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Posted By: GUEST,Jim Brown
17-Apr-10 - 11:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Clarinet Polka
Subject: RE: Origins: Clarinet Polka
The Clarinet Polka was written by Leo B. Schroepfer AKA "Pinky" of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. He was a songwriter for Whoopee John Wilfahrt who lived in neighboring New Ulm.   

Whoopee John was a popular polka recording artist in the day and made the Clairinet Polka popular.

Pinky was my barber as a kid growing up in the 70's - I was a teenager and Pinky was 80 years old and still cutting hair.

I first learned that he was the author when the song was played on Hee-Haw and my dad told me Pinky wrote it. I asked Pinky personally about it and he confirmed what I was told. He said he recieved 1 cent royalty for each record Decca sold. That's probably why he was still cutting hair.