Sound Recording, "The Beer Barrel Polka"

Description (Brief)
The Andrews Sisters—Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne—began their music career performing in vaudeville shows throughout the country. “Beer Barrel Polka” was one of their biggest hits, quickly becoming a popular jukebox selection. Based on a Czechoslovakian song, “Beer Barrel Polka” helped inspire an interest in international music in the United States. The sisters continued touring as a group into the 1950s, eventually selling over 90 million records.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sound recording
date made
recording artist
Andrews Sisters
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
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accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Eula W. Wake in Memory of Harry Wake
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