National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
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Joe Kusar could hear accordion music from the picnic grounds near his home in Euclid,
Ohio. He started performing on the button accordion at age 12. His Joe Kusar Trio
included Georgie Cook and Art Broze, and was featured on the "Slovenian Hour" radio
show in the 1930s. In 1942, he began recording for Continental Records. Joe Trolli,
the arranger, wrote out the notes of Joe's music, so that Slovenian folk music could
be documented. In the 1970s and 1980s, Joe taught many people to play the button
accordion. The students performed in his button box club known as "Kusar's Gang."
Joe's best selling record was "Pod Mojem Okencem" (Under My Window), featuring Mary
Orazem Gregory and Mary Yanchar Gerl on the vocal.