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EDDIE HABAT

1926 - 2005

 

 

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Slovenian Style Polkas

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Cleveland Style Polkas

Eddie Habat began playing accordion at age seven, listening intently to Heinie Martin Antoncic's radio transcriptions of Joe Sodja, Johnny Pecon, and Frankie Yankovic, he duplicating what he heard. By age eleven, Eddie was playing for weddings and parties. Progressing musically, Eddie learned much from the works of  William Doc Lausche and was strongly influenced by Matt Hoyer. At age sixteen, Eddie was asked to lead the Johnny Pecon Orchestra while Pecon was in the SeaBees. In 1948, after his own stint in the Navy, Eddie teamed up with Pete Sokach and Kenny Bass to form the Sokach-Habat Orchestra (Tunemixers) and recording eight hit tunes for Decca, three of them original Habat compositions. Soon after, Eddie formed the Eddie Habat Orchestra which went on to become one of the country's most successful Cleveland-Style bands. During thirteen years under contract with Decca, the Habat Orchestra made internationally distributed recordings. The Habat Orchestra performed throughout the Midwest and in Western Pennsylvania, starred on its own television show on WEWS in 1955, and appeared frequently on the Old Dutch Polka Revue and Polka Varieties. Eddie Habat has influenced many Cleveland-Style accordionists, over twenty-five of his compositions, including Riverboat Polka, Hi Lee, Hi Lo, and Strawberry Hill Polka have been recorded by others. In 1981, Chris Kotsos, former Cleveland-Style bandleader, coaxed Eddie from retirement, collaborating with him to produce the album From the Heart, an outstanding reprise of the Habat legacy.

 

(www.clevelandstyle.com)

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OUR FERFECT WALTZ

 

Darlin’ it’s a perfect night

A perfect tune

Come let’s dance a perfect waltz

And gaze at the perfect moon

If we lose this change for love

What will we live for then

The time and the place

Four our perfect waltz

May never come a gain  

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Lifetime

Achievement Award

 

Polka Hall Of Fame

 

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