National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123

USA

 

E-mail: Polkashop@aol.com

Phone: 216-261-3263

Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA

Fax: 216-261-4134

 

Artist of the Month  ♫ Georgie Cook ♫

November 2016

 

Georgie Cook

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

Inducted in 1991

 

 

 

Georgie Cook

1909 - 2002

 

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SUGAR AND SPICE POLKA

Georgie Cook

78 RPM Recording

Georgie Cook spun his banjo magic for over 65 years spanning eight decades beginning in the 1920s. A master of America's only native instrument, Georgie performed as a soloist, Cleveland-Style bandleader, sideman, and teacher. A successful composer, Georgie saw over fifty of his tunes recorded.

 

In 1926, fascinated with the stylings of banjo great, Eddie Peabody, Georgie worked at a newspaper stand and sold scrap to earn the $50 his family could not afford for a banjo. Unable to finance weekly lessons, Georgie persuaded Peabody to increase the workload between monthly sessions. Georgie played his first professional job, a stage show, in 1928 and became a regular on WHK radio after only one appearance on its weekly variety show.

 

Georgie served his apprenticeship accompanying polka pioneer Matt Hoyer and Cleveland-Style tavern accordionists Shorty Kalister and Valentine Turk. Georgie was with Frank Yankovic during his heyday from 1946 to 1951.

 

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