National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
As a youth in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Steve Popovich was a tamburitzan and played
bass in a Rock & Roll/ Polka band. Working his way up from the warehouse to Columbia
Records' headquarters, Steve became a promoter for stars including Barbra Streisand,
Andy Williams, Johny Cash, and Chicago. As an A&R man, Steve signed Tom Jones, Englebert
Humperdink, Charlie Daniels, Michael Jackson, and others. At his own Cleveland International
Records, Steve released Meatloafs "Bat Out of Hell," one of the top-selling albums
of all time. On the Cleveland-Style front, Steve co-produced the first Grammy-winning
polka album, Frank Yankovic's "70 Years of Hits," and subsequent albums including
the "Frank Yankovic & Friends" series featuring stars from across the recording industry.
Drawing on his connections, Steve was instrumental in the publication of a 1996 "Billboard"
feature article on Cleveland-Style Polkas.