National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Eddie Simms was the only Cleveland-Style squeezeboxer who was a boxer in real life.
Eddie and his brother Frank, also a professional fighter, joined their step-brother
in his Matt Hoyer Trio. The Trio made the first Slovenian polka and waltz records
in the United States. Eddie is heard on accordion and banjo on 97 songs recorded
on Columbia and RCA Victor Records, in New York City from 1920 to 1930. He fought
200 fights as a heavyweight, with 18 straight KOs. Eddie boxed Joe Louis and Max
Baer. His Hollywood film career includes movies with Ricardo Montalban, Fred Astaire,
Jerry Lewis, and James Dean. He played the accordion on the set. Eddie settled in
Las Vegas in 1989.