LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEddie Adamic
Steve Meisner # W I N N E R
Father Frank Perkovich # W I N N E R
Lynn Marie Hrovat Rink
Eddie Vallus # W I N N E R
TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL RECIPIENTS
Jack Frohnhofer (deceased) # W I N N E R
Lud Hrovat (deceased)# W I N N E R
Ken Tomsick # W I N N E R
Ray Young # W I N N E R
Eddie Vertovsnik (deceased) # W I N N E R
Charlie Vrtovsnik (deceased) # W I N N E R
Frankie Yankovic Sidemen
Anthony "Tops" Cardone (deceased) # W I N N E R
Carl Paradiso (deceased) # W I N N E R
Al Leslie (deceased) # W I N N E R
Arthur "Buddy" Griebel # W I N N E R
GREATEST ALL TIME CLEVELAND-STYLE HITSBeverly's Waltz
El Rio Drive
Iron Mike Polka
Red Lips Red Wine Polka # W I N N E R
Tic-Tock Polka # W I N N E R
TONY PETKOVSEK AWARD for Outstanding Achievement for Polka Music
Ray Somich # W I N N E R
CULTURAL/HERITAGESNPJ Farm, Kirtland, OH. # W I N N E R
SNPJ Heritage Room, PA.
Slovenian Home, East 80th St, Cleveland
Slovenska Pristava, Harpersfield, OH.
SUPPORT/PROMOTIONMary Lou Downs & Charlie Tomecek
Joe Gabrosek & Gene Kovack # W I N N E R
Pam & Jerry Zagar
BEST BUTTON BOX-INDIVIDUAL/DUOPatti Candela
Joey Tomsick # W I N N E R
BEST BUTTON BOX-GROUPFairport Jammers # W I N N E R
Mahoning Valley Button Box Club
Western PA SNPJ Button Box Club
BEST VOCALISTDale Bucar # W I N N E R
BEST MUSICIAN-INDIVIDUALBob Kravos
Brian O'Boyle # W I N N E R
BAND OF THE YEARKlancnik & Friends
Bob Kravos & the Boys in the Band
Eddie Rodick Orchestra
Wayne Tomsic Band
Joey Tomsick Orchestra # W I N N E R
RECORDING OF THE YEARButton Box Menagerie Part 1 - Fred Ziwich
Encore, Tribute To Benzy Rathbone - Tony Grandovic
More Svet - Frank Svet
Staiduhar's Finale - George Staiduhar # W I N N E R
You're My Pretty Little Flower - Wayne Tomsic
BEST MUSICIAN – SIDEMANAl Bambic # W I N N E R
Mark Habat # W I N N E R
Frank Okicki # W I N N E R
BEST NEW ORIGINAL POLKA OR WALTZIf You Only Believe Polka - Bud Hyrczyk
Kiss, Kiss Polka - Nancy Seibert
Music Box For Samantha - Bruce Burger
Sweet Memories Waltz - George Staiduhar # W I N N E R
Zikaiamata Polka - Fred Ziwich
2012 Polka Hall of Fame Award Winners
The 2012 Awards Show was held at the Euclid High School Auditorium,
711 East 222nd Street, Euclid on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
2012. www.polkas.nl - 03739 Jávea, Spain.
Greatest All-Time Hit Song
RED LIPS AND RED WINE POLKA
(E. Benedict, F. Zajc, J. Glass, D. Brandon)
Original recording by Johnny Eager And His Eager Beavers
With the Ernest Benedict Quartet
Grand Records G-25011 (Master 25-259) - 1948
(Words by S. Guski, R.j. Martino / Music by G. Lama)
Original recording by Frankie Yankovic And His Yanks
Vocal Chorus by the Yankovic Family Circle
Columbia Records 12447-F (Master CCO 5102) - 1950
Columbia Records 10024 (Master CO 42731) International release - 1953
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEES
Steve Meisner, recording artist, bandleader, composer, arranger & accordionist from
Frank Perkovich, the polka priest from Minnesota, produced "The Polka Mass" album
with estimated sales of 100,000 albums, the best-selling Cleveland-Style recording
since the 1960s.
Eddie Vallus, teacher, recording artist, bandleader & accordionist from Younsstown,
OH. Grammy Award nominee, has written 50 polkas and waltzes, recorded 7 albums.
Jack Frohnhofer (deceased), Saxophone and Bandleader from Pittsburgh, PA.
Lud Hrovat (deceased), Polka Tavern owner, bandleader & accordionist from Maple Heights,
Ken Tomsick, polka promoter & polka events volunteer, from Euclid, OH.
Ray Young, vocalist, recording artist with Johnny Pecon, Eddie Habat & Hank Haller
from Middleburg Hts OH.
Eddie Vrtovsnik (deceased), Zeke and Charlie: popular button box & banjo duo for
Charlie Vrtovsnik (deceased), Zeke and Charlie: popular button box & banjo duo for
Frankie Yankovic Sidemen:
Anthony "Tops" Cardone (deceased), accordion.
Carl Paradiso (deceased), guitar, banjo, and vocals.
Al Leslie (deceased), bass.
Arthur "Buddy" Griebel, piano.
2012 Polka Hall of Fame Award Nominees & Winners