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MARSOVIA WALTZ. Old-Time, Waltz. A popular waltz composed by Henriette Blanke-Belcher. The title refers to the mythical kingdom of Marsovia, created by Franz Lehár for his fantastically successful operetta The Merry Widow/Die Lustige Witwe (1905). The waltz was covered by a variety of artists, from Italian accordion players, to the United States Marine Band, and old-time groups such as Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters (AKA The Hillbillies), who recorded “Marosovia Waltz” in New York in December, 1928. The same recording was also released in Mexico as “Marsovia” although the name of the group was changed to Los Alegres. Hopkins' group for the recording consisted of Frank Wilson (steel guitar), Al Hopkins (vocal), Walter Hughes (guitar), Elvis Alderman (fiddle), Ed Belcher (fiddle) and John Hopkins (ukulele).
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Recorded sources: Brunswick 321 (78RPM), Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters (1928). Decca 5282 (78 RPM), Louisiana Strollers (1936). Document 8041, The Hill Billies/Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 3." Victor 18770 (78 RPM), Pietro Deiro (1917).
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Hear Italian accordion player Pietro Deiro's 1917 recording at the LOC