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.