It's yodeling day here at Disneyland Nomenclature. I am quite a fan of yodeling, perhaps because it's tied to two places that I love--the Alps and the American West. Cowboy songs often feature yodeling; in Disneyland's Frontierland, you can hear a bit of this in the "Pecos Bill" recording done by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers. Of course, you can also find recordings of yodeling in the Matterhorn Bobsleds queue and at the Village Haus restaurant. But in the golden days of yore, you used to be able to hear live yodeling at Disneyland!
When Walt brought the Matterhorn to Disneyland, he brought in some other elements to lend authenticity to the experience. There were the well-known mountain climbers (and the Sierra Club members, first to scale the mountain for its televised debut), the Tyrolean Band, and... Disneyland's very own yodeler, Fred Burri, who uniquely entertanied Guests for about eighteen years.
I don't have too much to say about him right now. I found a blog post about Fred that mentions an album he recorded: Fred Burri, Disneyland Yodler with Alphorn and Swiss-Accordion, Swiss Folkmusic and Yodeling. It wasn't recorded at or by Disneyland, but if anybody has a copy, I'd love to listen!
Also, you'll really have to forgive my tardiness in passing this information along (I've had this post as a draft for about a month!), but Fred is performing this week in Portland, Oregon, at the Swissfest 2008. If you're in the area, that starts tomorrow!