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     Nominees/Winners 2014

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The 2014 Awards Show #27 will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel

in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:00p.m.

 

 

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

 

2014. www.polkas.nl - 03739 Jávea, Spain.

Polka Hall of Fame Music Awards Show Moves

to Downtown Cleveland Marriott Ballroom;

Musicians Denny Bucar and Don Lipovac

to Be Inducted, November 29

  

 

Two long-time polka musicians will be inducted at the Awards Show, Cleveland musician and radio host Denny Bucar and the late accordionist and bandleader Don Lipovac of Kansas City.  Both were voted in for their lifetime achievements by the membership and board of the Polka Hall of Fame and announced at a preview meeting on October 9. They will be honored at the stage event on November 29, along with six individuals to be added to the Trustee Honor Roll. Winners will also be announced in nine categories, including Polka Band of the Year, Polka Musician of the Year, and Polka Album of the Year.

 

Denny Bucar is a leading bass player on the Cleveland-Style Polka scene who has performed with the greatest names in the business. He has hosted a polka radio since the 1970s and is a founder of the Polka Hall of Fame. Don Lipovac was America's champion accordion player in 1958 and went on to lead the best-known polka orchestra in the Kansas City area. He wrote and arranged more than 500 songs and taught two generations of accordion and tamburitza students.

 

Six achievers will be added to the Trustees Honor Roll: three saxophonists, Clevelanders Tommy Grahek and Jerry Jasinski and Ted Lysiak of Barberton, Ohio; and three deceased musicians, Sheila Salvato of Ashtabula, Ohio, a polka musician with Down's Syndrome; Cleveland accordionist and instructor Bill Sneller; and Pittsburgh bandleader and accordionist Tony Trontel.  

 

Two All-Time Polka Hits were voted in by the membership. "Iron Mike" was popularized in the 1970s by Clevelander Johnny Pecon and adapted from a Slovenian folk song. "El Rio Drive," was written in 1979 by Wisconsin bandleader Verne Meisner with a Tex-Mex flavor.

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Denny Bucar * Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

1952

Musician and Radio Host

Denny Bucar is a leading bass player on the Cleveland-Style Polka scene who has performed with the greatest names in the business. He has hosted a polka radio since the 1970s and is a founder of the Polka Hall of Fame.

 

 

Don Lipovac * Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

1935 - 2014

Musician and Recording Artist

Don Lipovac was America's champion accordion player in 1958 and went on to lead the best-known polka orchestra in the Kansas City area. He wrote and arranged more than 500 songs and taught two generations of accordion and tamburitza students.

 

 

TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL RECIPIENTS

Sheila Salvato * Trustees Honor Roll 2014

Bill Sneller * Trustees Honor Roll 2014

Jerry Jazinski * Trustees Honor Roll 2014

Tony Trontel * Trustees Honor Roll 2014

Tom Grahek * Trustees Honor Roll 2014

Ted Lisiak * Trustees Honor Roll 2014

 

 

GREATEST ALL TIME CLEVELAND-STYLE HITS
El Rio Drive Polka * Greatest All Time Cleveland-Style Hit Song 2014

Iron Mike Polka * Greatest All Time Cleveland-Style Hit Song 2014

Old Timers Polka

Pony Tail Polka

Squeezers Polka

 

 

TONY PETKOVSEK AWARD

Denny Bucar * Tony Petkovsek Award 2014

 

 

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
We Are Back - Bob Kravos & Walter Ostanek * Recording of the Year 2014

Carrying On Old Family Traditions - Bob Kravos & Frank Zitko

Memories Of Yesterday - Sam Manno

Don't Svet It - Frank Svet

Musical Menu - Richie Yurkovich

60th Birthday Recording - Fred Ziwich

 

 

CULTURAL/HERITAGE
Fantje Na Vasi

Slovenian Home, E 80th Street, Cleveland, Ohio

SNPJ Heritage Center, Enon Valley, Pennsylvania * Cultural/Heritage 2014

Joe Valencic

Zarja Slovenian Singing Society

 

 

SUPPORT/PROMOTION
Mark Habat * Suport/Promotion

Val Pawlowski

SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio

Pam and Jerry Zagar

 

 

BUTTON BOX: INDIVIDUAL OR DUO
Patty Candela  

Joe Grkman Jr.

Kathy Hlad * Button Box: Individual 2014

Ron Likovic

 

 

BUTTON BOX: GROUP
Fairport Jammers

Magic Buttons

Mahoning Valley Button Box Club

Patty C And The Guys * Button Box: Group 2014

Polka Pirates

Western Pennsylvania SNPJ Button Box Club

 

 

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Bob Ferrito

Murrary McFadgen

Kim Skovenski * Vocalist of the Year 2014

John Ross

 

 

BAND OF THE YEAR
Klancnik and Friends

Joe Novak and Friends

Frank Stanger Orchestra * Band of the Year 2014

Fred Ziwich And His International Sound Machine

 

 

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: INDIVIDUAL
Joe Novak

Brian O'Boyle * Musician of the Year 2014

Fritz Scherz

Frank Svet

Gabe Vaccaro

 

 

SIDE MUSICIANS OF THE YEAR
Mike Faraino

Bob Ferritto

Mark Habat * Side Musician of the Year 2014

Joshua Kay

Frank Nelson

Jim Penko * Side Musician of the Year 2014

Joe Strukel

Brian Zupancic * Side Musician of the Year 2014

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Polka Hall of Fame Award Nominees/Winners

 

 

 

Cleveland bassist and radio host Denny Bucar will be inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the gala Awards Show in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

The late Don Lipovac, U. S. accordion champion and Kansas City bandleader and music instructor, will be inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the gala Awards Show in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.