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Alberta MLA Pushes For 'Chicken Dance' Band To Receive Walk Of Fame Star

11/20/2015 02:18 EST | Updated 11/20/2015 02:59 EST
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I think this may be my favorite chicken. He's a dear. We put him through a lot - dancing, cradling like a baby, etc. He got frost bite this winter, thus the rounded comb. Named for the guy who wrote <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S95ZN4TW_qc">this<a> gorgeous piece of music. </a></a>

EDMONTON — A politician is trying to get a roosting place on Canada's Walk of Fame for an Alberta band that popularized the "chicken dance.''

Chris Nielsen, an NDP legislature member, said in the legislature this week that The Emeralds are "a Canadian treasure'' and deserve the honour.

The polka-loving Edmonton band formed 45 years ago and had a smash hit with "The Bird Dance'' — a take on an older European dance song.

The band's version still has people clucking their hands and flapping their arms at weddings around the world.

Nielsen has asked all Alberta legislature members to sign a letter requesting that the band be given a star on the Walk of Fame next year.

One of the band's original members, Allan Broder, says it would be nice to be remembered on the celebrity sidewalk in downtown Toronto.

"It would be something that we could leave behind,'' he said Friday.

"We're not going to live forever and we've had a wonderful career in music. We have entertained thousands and thousands of people over the years.''

The Emeralds have recorded 29 albums, including "Bird Dance,'' which went double-platinum in Canada and gold in Australia.

Broder wouldn't reveal his age, but said The Emeralds' five members are all in their late 60s and early 70s.

Wallis Petruk and Don Remeika are founding members who still play with the band. Al Oswald and Dave Hnatiuk retired and were replaced by Terry Kole and Reiner Piehl.

The band continues to play about 40 shows a year at casinos, corporate events and anniversary parties, said Broder.

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