Born July 3, 1952 in Bay Village, Ohio to parents Edward and Emma Bucar, Denny's
love for polka music came at an early age growing up in the Collinwood neighborhood
always having polka music in the home.
His father Edward, played upright bass in a polka band. Denny would listen to the
many band rehearsals which was instrumental for Denny becoming a musician at an early
At age seven, Denny began taking guitar lessons. Age thirteen switched to bass guitar
and joined his first band called "The Blades" playing the dances at the Junior High
School and teen dances at local Knights of Columbus halls.
The year 1969, Denny was asked to become a member of the Bob Oblocki Band and by
doing so this became the start of his lifetime love affair with polka music.
At age seventeen, the excitement of walking into a recording studio for the very
first time with Bob Oblocki, Eddie Rodick, Gary Fisher, Bob Tanko and Bob Bohinc
which would lead the way to perform and record with many bands through the years.
1971 through 1976 he performed with George Staiduhar which led to Denny's first album
recording, many television appearances, performances in many states and two tours
In January of 1977 he was asked to become a member of The Dave Wretschko Band, playing
many weddings, lounges, festivals, dances, picnics, hosting Caribbean Cruises along
with many bus trips performing with the band in his fourteen years with Dave.
He was a member with Mike Wojtila and the Entertainers 1990 to 1992, the Eddie Rodick
Band 1992 to 1995 and Bob Kravos and the Boys In The Band 1997 to 2006.
Known as a sideman, Denny has added his musical talent recording with Georgie Cook,
George Staiduhar, Pol-Kats, Fairport Ensemble, Dave Wretschko, Gaylord Klancnik,
Milan Racanovic, Eddie Stampfl, Kathy Hlad, Ron Likovic, Lynn Marie Rink, Mike Wojtila
& The Entertainers, Al Battistelli, Joey Tomsick, Hary Faint, Bob Kravos and the
Boys In The Band, Eddie Rodick, Zeke and Charlie, Wayne Tomsic, Magic Buttons, Mahonning
Valley, Sam Pecorilla, Frank Svet, Frank Stanger, Ron Sluga, and Walter Ostanek Canada's
Polka King adding up to fifty-two recording projects to date. Thirteen of these
were nominated for a Grammy on Walter's projects with Denny's highest recording achievement
was being on a Grammy award winning recording with Walter.
Through all the years, he has performed on stage with over seventy groups and has
had the honor to even perform with the late Lojze Slak. He has appeared on television
and recorded video's with various bands through the years, hosted and performed on
tours to Slovenia and various countries, Caribbean Cruises, bus trips and played
throughout the United States and Canada. He still performs, promotes and records
His forty-five year career as a Disc Jockey began at an early age as well. He was
taught by his dad to share the duties of the radio shows along with his brother.
He is brother to Dale Bucar, known for hosting Bucars International Polka & Croatian
Program every Sunday morning for the past 46 years on WINT 1330 AM and is also known
for his vocalizing. The Supper Hour Polka Show was turned over to Denny which he
hosted and produced for thirty-two years from 5:00 to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday.
The show was a household favorite on 1330 AM.
Currently Denny is heard every Saturday on "Polka Radio" over WINT Radio 1330 AM
and 247Polkaheaven.com. Tony Petkovsek, longtime friend asked Denny to Co-Host with
him along with Joey Tomsick and Joe Valencic 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM. He also produces
and hosts "Bucar's Polkas"on 247Polkaheaven.com since its inception four days a week
which allows him to promote and support polka music by all the bands, various fund
raisers, festivals, dances, dinners and polka events sponsored by Slovenian lodges,
Churches and Slovenian organizations.
He is a Founding and Lifetime member serving as a trustee since the inception of
the Polka Hall of Fame. He had served as Vice President for many years, still an
active trustee and serving on the Executive Board.
Over the years, Denny has been honored with the Crystal Award from the Polka Hall
of Fame for Support and Promotion, Vocalist of the Year, Sideman of the Year, Band
of the Year, Recording of the Year and Trustee's Honor Roll. He was named Musician
of the Year in 1991 by the Collinwood Slovenian Home and was an active long time
member of The Pol-Kats during their existence.
For the past eight years Denny has served on the Board of Directors for the Slovenian
National Home at 65th and St. Clair Ave. working and promoting the many functions
that are sponsored by the home. Denny worked thirty-three years for the City of
Euclid retiring as Assistant to the Director on December 31st, 2010.
Denny feels he has been blessed as a musician and radio personality who is proud
to promote the Slovenian Community, take part on various committees, MC various events,
promote our Slovenian music over the airwaves or his performances with numerous bands,
whether live on stage or in the studio on recordings that so many love, have brought
happiness to fans worldwide.
He would also like to acknowledge and thank all the musicians that he performed or
recorded with and to the band leaders that allowed him to add his talents whether
on bass or as a vocalist. To his family, especially the early years, for their support
and understanding. To all the friends that have supported him through all the years.
He is especially proud of his son Brandon Bucar who is employed by Live Nation who
produces many concerts for today's music industry. Brandon has even produced two
Polka Hall of Fame Shows. He also acknowledges his significant other Debbie Davidson
for her continued support.