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New Album from America's Polka King
Published July 24, 2008

Jimmy Sturr's Let The Whole World Sing! is due to be released on August 5.

17-time Grammy award winner, polka bandleader and entertainer Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra return with a new album on Rounder, entitled Let The Whole Whole World Sing!, August 5. Known for his warm personality, stellar musicianship and ever-expanding repertoire, Sturr is the master of re-invention keeping one foot firmly planted in the traditional polka world while allowing the other to venture into new musical territory. The result is always innovative, contemporary, and exciting.  

Let The Whole World Sing! is a varied collection that features Sturr’s orchestra both on its own and in support of such special guests as Ray Price, Raul Malo, and Charlie Prose. Showcasing the full range of Sturr’s musical interests are songs such as the traditional polka song, “Wojenko,” sung by Sturr band member Johnny Karas two polka-tempo covers of classic country songs “Heartaches By The Number,” featuring a rousing vocal from progressive country star Raul Malo, and “I Love You Because,” offering a tender vocal performance by country music legend Ray Price and more recent songs deserving wider exposure, such as “The Wedding Song,” written by Australian songwriter Ian Betteridge. Two covers of instrumental standards on this album are characterized by imaginative arrangements: a stunning rendition of the big band composition “Manhattan Spiritual,” and a charming version of Floyd Cramer’s popular instrumental hit “Last Date.” Let The Whole World Sing! shows that Sturr is in peak form. He’s delivered one of the most engaging and infectious albums of his storied career.

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