I see that a few people have aired this band on WFMU, but I'm absolutely miffed that no one has written about them! This record is one of my favorites, it is a steamrolling, unmitterated embodiment of pure happiness. The Joseph A. Ferko String Band (anchored to an annual Mummers parade in Philadelphia), has been active since 1922. In the 50s and 60s, they not only made the Billboard Charts, but outsold Fats Domino and Sammy Davis Jr. Dubbed "The Happiest Music in the World", the Ferko String Band (still active) has performed for The Jackie Gleason Show, in some movies, game shows, or national morning news programs over the years, and in the aforementioned LP recording (which I don't think I'd have the liberty to share), the unit is supposedly 100 men strong. Every song is in the same tempo (often faster than the videos featured here) and all of the happy-go-lucky lyrics are unrelentingly shouted for the duration of the record, in a bombastic fit of precise and disciplined racket. In my estimation this record is like the blind mob rule of absolute and unflinching joy, some kind of Mickey Mouse military rally against the hangover goblins. I will stop at the risk of being accused of hyperbole and let you listen for yourself, but I mean it! Don't be so glum!