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Czerwone Gitary

Czerwone Gitary Poland

Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars) are one of the most popular pop-rock bands in Poland. The band formed in 1965 and are seen as the Polish equivalent of the Beatles by many Poles of a certain age.

Czerwone Gitary with one of their best known early hits ‘Ciągle pada’ (Still Raining).

Disco Polo

Disco Polo

Disco Polo is a sort of a blend of Eurodisco and traditional Polish folk songs, which, although undergoing something of a revival this year, was most popular in the 1990s. Disco Polo remains an essential ingredient of many Polish weddings and other such celebrations in Poland. The former Polish president Aleksander Kwaśniewski even used disco polo during his presidential campaign. Other politicians still do. The music is generally heavily dominated by a keyboard sound. Disco Polo is most definitely not too everyone’s taste. Many feel positively sickened by the sound!

Anyway, judge for yourself. Listen to some fairly typical Disco Polo right here.

Stanislaw Moniuszko

Stanislaw Moniuszko

Stanislaw Moniuszko was born in 1819 near Minsk to a Polish noble family. During his lifetime he grew to become a distinguished Polish composer, conductor, and teacher, who wrote many operettas, ballets and operas.

He is perhaps best known for his music of a patriotic nature, weaving in to his own compositions elements of traditional folk songs. His most famous works include the opera ‘The Haunted Mansion’ and ‘Halka’.

He died in 1872 in Warsaw.

Listen online to some of the music of Stanislaw Moniuszko on the BBC website.

Bobby Vinton

Fascinating fact # 22

Bobby Vinton is a Polish American

Polish Prince

The cover of Bobby Vinton’s 1980s Christmas album, ‘Santa must be Polish’!

Bobby Vinton is a Polish American popular singer who was most prolific in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Athough born in Pennsylvania, Bobby has a Polish Father and Polish Mother and such is the strength of his Polish connection in his heyday was often referred to as the ‘Polish Prince’. The Vinton family’s original name was Vintula.

As it’s almost Christmas here is Bobby Vinton’s Santa Must Be Polish. Listen online and feel free to sing along. The lyrics can be found below!

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to you
Santa must be Polish he’s jolly as can be,
Riding on his sleigh with gifts for you and me.
Santa must be Polish all dressed in red and white,
Slipping down the chimney, while you’re asleep at night.

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Means happy holidays to every one of you.
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
He brings joy and cheer to every one each year.

Santa must be Polish, he’s such a merry man,
Bringing lots of toys to every one he can.
One thing he’s demanding and he wants it understood,
He’ll only bring you presents if you’ve been very good

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Means happy holidays to every one of you.
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
He brings joy and cheer to every one each year.

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Means happy holidays to every one of you.
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
He brings joy and cheer to every one each year.

Other hits included: There! I’ve Said It Again, Mr. Lonely, Sealed with a Kiss, Blue Velvet, and My Melody of Love (which featured a mix of English and Polish lyrics).

Bobby Vinton also featured in a number of movies including Surf Party, Big Jake, and The Train Robbers.

Offsite link: Bobby Vinton (official website).

Polka Dance and Music

Polka dance

The polka is a dance and also a genre of dance music, which originated in the middle of the 19th century in the area now southern Poland and the Czech Republic. The word ‘polka’ itself meaning “Polish woman”.

In Poland, Polka is not now a much listened to genre of music or dance danced but both are popular in many parts of the USA. Indeed, anywhere there are large groups of immigrants, with roots in Central Europe. Chicago being a good example.

Here’s an example of American Polish-style Polka music and dancing.

The Heavy Metal band – Turbo

Kawaleria Szatana

Poland’s premier hard rock band Turbo’s album Kawaleria Szatana. Perhaps not dissimilar to the band Iron Maiden.

Turbo are a heavy metal band from Poznan in Poland. They have to date produced more than a dozen albums. The most famous of which is probably Kawaleria Szatana (Satan’s Cavalry) from 1986.

Listen to the fairly melodic single ‘Dorosle dzieci’ (Adult Children) by Turbo here!

Related webpage on the Polish Poland website: The hard rock band TSA.

Marek Grechuta

Marek Grechuta

Marek Grechuta’s Golden Greats CD album

Marek Grechuta was a Polish singer, songwriter, composer, poet, and artist. His music ranged from jazz fusion and avant-garde through to progressive rock. He was (and remains) one of the most popular of Polish singers, loved by Poles of all ages.

The song Korowod (Procession) from the 1971 album of the same name by Marek Grechuta.

Marek Grechuta was born in December 1945 in Zamosc, Poland. He died in October 2006 in Krakow.