Jaromir Vejvoda - Zbraslav, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61
N 49° 58.546 E 014° 23.572
33U E 456467 N 5536113
Quick Description: Jaromír Vejvoda was the Czech musician and author of famous 'The Beer Barrel Polka'
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 5/12/2013 1:32:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMH2QQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
Jaromír Vejvoda was born and died in Zbraslav. He learned to play the fiddle and flugelhorn in a band led by his father. Later he played these instruments in a military band. He started to compose in the 1920s.

In 1929 he wrote the Modranská polka named after Modrany, a suburb of Prague where it was played the first time. This catchy tune became a hit and allowed Vejvoda to pursue music as a full-time professional. It was published in 1934 with lyrics Škoda lásky, kterou jsem tobe dala...
Publishing house Shapiro Bernstein acquired the rights shortly before World War II and the polka, now the "Beer Barrel Polka" with the English lyrics "Roll out the barrel...", became the most popular song of the Allies in the West, although the original Czech lyrics have a very different meaning and do not speak about beer. After the war this polka became popular around the world, in German-speaking countries as Rosamunde-Polka.

The bronze and rectangular plaque is located on Vejvoda's home/house, now a restaurant called Škoda Lásky.

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Location: Zbraslavské náměsti

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