Thought the group might find the reference below interesting.
I've copied a small portion of an AP article, an obituary of "Polka
King" Frankie Yankovic, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83.
BC-FL--Obit-Yankovic, 1st Ld-Writethru,0735
By LISA HOLEWA
Associated Press Writer
Yankovic won the first Grammy for polka in 1986. His Grammy
nomination for "Songs of the Polka King, Volume 2," in 1998 was
his fourth nomination.
On that album, he teamed up with the song parody king "Weird
Al" Yankovic - believed to be a distant relative - for a version
of "Who Stole the Kishka."
A popular tune about the theft of blood sausage (pronounced
keesh-KA), the song's lyrics include the verse: "Round and firm
and fully packed, it was hanging on the rack. Someone stole the
kishka! Won't you bring it back? Hey!"
(Copyright 1998 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Is anyone familiar with that song? Was it written recently, or did the
two Yankovics pick a much older, "vintage" song? If so, I wonder if it
predates the cigarette ads (Lucky Strike?) that used the phrase.
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> Is anyone familiar with that song? Was it written recently, or did the
> two Yankovics pick a much older, "vintage" song? If so, I wonder if it
> predates the cigarette ads (Lucky Strike?) that used the phrase.
It's worth knowing that the phrase "So round, so firm, so fully-packed; so
free and easy on the draw" was, indeed, a staple of the Lucky Strikes adverts
on the radio in the salad days of the medium.
(Specifically, such as were prefaced and concluded by the tobacco auctioneers
as concluded their rapid-fire routines--not exactly Walter Winchell or Floyd
Gibbons, mind you, both well-known for their high-speed style of news
delivery on the radio--with the catchphrase "Sold--AMERICAN!!" And I can just
imagine Bugs Bunny "stealing the show" with the carrot-chomping routine and
his famous "Ehhhh--what's up, doc?!" entrance cue immediately following.)
(Historical note: At about the time of the North African campaign, in early
1942, of World War II, Lucky Strike introduced another of their famous ad
taglines: "Lucky Strike Green HAS GONE TO WAR!!" The better to remind people
that the green ink used in printing Lucky Strike packets heretofore contained
"material essential to the war effort," so forcing the changeover to a white
packet for the sake of victory. The white packet is still used for Lucky
And lest we forget: There was also the Morse-code "L.S.M.F.T."--"Lucky Strike
Means FINE Tocacco!"--to go along with the tobacco-auctioneers' spiel and the
"So round, so firm, so fully-packed," usw., business.
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