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Songs About Beer
By Robbie Rhodes

On Wed, 25 Jun 1997  Conrad Seidl wrote:

> I am a beer-writer trying to compile a list of music related to beer.
> This could be  (beer) drinking songs,
>                pieces of music with "Beer" or "Ale" in the title
>                music related to "Gambrinus" etc.
> It would be interesting to get infos on composers, titles and possibly
> who recorded them on which label.
> Schoenen Dank
> Conrad Seidl

 [ Gambrinus is a mythical Flemish king said to have been the
 [ inventor of beer.  -- Robbie

Dear Conrad,  an old American pop song, which features Budweiser Beer
in a cute pun, is

   "Bud Weiser's a Friend of Mine"

"Bud" and "Bub" ("Bubba") are names (from German) for your brother or
a good pal.  The singer is explaining to his dear wife why he was late
returning -- because he had to take his buddy home:

  "Bud, Bud Wei-ser's a friend of mine,
   Friend of mine, yes, a friend of mine !
   What care I if the sun don't shine,
   while I quaff Bud-wei-ser ...
   I was seeing Bud Wei-ser home !"

I think the song was recorded on the Victor label by Billy Murray and his
vocal quartet, and it was quite popular circa WW1.  I shall search for
the music and text; I think that Claus Kucher and his good friends would
enjoy singing it.

Another cute beer-title is "Under the Anhaeuser Busch", which I suppose
extolls the pleasure of lying in the shade with a cool beer.

Many radio broadcasting stations in America did not permit mentioning the
word "beer", and so the very well-known "Beer Barrel Polka" was announced
simply as "The Barrel Polka".  Of course, everyone knew what the *real*
title was.

I think the hit record came from Europe, performed by "The Will Glahe
Polka Band."  English lyrics were written in 1939 by Lew Brown, and the
song was recorded by the Andrews Sisters as "Roll Out the Barrel".  It
was a phenominal hit -- everyone knew the melody already -- but still
there was no mention of beer !

Prosit !

Robbie Rhodes

 [ It will be fun to assist Conrad in his research.  What other good
 [ songs about beer do we know?  -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 4 Jul 1997, 15:41:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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