National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Frank Champa is one of the few musicians who can boast of a career lasting eight
decades. Starting with the button box at age five, Frank went on to teach himself
the chromatic accordion and was soon making the musical rounds throughout Cleveland.
The distinctive Slovenian-style polka sound he brought to weddings and parties was
later captured on records he made with his son, Ray. For nearly 30 years, Frank's
tavern was a lively meetingplace for dancers and polka personalities, with live music
every weekend. Frank and Ray were honored as 1977 Musicians of the Year at their
neighborhood Collinwood Slovenian Home.