Cheese 'n Crackers is a crowd-pleasing polka that compels people to head for the
dance floor. It has an energetic first part, and kicks into high gear on the second
part. Fred Gregorich was residing in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, when the thought came
to him to write "Cheese 'n Crackers Polka." He did not base it on an existing song,
just his own idea. He said, his bass player, Lou Rosenberger stopped in, and helped
him fine- tune the song. Fred said that Lou tweaked a few notes and the result was
the first part of what is now "Cheese 'n Crackers." The second part evolved from
a playing job in Sygan, Pennsylvania, at the Lemon Tree establishment. Fred adlibbed
a second part to one of the last songs of the evening, and Lou leaned over and told
him, 'Don't forget this one, Gregorich.' Fred retained the melody and used it as
the second part of "Cheese 'n Crackers." As far as the title, several numbers on
the album have food related names, such as "Ham 'n Eggers," and "Snack Time"polka.
Fred re-recorded "Cheese 'n Crackers" with the DelFi's on an album, "Good Times"
in 1979 and added a kicker at the end of the song by modulating the second part up
to the key of F. Through the years, many polka bands and several button accordion
groups have adopted the polka.