, Music

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Music, Music, Music! began when Stephan Weiss, a Vienna-born writer who came to the U.S. in the '30s, and Bernie Baum, a 20-year-old child prodigy violinist, wrote the tune. In 1950, Teresa Brewer put it on the charts at number one and kept it there for 17 weeks. 46 years later, Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones of Chicago revived the tune "Blazonczykized" and made it the title cut of their 1996 recording. Music, Music, Music!, on the Bel-Aire label, a mixture of excellent Polish and catchy American tunes, including five originals from the pen of Eddie Blazonczyk. The "Where Is My Lover" polka has "hit" written all over it with the dynamic horns, accordion/concertina drive, and solid Polish vocals. The "Tweedlee Dee" polka, a cover of the Chicago-born LaVern Baker and the Gliders' hit from 1955, will have the listener singing along the first time through. The "I Got Married" oberek puts the accordion and concertina in a duel, pushing and hitting the riffs and gliding through the melody, while the clarinet sneaks in to musically tease the concertina. Don't ignore the sax work in the intro of "Poor Little Rich Boy" polka. It takes you back to the days of early Blaz, youthful Dynatones from Buffalo, and the dynamic Dynasticks of Detroit. The Blazonczyk rendition of "Loose Talk," an old country standard, fits the mixture of musical stylings on this release. Following it with the "Chicago Times" polka, done "à la Marion Lush," brings the musical dialogue back to the Polish roots, a tactic Eddie Blazonczyk has mastered over the years. When you play this one, crank up Music, Music, Music! and enjoy Eddie Blazonczyk & the Versatones, "The Nation's Number One Polka Band." Bel-Aire Records is located at 7208 S. Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois 60455.