After more than 20 years of volunteering for the Hall of Fame Duffy O'Neil is retiring
from the Board.
Nominations will be open for five Polka Hall of Fame Trustee positions. Three at-large,
one presenting musicians, and one for Slovenian institutions. Each three-year term
is from April 2017 to March 2020.
Ron Luznar - Accordionist and Bandleader. 1945 - 2016. Trustees Honor Roll 2009.
Mary Vadnal wife of the late Frank Vadnal passed away in Cleveland on October 20
at age 92.
Great Holiday Gift Ideas
CDs just in from Slovenia. Polka CDs. Polka DVDs. T-Shirts. New Book by Cilka Dolgan:
Cleveland-Style Greatest Polkas and Waltzes.
New Haller Polka Cds
John Hasper of Polkas.nl has donated new CDs celebrating the 100th recording by Polka
Hall of Famer Hank Haller and his Ensemble. Through The Years Volume 2. Proceeds
from the sale benefit the Polka Hall of Fame.
Do you enjoy working at music events? Are you good at writing? Dou you have office
or computer skills? Be a Polka Hall of Fame volunteer. Tell us how you'd like to
help. Send us a note to email@example.com.
Madeline and Jim Debevec, Trustees of the Lausche Foundation, presented a check for
a generous grant to the Polka Hall of Fame.
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Awards 2016
The Award for Best new song goes to Dick Tady with Justie and Maggie's Song. Other
winners were, Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeff & John Pecon, Ralph Delligatti and
Mark Habat. The Trustees Honor Roll are for Denny Anderson, John Hasper, Victor Lizjak,
Joe Princie and Slovenian Workman's Home. Greatest All Time Hit Song were Slovenia
Waltz and Café Polka. The presentation of the Awards will be at the gala Polka Hall
of Fame Awards Show, Saturday, November 26, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown
Cleveland Marriott Hotel (Public Square) at 2:00 p.m.
Stories of Your Favorite Songs
Cleveland-Style Greatest Polkas and Waltzes A New Book by Cilka Dolgan. Which classical
work inspired “Slap Happy Polka?” Which big-band swing orchestra recorded “Over Three
Hills?” Who is the Emily of “Emily’s Waltz?” A new book by Cecilia “Cilka” Dolgan
tells the stories of fifty of the most beloved Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes.
Cilka, President Emeritus of the Polka Hall of Fame and a well-known
musician in her own right, reveals how fifty favorite melodies became so popular.
Each song is a Greatest All-Time Hit, as voted by members of the Hall of Fame over
the years. Cilka shares the fascinating histories
about the Slovenian roots, famous names and inspirations behind the songs that make
the Cleveland-Style so danceable. Now on sale at the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop
Button accordionist Bud Hyrczyk passed away at age 67. He was a frequent Polka Hall
of Fame nominee.
Ron Sluga marks his 80th birthday with this special collection of 26 classic Cleveland-Style
polkas and waltzes. With this 80th Birthday CD, you'll thrill to his best recordings
along with Walter Ostanek, Frank Stanger, Joey Miskulin, Jeff Pecon, Bob Kravos,
Dick Sodja, Gaylord Klancnik, Joey Tomsick, Art Perko, Don Wojtila, Eddie Rodick
& Fred Ziwich. More than one hour music.
New Polka CDs now in stock: Call (216) 261-FAME Toll Free 1-866-66POLKA
Ron Pivovar - Ya Da Da
Ron Sluga - Happy Polka Time
Squeezin' Cousins - Play The Songs Of The Kenny Bass Band
Eddie Habat - Remembering Eddie Habat Volume III
Hank Haller - Through The Years Volume 1
Dick Tady - He's Back
Frank Stanger - A Polka Love Affair
Walter Ostanek - Olays Eddie Habat
Walter Ostanek & Eddie Vallus - Happiness Is Polkas & Waltzes
Eddie Vallus & Sam Pugliano Remembered on Ostanek CD
The late bandleaders Eddie Vallus and Sam Pugliano join polka forces with Walter
Ostanek on a special reissue of a 1993 recording, Happiness Is Polkas And Waltzes.
The CD features nine songs with Sam And Walter and nine selections by Eddie Vallus
Band II. Joey Miskulin adds his accordion expertise to several numbers. John Hasper
of Polkas.nl remastered these vintage recordings in tribute to these fine Polka Hall
of Fame achievers. Proceeds from each CD benefit the Hall of Fame. Order your copy
through the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop.
Remembering Eddie Vallus: The Prince of POPPs
1936 - 2016
Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted 2012
Eddie Vallus led one of the best-known Cleveland-Style polka bands in the Youngstown,
Ohio, area and was a long-time promoter of the music through his activities with
the Penn-Ohio Polka Pals. He played the accordion in bands since his early teens.
Eddie's polka music career began in 1953 with the Johnny Butchko Orchestra, alongside
famed accordionist Joe Fedorchak. Eddie, Joe and the band were regulars on the Youngstown
television show, "Polka Party," from 1958 to 1961. He led his own band for 18 years,
before forming the Eddie Vallus Band II in 1992. Two generations of students learned
the accordion from him. He was a prolific recording artist and published five accordion
songbooks. Eddie composed 48 polkas and waltzes for friends and family. In 1985 he
wrote "Y-Town Youngstown," a song used to promote the city. Together with Fr. George
Balasko, originator of the Polka Mass, the Eddie Vallus Band II appeared at countless
Polka Masses and was, until recently, still in demand for festivals and special events.
Eddie was a founding member of the Penn-Ohio Polka Pals and was honored by the polka
organization in 1993. He had been a member of the Musicians Union for more than 60
Walter Ostanek's 100th CD Salutes Eddie Habat, Benefits Hall of Fame
Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek celebrates his 100th polka recording with a salute
to Cleveland-Style legend Eddie Habat. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Polka Hall
of Fame. Walter's jubilee CD brings together 23 of Hambone Habat's hits. John Hasper
of Polkas.nl produced the album as a labor of love for two of his favorite polka
performers. Order your copy through the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop.
Accordion Champ Denis Novato Stars on Polka Music Awards Show Broadcast on 247PolkaHeaven.com
and WINT AM-1330, Sunday, December 27, at 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the top names in Cleveland-Style Polka on a special Polka Hall of Fame Music
Awards broadcast this Sunday. Tune into www.247PolkaHeaven.com or WINT AM-1330 on
Sunday, December 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. for a special two-hour broadcast of the star-studded
Polka Awards Show spectacular from the recent Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the Downtown
Cleveland Marriott Hotel Ballroom. Featured entertainer is Denis Novato, World Diatonic
Accordion Champion, who arrived from Europe for the occasion. Several Polka Hall
of Fame honorees appear, including Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek and Joey Miskulin
of TV’s Riders in the Sky. Featured performers included Jeff Winard (WI), Denny Anderson
(WI), the Veseli Godci (Merry Music-Makers), Patty C and the Guys, and the Alpine
Sextet (OH). The Awards Show orchestra is led by Tom Mroczka. The show theme, “A
Century of Cleveland-Style Polka,” salutes the Slovenian and American influences
on the music, especially Slovenia’s late polka powerhouse Slavko Avsenik and Cleveland
bandleaders Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic, America’s Polka King, who both would
have been 100 this year. Pecon’s sons John and Jeff and Yankovic’s son Bob perform
in honor of their fathers.
Polka Hall of Fame Honors Eddie Bucar and Dave Wolnik at Music Awards Show Gala,
World Accordion Champion Denis Novato headlines the 28th annual Polka Hall of Fame
Awards Show with Cleveland musicians Eddie Bucar and Dave Wolnik to be inducted,
Saturday, November 28, 2015. The Awards Show gala is the high point of the three-day
Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall
of Fame, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 26, 27 and 28, in the Grand Ballroom
of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Play to win! Support the Polka Hall of Fame and you could be a winner! Enter the
raffle and get a chance at weekly price of $200.m Order raffle tickets at the Polka
Hall of Fame or call (216) 261-3263. You can't win if you don't play!
Walter Ostanek Celebrates with Fans
Seven hundred fans wished Canada's Polka King a happy birthday as the National Cleveland-Style
Polka Hall of Fame and Museum saluted the legendary Walter Ostanek, Sunday, May 3.
Eighteen Cleveland-Style Polka stars paid tribute to his 80th year with eight hours
of music in two halls at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid, Ohio - all in honor
of the three-time Grammy Award winner. Surprise guests included Fritz Scherz and
Gabe Vaccaro of Fritz's Polka Band from Verona, New York; Murray McFadgen, Walter's
long-time vocalist; and Joey Miskulin from the cowboy combo Riders in the Sky, who
flew in from Nashville. "Walter is not just a fine musician, but a warm and wonderful
human being," said Miskulin. "He knows how to share the joy he feels in his playing."
The accordionist is featured on a 80th birthday CD release of a vintage Walter Ostanek
album of polkas and waltzes, produced by John Hasper of Polkas.nl. Walter was honored
with speeches and presentations by several musicians and community leader, including
Frank Svet of Dayton, Ohio, and radio personality Tony Petkovsek and proclamations
from Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Joe Valencic, president
of the Polka Hall of Fame, presented Walter with a crystal bowl filled with packages
of Slovenian smoked sausages. Bandleader Fred Kuhar, past president, treated Walter
to a Slovenian potica nut roll. "It means so much to me to see all of you here today
because I owe it all to the people," said Walter during the presentation. "Without
them I am just another accordion player." He was accompanied by daughter Cheryl and
son Rick. His wife Irene could not attend due to health issues. Walter was the first
of a charismatic new generation of polka performers to appear in the 1960s. He born
into a Slovenian family in Duparquet, Quebec, Canada, in 1n 1935. Frank Yankovic,
America's Polka King, inspired him to start his own band at age 16 in St. Catherines,
Ontario. Walter's showmanship was perfect for television and he hosted his own program
for nearly 40 years. His flawless interpretation of the Cleveland-Style Polka earned
him Grammy Awards in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He will be releasing his 100th album in
the fall. Walter strapped on his accordion and performed with several musicians,
including Miskulin, Scherz, Kuhar, Fred Ziwich, Don Wojtila, Ron Sluga, Brian O'Boyle
and Mark Habat, who coordinated the celebration. Proceeds from the event benefited
the Polka Hall of Fame. The 80th birthday CD, "Walter Ostanek: Today and Forever,"
is available at the Polka Hall of Fame at a special price through June, 2015. Call
(216) 261-3263 to order.
Walter Ostenek, Canada's Polka King marks his 80th birthday with a special collection
of classic Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes. Now available at the Polka Hall of
Fame. Walter's 80th birthday CD, "Today and Forever," is a digital re-mastering of
one of his top-selling recordings from the 1980s along with a selection of bonus
tracks. Two of Walter's signature tunes, "Jo Ann Polka" and "Lee and Ann's Polka,"
highlight this special edition. His good buddy Joey Miskulin, best known as Joey,
the Cow-Polka King, from the cowboy combo Riders in the Sky, makes an appearance
on several songs. A portion of the proceeds from this CD benefit the Polka Hall of
Fame, courtesy of John Hasper of Polkas.nl, the producer of this souvenir edition.
Polka and Slovenian T-Shirts
Show your spirit with a T-Shirt or sweatshort featuring a polka or Slovenian theme.
Choose from different colors, designs and slogans. Available in the Gift Shop.