Too Fat Polka (1947)
Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.
1) Have you ever danced the polka?
2) The centerpiece of a traditional Polish polka band is the accordion. The accordion is a substantial instrument. Have you ever tried to play it?
Again. Gratefully no. Could be a boob thing..
3) The plump lady of this song cannot fit into the singer’s car. How many passengers does your car comfortably seat?
5 people or 1 people + 1 dog
4) Would you like to lose a few pounds?
5) In the long ago 1940s, this song was considered amusing. Do you think it’s still funny today?
I suppose folks are a bit more understanding these days.
6) Arthur Godfrey, who recorded this song, was a popular radio and TV host from the 1930s to the 1970s. Before this week’s Saturday 9, had you ever heard of him?
7) One of his more popular radio shows was Talent Scouts. A 1940s-50s version of American Idol, this show gave previously unknown singers their first national exposure. Godfrey could point with pride to having helped discover Tony Bennett and Patsy Cline, but he made a mistake by rejecting Elvis Presley. Tell us about something you’d do differently if you could get a “do over.”
Twenty something years ago I moved here to Hooterville for 5 years.
8) In 1953, Godfrey made news by having one of the nation’s very first hip replacements. Have you ever been/would you be part of a clinical trial, either for a new drug or a new medical procedure?
I trust some of those things about as much as I trust certain individuals with foreign policy or the economy or the environment or with women’s bodies…
9) RANDOM QUESTION: You and a friend are shopping. She tries on an expensive sweater and enthusiastically asks what you think. You think it looks awful. Do you tell her the truth?
I would first define my own truth by telling her to wait till it goes on sale or that I saw a nicer one somewhere else.