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2011-09-08 / Celebrations & Milestones

Prill song on Sturr CD


Pictured here are Jimmy Sturr & Johnny Prill at the Summer Music Festival in Frankenmuth. 
Photo provided Pictured here are Jimmy Sturr & Johnny Prill at the Summer Music Festival in Frankenmuth. Photo provided BAD AXE — Local songwriter Johnny Prill has a song on a new CD. “Polish Prince," about Bobby Vinton, is on “Not Just Another Polka,” by 18-time Grammy Award winner "Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra." The Starr Records release features 12 tracks in all.

Prill said he was elated when he received the news that his song “Polish Prince” would be included on Sturr's new disc. “I've always been a big fan of Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra, and when I received an advanced copy of the disc, I was thrilled. It meant that Bobby Vinton would be honored with my song performed by a top-notch band like the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra,” said Prill.

Prill, who has had a number of his songs recorded by Vinton, stated, “I've visited with Bobby several times, and he's really just a down-to-earth guy. He always takes the time to say hello and visit with his fans. Bobby is the real deal, and I was inspired to write 'Polish Prince' after reading his autobiography.”

"Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra" is the only polka band to appear at Carnegie Hall. They have appeared five times and sold it out all five times. His band is the only polka band to appear at Opryland. Their travels have brought them twice to the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.

Billboard Magazine called Bobby Vinton “the all-time most successful love singer of the Rock-Era.” From 1962 through 1972, Vinton had more Billboard #1 hits than any other male vocalist, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Vinton became known as “The Polish Prince” in 1974 when his self-written song “My Melody of Love,” sung partially in Polish, became a multimillion No. 1 selling single.

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