National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Joe Stradiot was at the forefront of Cleveland- Style Polkas' architecture, helping
to shape the important role drums would play in this music. Determined to be a drummer
since age five, Joey got his first break from Pete Sokach at age fourteen. Irrepressible,
Joey cajoled an invitation to join the Johnny Vadnal Orchestra. For nine years, Joey
provid excellent vocals and the rhythmic spark that took the Vadnals to the top of
Cleveland-Style charts, recording for RCA, touring the nation, and appearing weekly
on their "Polka Party" TV show. Joey spent twenty-five years with the Eddie Stampfl
Orchestra, regulars on "Polka Varieties" and the "Old Dutch Revue," and backed Dottie
West for three years on "Landmark Jamboree" before finally rejoining Vadnal in 1991.
A dramatic vocalist, Joey recorded "Green Valley," his signature tune, with Eddie
Rodick in 1991.