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Touch This - Album

1. OPENING THEME POLKA
2. NA ZDROWIE POLKA
3. ONLY YOU POLKA

4. CRYING EYES POLKA

5. HIGH BOUNCE POLKA
6. DATE NIGHT POLKA
7. WHY ARE YOU HIDING POLKA
8. C'MON BACK POLKA
9. DELRIO DRIVE
10. PEOPLE LIKE YOU POLKA
11. MEASURE MY LOVE WALTZ
12. CIRCUS POLKA
13. TOUCH POLKA
14. FALLIN' IN LOVE POLKA
15. GOOD NIGHT MY FRIENDS WALTZ

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"Touch This" Album marked the beginning of Jerry Darlak & The Buffalo Touch Band. On this introductory album, the band records original tunes along with a few classic songs paying tribute to Polka greats like Marion Lush and the Ampol Aires. These veteran musicians create magic with a new style and sound all their own.

In the chart at the bottom of page, hear a taste of the songs from this album as Jerry Darlak and The Buffalo Touch add their own spin to some classic songs along with their fastastic original tunes!

The Opening Theme Polka was written by Jerry Darlak and originally recorded by Marion Lush in 1965, for the album "An Evening with Lush." As a tribute to Marion ( Jerry's "buddy and mentor"), The Touch always open a dance with this song. It is their way of keeping the tradition alive.

Na Zdrowie Polka is Another Marion Lush tune sung by Ken Machelski, who is so much like Marion in character as well as voice-- that the band nicknamed him Maniu (Marion in Polish). This was always Lush's first song when he played, and to this day The Touch plays it as their second song -- again, in honor of Marion Lush.

Only You Polka was originally recorded in the 1960's by The Goral Boys from Buffalo, which included The Touch's own Ken Machelski and Steve Michaels. It was such a hit then that the Buffalo Touch decided to re-release this song.

Crying Eyes Waltz was originally recorded for Marion Lush's "Mickey Mouse" Album--Jerry played drums when this song became a big hit. It has always been one of Jerry's favorites songs because of its beautiful orchestration. The main inspiration behind The Touch recording this tune is Ken Machelski's voice sounding almost identical to Marion-- the "Golden Voice."

High Bounce Polka is another of Marion Lush's finest instrumental recordings. Jerry and The Touch felt that this upbeat polka would be a welcomed addition to this album.

Date Night Polka and Why Are You Hiding Polka are two songs originally recorded by the Naturales, one of Chicago's outstanding polka bands in the 1960s. The leader, Don Lucki, and vocalist, Whitey Pavola, are Jerry's very good friends, and he included these songs on The Touch's album in their honor.

C'Mon Back Polka is an original of Jerry Darlak and The Buffalo Touch written by Ray Barsukiewicz-- the band's trumpet, clarinet, saxophone player and vocalist. The Polka field is not as active as it was 20 years ago and this song is written 'to excite people and get 'em back dancin'. The Touch wants to see 1,000 people a night at small church dances-- like the "good Ole days." Jerry and the band members would love to see more children interested in polka music-- the way they were as kids.

Delrio Drive was written originally by Vern Meisner of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jerry has wanted to record this song since his days with Eddie Blazoncyk's Versatones, but it was always "put on the back burner" because of hit after hit songs like My Mary Lou, Polka Hero, and Polka Celebration. When Jerry formed the Touch, this was one of the first songs they decided to record, especially after returning from Arizona, where on many nights they had to play the song two times in a row . In this tune, you can easily see Jerry's love for the Mexican culture; he describes this style as "half Polka and half Mariachi."

Measure My Love Waltz is another Goral Boys hit, which was such a success that they put it on both the "A Album" and the "Blue Album." This release, now 30 years later and still a big hit, includes vocals by original Goral Boys, Steve Michaels on lead and Ken Machelski on harmony.

Circus Polka is an Ampol Aires tune recorded by The Touch in tribute to Eddie Zima, who formed the band and originally recorded this song. Anyone who knows Jerry knows that the Ampol Aires was his "all-time favorite polka band and Circus is his all-time favorite song by them."

Touch Polka is an original Touch tune written by Ray Barsukiewicz. This tune introduces everyone in the band as they play brief solos. What a wealth of talent and a delight to hear!

Fallin' In Love Polka is an old Jimmy Rogers tune reintroduced as Jerry puts it--as a "country-flavored polka". A great polka song with a "little bit o country".

Good Night My Friends Waltz is another Touch original, written by talented Ray Barsukiewicz and Jerry Darlak, who were inspired to write this song while " hanging out with the boys." One of them gets a few notes in his head, they roll with it and it turns out sounding great! This song serves as a great ending song in this album and is also their ending song in all their performances.

 

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