National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-866-66POLKA
Lifetime Achievement Honorees
Induction into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame is the highest honor
bestowed by the American Slovenian Polka Foundation. The Lifetime Achievement Award
recognizes valuable contrubutions by musicians, individuals and organizations to
the Cleveland-Style Polka, the genre of American dance music that emerged from the
city's Slovenian neighborhoods more than a century ago and achievement nationwide
popularity after World War II.
Each year, the Polka Hall of Fame members nominate and vote for Lifetime Achievers
by secret ballot. The Board of Trustees also has the option to select an honoree
of special merit. Bominees are screened by the Board to confirm that the each candidate's
contributions have had an important impact on their evolution and success of the
The following inductees have been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards plaques
on display in the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame's Museum portrait gallery.
The profiles are also available on this website. Please click on a name for the biography
or just click on a song to listen.