Frank Mauer (Accordionist, played with Al Tercek and Kenny Bass) WINNER
Pat Hutch, Accordionist/Bandleader, WINNER
Don and Rose Slogar WINNERS
Kathy Zamejc Vogt (KC - Kathy from Canada) WINNER
Jelse Vos (Polka DJ & Promoter from the Netherlands) WINNER
CULTURAL / HERITAGE American Slovenian Citizens Association (Acme Club)
Glasbena Matica Singing Society
Slovenian National Home East 80th
SNPJ Heritage Room WINNER
SUPPORT/PROMOTION Joe Gabrosek & Gene Kovack
Kathy Paulenich & Kay Sefcik
Val Pawlowski WINNER
Jack Tady Polka Place
United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA)
Pam & Jerry Zagar
BEST BUTTON BOX-INDIVIDUAL/DUO Joe Grkman Jr.
Ron Likovic WINNER
BEST BUTTON BOX-GROUP Fairport Jammers WINNER
Mahoning Valley Button Box Club
Western Pennsylvania Button Box Club
BEST VOCALIST Christine Hibbs WINNER
BEST MUSICIAN-INDIVIDUAL Bob Kravos WINNER
BAND OF THE YEAR Klancnik & Friends
Bob Kravos & the Boys in the Band
Joe Novak & Friends
Eddie Rodick Orchestra
Dick Tady Orchestra WINNER
Fred Ziwich & International Sound Machine
RECORDING OF THE YEAR Jerry Kernz - It's Never Too Late
Bob Kravos - Best of Cleveland Style WINNER
Fairport Jammers - Jammin'
Alex Meixner - Stay All Night
Walter Ostanek - Timeless Polkas & Waltzes
BEST MUSICIAN – SIDEMAN Gary Byndas WINNER
Brian O'Boyle WINNER
Phil Hrvatin WINNER
BEST NEW ORIGINAL POLKA OR WALTZ LaBella Luna (Dick Tady) WINNER
Come Home Safe (Fred Scherz Sr.)
Donuts (Alex Meixner)
Please Don't Wait Till Tomorrow Waltz (Fred Sherz Sr.)
I'm Here Waltz (Jerry Kernz)
GREATEST ALL TIME CLEVELAND-STYLE HITS Daj, Daj Srcek Nazaj - Give Back My Heart Waltz
Happy Days Polka
Iron Mike Polka
No Beer In Heaven Polka WINNER
Pony Tail Polka
Red Lips And Red Wine Polka
Florence Unetich (Together with Angie Zabjek known as the Jadran Song Birds)
Marion "Lefty" Belle (bass player & vocalist on Kenny Bass and Almars Recordings)
Eddie Platt (Sax player who played on the Johnny Pecon Capitol Recordings 1948-1952)
Three Lifetime Polka Achievers to be Inducted.
Two accordionist/bandleaders and a Slovenian choir will be inducted into the National
Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement.
Dick Sodja, Fred Ziwich, and the Glasbena Matica Singing Society will receive the
organization’s highest honor, at the 23rd annual Crystal Polka Awards Show, 2 p.m.,
Saturday, November 27, 2010, at the Euclid High School Auditorium.
Sodja, who recently retired to Anthem, Arizona, was the lead accordionist with Kenny
Bass’ Polka Poppers in the heyday of polka music. He also operated Sodja’s Music
Store in Richmond Heights, OH for 30 years.
Ziwich has 20 albums in the polka field to his credit, and is the bandleader of the
International Sound Machine. The North Olmsted resident has had a polka band since
he was a teenager. Ziwich is a main attraction at numerous Oktoberfests in Ohio and
Glasbena Matica choir is celebrating 80 years of concerts and opera productions.
The choir is based at the Slovenian National Home, 6417 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland,
where they will perform on Nov. 20, as well as at the Awards Show. The music director
is Angela Perrine.
The board of trustees of the Polka Hall of Fame will award the Trustees Honor Roll
recognition to seven polka contributors. The 2010 honorees are: Chester Budny,
late drummer and bandleader, Cleveland; Pat Hutch, accordionist/bandleader, Barberton,
OH; Frank Mauer, accordionist, Aurora, OH; Don and Rose Slogar, husband and wife
duo, Cleveland; Kathy Vogt, button accordionist/promoter, St. Catharines, Ont., Canada;
and Jelse Vos, promoter/disc jockey, the Netherlands.
In addition, two Greatest All-Time Hit Songs will be inducted, as voted by the 1500
members of the Polka Hall of Fame, Give Back My Heart Waltz (Daj, Daj, Srcek Naza)
and No Beer in Heaven Polka. Both songs will be performed at the Awards Show.
Annual Awards for Recording of the Year, Band of the Year, and eight other awards
will be announced at the two-hour Awards Show. The Show’s entertainment will spotlight
the accordion in several musical numbers. Ray Somich, of Willoughby Hills, will serve
as Master of Ceremonies for the program. The Polka Hall of Fame All-Star Band is
under the direction of Jack Tady, of Pittsburgh, PA., with musical arranger Fred
Gregorich of Pittsburgh, and associate arranger Fred Ziwich.
Tickets for the Awards Show are $15 each for adults. Children 16 and under are free.
A special ticket which includes a Meet the Winners dance, 6 p.m., at the Marriott
Downtown Hotel ballroom, and the Awards Show, is available for $25, in advance. The
2009 Band of the Year Joey Tomsick and the JTO, and Del Sinchak orchestra will play
for the dance. The Awards Show and Meet the Winners dance is part of Tony Petkovsek’s
Thanksgiving weekend Polka Party at the Marriott.
Tickets are available in advance at the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd St., Euclid,
OH, phone: 216-261-3263.
2010 NOMINATION / WINNER LIST
The 2010 Awards Show will be held at the Euclid High School Auditorium,
711 East 222nd Street, Euclid on Saturday, November 27, 2010.
The highest award of Lifetime Achievement for the National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame. Members of the PHOF will vote for two honorees for 2010, five accorddionist-bandleaders
have been nominated: Fred Kuhar, Dick Sodja, Hank Thunander, Bob Timko, and Fred
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
Here are their accomplishments (by Cicilia Dolgan)
Fred Kuhar had a polka band continuously for 38 years. He recorded a series of five
albums with his band playing Pecon-style of polka music. Fred produced seven Johnny
Pecon live perfomance CDs, and preserved the Pecon sound for posterity. Fred also
served as president of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation for nine years, and
initated transferring 78 polka recordings to CD.
Hank Thunander has made a major contribution to Cleveland-Style polka music on the
Iron Range of Minnesota and neighboring states. Hank was born in Michigan to parents
of Swedish and Italian heritage. He began playing polka music in the 1960s, and recorded
his first album in 1972. He played with the Frankie Yankovic Orchestra for Midwest
engagements. Hank has recorded seven albums. He hosted a polka radio show for ten
Dick Sodja joined the Kenny Bass Band at age 17, and was the lead accordionist for
15 years. Dick has written polkas and was the arranger. He then performed with Frankie
Yankovic's TV Band on a regular basis. Dick joined Al Markic in the late 1960s to
form the Almars Orchestra. He operated a music store for more than 30 years. Dick
played on more than 200 recordings. He later formed the dick sodja band.
Bob Timko is considered to be one of the premier accordionists born in Cleveland,
Ohio. For many years, Bob was an accordionist and sometime bass player with the Kenny
Bass Orchestra. In the late 1960s, the Bob Timko orchestra became one of the hottest
Cleveland-Style polka groups in the Midwest. Timko's Polka Place was a popular Cleveland
night spot. Timko recorded three albums and two cd's.
Fred Ziwich plays accordion, button box, clarinet, and saxophone. He started his
own band at age 17. He became a professionel musician in 1973, joining the Hank Haller
orchestra. Since 1977 Fred has lead the International Sound Machine. He is heard
on 24/7 Polka Heaven. He recorded 16 albums for World Renowned Sound, and has recorded
20 albums of his own, plus recording with Walter Ostanek and others. Fred is past
music director of the Polka Awards Shows, and serves on the Board of Trustees.