National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
John Gregurich recorded the first long play album of Slovenian folk songs in the
United States, in 1961, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring vocalist Violet Ruparcich.
As owner of Greyko Records, John had an ear for talented musicians. He recorded many
future polka stars in their initial recording, including Bob Timko, Dick Tady, Ray
Champa, Al Morouse, Tony Grandovic, Andy Blumauer, and the Claridge Male Quaratet.
John, who was of Croatian descent, was from Ligrary Pennsylvania, where he learned
to play all five of the family of tamburitzas. He directed the Greyko Tamburitza
Orchestra for 20 years, and is in the National Tamburitza Hall of Fame.