National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Never abandoning his roots in Slovenian, Cleveland-style music, Joe Sodja expanded
his horizons to achieve prominence nationally among pop musicians. Discovered at
age 16 by Paul Ash, Joe progressed from the Sodja Brothers' "Arcadian Melody Pilots"
and local Slovenian radio prograxns on WJAY to perforrn with Ash, Fred Waring's NBC
orchestra, and as a soloist on the national night club and conventional circuit.
Beyond regular appearances on Heinie Martin Antoncic's WGAR programs, Joe's radio
and TV career included appearances on the Arthur Godrrey and Kate Smith shows. In
1957, Joe co-starred in "The Parson and the Outlaw," a movie also featuring his banjo
stylings throughout the soundtrack.