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Wis. musician sues ex-wife, man over polka tune

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin polka musician is accusing his ex-wife and her new husband of stealing one of his most popular polka tunes.

Ray Rubenzer of Chippewa Falls filed a federal copyright-infringement lawsuit this week. The 66-year-old says he wrote and copyrighted "Yodelin' Boy Polka" in 1978 and performed it for years with his wife, Lois.

After he and Lois divorced in 1984 she married David Melgaard, also of Chippewa Falls. The lawsuit says she and Melgaard recorded a song called "C'mon and Sing." Rubenzer alleges the tune is really "Yodelin' Boy Polka" with different lyrics.

Melgaard acknowledges to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/mlnij1 ) the melodies are similar but says any resemblance is coincidental.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Rubenzer says he'd like Melgaard and his ex-wife to apologize in a newspaper.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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