George Staiduhar is an extraordinary accordion player who studied classical music
and practiced scales to master the accordon keyboard. He wrote Mozart's Polka in
1974, but did not record the song until 1989. The tune reflects his classical training.
The melody line recalls an overture George once played, but is not based on a Mozart
theme. He gave the polka the Mozart title because he liked the sound of it and the
composer. George played Mozart's Polka on a regular basis on jobs as a member of
the Harry Faint Revue. Two accordionists, Walter Ostanek and Hank Thunander, picked
up on the song, and began playing it in the 1980s. Fred Ziwich played and recorded
the song, but out of deference to George did not release it immediately.. Mozart's
Polka was released in 1990, with George's fancy-fingering, on a Harry Faint Revue
album, "Polkas By George," on the Peppermint Records label. The song was later included
on a compact disc, "The Best of Harry Faint." The tune caught on with polka fans,
and in the year 2000, in its first year of eligibility was nominated for a Greatest
All-Time Hit Song" by Polka Hall members.
George said, "The song did not have the impact at first, it was too new. Now it
is our signature song."