National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Frankie Kramer blazed into the polka scene like a shooting star, one of the best
of the new generation of polka players after the glory years of the 1950's. Frankie
started playing the accordion at age 9 and was largly self-taught. He organized his
first band when he was 14. By the 1960's, the Frankie Kramer Orchestra attracted
an avid following and made regular appearances on the "Polka Varisties" televsion
show in WEWS in Cleveland. In the mid-1960's, Frankie also managed Kramer's Lounge
in Cleveland. Kramer's Lounge became a polka haven in the Midwest for musicians and
fans. As a musician, Frankie had a knack for taking a waltz or a polka and giving
it his own kick-up-your-heels style. He recorded three albums, "TV Polka Party,"
"Earth-Moving Polka," and "Polkas Cabaret Style." He moved to Minnesota in 1975,
where he continued to entertain on the accordian.