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Composer: Roger Bright

Lyrics: Bob Lorenz, and Gene Tebo


Original Hit Recording:

Roger Bright Orchestra     

Album: "Longing for Switzerland"   

Cuca Records K 2600


Time: 2:45


Other Recordings:

Richie Vadnal Orchestra

Eddie Rodick Orchestra

Kenny Brandt Band

Fred Ziwich & his International Sound Machine

Mahoning Valley Button Box Club


Key: Bb, Eb, Ab

Musicians on Hit Recording:

Roger Bright, accordion    

Joey Miskulin, accordion    

Gene Tebo, vocal

Bob Lorenz, piano

Karl Gmur, bass

Roger Pulver, guitar

Robbie Schneider, yodeler



Green Valley is a lilting waltz with romantic lyrics and winsome yodeling that pleases listeners and dancers alike.  Joey Miskulin played on the original recording of Green Valley by Roger Bright in Wisconsin.  As he recalls, Roger's first album "Come to the Mountain" was such a success he decided to record another album in his Swiss-Slovenian style.  Joey, who returned to Cleveland in 1967, heard many new songs that were recorded in Slovenia on polka radio.  He took note of one of the tunes in particular, an Alpine melody.  Joey suggested to Roger that Gene Tebo and Bobby Lorenz, who had written lyrics for other songs, create English words, and Roger work on the tune.  The result was "Green Valley" waltz, with Gene Tebo on the vocal and champion yodeler Robbie Schneider, owner of the New Glarus Hotel where Roger Bright's orchestra played.  Joey played a European-style accordion accompaniment.  Richie Vadnal liked the song so well, that he wanted his orchestra to record it with Slovenian lyrics.  Richie asked Jack Tomsic, a Slovenian-born Clevelander to translate the English words into the Slovenian language.  With help from Frankie Vadnal, the Slovenian lyrics came about.  Richie recorded the song in Slovenia, titled "Zelena Dolina," with Frankie singing the vocal, and brother Tony, yodeling. The Vadnals also released the tune in America.

Eddie Rodick recorded "Green Valley" on his live CD recording in 1990, "60 Years of Cleveland-Style Polkas."  He called upon Joe Stradiot to sing the vocal on his version.  The song's popularity continues with two recent recordings, one by Fred Ziwich's orchestra and the other by Mahoning Valley Button Box Club.