Just Released, 2 brandnew CD's from Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek.
The compilation Polka Celebration, 50 Years Of Friendship from Walter Ostanek & Joey
Miskulin contains a collection of songs they have recorded together over the years.
The other new CD called Carefree, Polkas And Waltzes, this album from Walter Ostanek
And His Band has 22 new songs in the original Ostanek style!
Golden Double Jubilee
Today on Tony Petkovsek’s daily radio program he was presented with a very special
memento from polkas.nl. Recently Tony Petkovsek announced that he will be semi-retiring
after being on the radio for 50 years. He will go from daily to Saturday afternoons
starting at 12 noon. This year Tony is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
annual Thanksgiving Polka Party. In honor of these two milestones, polkas.nl is proud
to be releasing a Tony Petkovsek Golden Jubilee CD.
After getting to know Tony I learned that one of his all-time favorite artists and
one of his best friends was Frank Novak. The artist on Tony's anniversary CD is Frank
Novak and The Cleveland Polka All Stars. I received the original master tapes and
rights to publish Frank Novak's 75th Birthday Album on a CD from Jelse Vos. The tapes
were digitally remastered and the CD is supplemented with two Frank Novak bonus tracks
from the archive of Walter Ostanek.
During the 50th Thanksgiving Polka Party Cecilia Dolgan, president of the National
Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, will be presenting to Tony the first copy of
the Special Edition - Tony Petkovsek - Golden Jubilee CD.
Eddie Liszewski (Eddie & The Slovenes) passed away January 26, 2012 at age 80. Our
sincere sympathy to his family, friends, and many fans. He will be missed, but never
Friends will be received on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at
the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, PA. A funeral mass will be held Monday at
10am at the Church of the Resurrection, Ernest site, with the Rev. Fr. Timothy Kruthaupt,
the celebrant. Interment will be made in the St. Bernard Cemetery.
Just released a new album from Bud Hyrczyk called Dapper Dan The Polka Man. Bud Hyrczyk
has recorded 18 button box tunes, featured 13 new compositions. Check the New CDs
page on polkas.nl to see list of songs and to order.
News from the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
Cecilia Dolgan retires as President,
Cecilia Dolgan, President of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation, has retired
from the position at the April meeting of the Board of Trustees. She will continue
on as a trustee of the organization, which operates the National Cleveland-Style
Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. She had held the position since 2000. Cecilia will
carry on her work in preserving Slovenian and Cleveland-Style polka recordings and
developing events for the Polka Hall of Fame.
Joe Valencic Leads Polka Hall of Fame,
At the 11th meeting of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation, the Board of Trustees
unanimously voted for Joe Valencic to take over as President of the organization.
Joe replaces Cecilia Dolgan who has led the organization since 2000. Cecilia will
continue on the Board of Trustees. Joe Valencic is a founding trustee of the National
Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum and has served on the board of the
American Slovenian Polka Foundation since its inception in 1987. Founding Chairman
Tony Petkovsek is now Chairman Emeritus and will advise the organization when needed.
Last year, secretary Alice Kuhar announced their intentions to retire from her position.
New to the board is Ray Zalokar. Joe Burya was appointed to take over Tony's remaining
year on the board. Wayne Tomsic now serves as Vice President with Joe Burya as Treasurer.
Recording Secretary is Duffy O'Neill with Rita Mihelich as Corresponding Secretary
and Rosemary Koss as Membership Secretary. Executive Committee members are Joe Valencic,
Wayne Tomsic, Duffy O'Neill, Denny Bucar and Ray Zalokar.
Direct from North Olmsted, OH. comes a brand new button box release! Button Box Menagerie
is a two CD recording featuring Fred Ziwich and his International Sound Machine along
with special guests: Kathy Hlad, Ted Lange, Matt Frank and Julie Tabaj. 23 songs,
over 80-minute music release all done on the button box. The in memory selections
are dedicated to Lojze Slak, Jake Zagger and Norm Kobal.
Karl J. Gmur, age 73, of New Glarus, WI, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2012, at
St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Karl started playing polka music with the Russ
Wilson Orchestra and spent the majority of his musical career playing with the Roger
Bright Band. He also spent time playing bluegrass with Down From The Hills Band.
He played with many other groups through the years, filling in as needed. In these
past years he was very proud to have organized “Another Memorable Occasion”, playing
with Grant Kozera and friends for local New Glarus festivals. Karl was thrilled to
have included his longtime friend Jay Broderson “the tallest banjo player in the
Midwest” in this past year’s polka fest.
Karl was born November 16, 1938 the son of Franz and Emilie Freida (Keusch) Gmur.
Karl graduated from Argyle High School in 1956. He served in the United States Navy
from 1956 until 1959. Karl attended Wisconsin School of Electronics, while working
at Swiss Colony. He was united in marriage to Sheila McDonald in 1966. They were
blessed with three children: Monika, William, and Kristopher. Karl was united in
marriage to Kaye Luchsinger in 1982. Karl worked at Miniature Instruments in New
Glarus, and also at Federal Industries for 40 years officially retiring on 09/09/09.
His latest career included working as a courier for the Bank of New Glarus and also
assisting RPM Motors in New Glarus with vehicle pickups.
Karl is survived by his wife, Kaye; three children: Monika (Bobby) Pernot, William
(Lynnette) Gmur, and Kristopher (Teresa Kazmerzak) Gmur; four grandchildren: Trisha
(Steve Miller) Pernot, Trevor (Danielle Wittmann) Pernot, Jakob and Josef Gmur; his
first great-granddaughter who is on the way; several exchange students he and Kaye
hosted through the years, including Marion VanHappen of Utrecht, Netherlands, Simon
Braun of Braunwald, Switzerland, and Adrian Hakim of Karlsruhe, Germany; his brother
and sister-in-laws: Mary Jane McDonald and Russ Wilson of Darlington, WI, Lynn and
Ben Schwoerer and Beth Luchsinger of New Glarus, and Lori and Byron Ward of Poynette,
WI; his mother-in-law: Lennys Luchsinger of New Glarus; and many nieces, nephews,
and friends. He was preceded in death by his father in 1986; his mother in 1999;
his first wife: Sheila in 1981; and his father-in-law: Willis Luchsinger in 2009.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis
of Assisi Catholic Church, 338 South Harrison Street in Belleville, WI, with Rev.
Michael Moon officiating. Casual attire is requested for the visitation which will
be held Friday, August 24, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Schuetzenhaus
(Shooting Park Barn), N8754 County Highway O in rural New Glarus. The Erickson Funeral
Home and Cremation Services in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may
be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.
Accordionist George Staiduhar has released a new compact disc. George has been playing
and recording in a band on and off for more than 40 years in Cleveland, Ohio. On
Staiduhar's Finale there are 24 polkas and waltzes, including 5 vocal songs. Check
the New CDs page on polkas.nl to see list of songs and to order.
3 brand new Classic Records CDs. The great Pecon-Trebar Orchestra is featured on
the CDs recorded Live-In-Person from various TV shows. The three discs, Al Wish TV
Auction Party Volume 1 and 2 and Janez and Lojze feature music from the 1950's and
1960's. 220 minutes of great music. Check the New CDs page on polkas.nl to see list
of songs and to order.
Joe Fedorchak from Youngstown, Ohio died after a short period of illness He passed
away at age 76 on August 28 at The Hospice House on Market St. in Youngstown, Ohio.
Joe produced, arranged and recorded six albums. He was also a charter and diligent
member of the “Penn-Ohio Polka Pals” organization, lifetime member of the Cleveland-style
Polka Hall of Fame, a member of SNPJ Lodge No. 643, Girard, a member of The National
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Chicago chapter, voted the “Ohio State Polka-Rama
Champs” in 1976, and was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of
Fame in 1997.
We have lost another Polka Legend, Jim Kozel. His musical talents were very unique.
Jim passed away at age 84 on September 01 in the Slovenian Home for the aged in Cleveland.
He died after a short period of illness. He served as the music director of the Polka
Hall of Fame Awards Show for 11 years. Jim Kozel is on the Trustees Honor Roll of
the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. May he rest in peace.
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
Results for 2012 - Lifetime Achievement - Trustees Honor Roll - Greatest All Time
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.
Trustees Honor Roll.
Jack Frohnhofer (deceased), Saxophone and Bandleader from Pittsburgh, PA.
Lud Hrovat (deceased), 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.
Greatest All-Time Hits.
Red Lips And Red Wine Polka.
(E. Benedict, F. Zajc, J. Glass, D. Brandon) Original recording by by Johnny Eager
And His Eager Beavers, with the Ernest Benedict Quartet.
(Words by S. Guski, R.j. Martino / Music by G. Lama) Original recording by Frankie
Yankovic And His Yanks.
The other Award winners will be named at the Awards Show , at 2 p.m., November 24,
2012, at Euclid High School Auditorium.
Just released a new compilation album Welcome Back Fun Fest - 40th Anniversary Souvenir
Album. This CD celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Fun Fest in Sharon, PA. Featuring
Walter Ostanek, Roman Possedi, Ted Zalac, Tony Klepec, Hank Haller and of course
February 9, 2:00 PM: CD premiere Steve Meisner, Meisner Time! at Rick's Eastside
Pub and Grill, Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Sweet Jennie Lee, Granish Polka, A Wink And A Smile, Geno's Polka, Cecily's Waltz,
Seebis Polka, There's Yes, Yes In Your Eyes, Waddling Duck, Anna Marie, Baskovic
Polka, So Much Love, Doc Perko's Polka, Springtime In Love, Up The Hill To Magic
City, Will You Love Me, Stop And Go Polka, Flirt With The Girls, I'll Dream Of You
The International Polka Association has announced the 2013 inductees of the IPA Polka
Music Hall of Fame Awards.
Winner Hall Of Fame Pioneer Category - Tony Petkovsek of Ohio.
Tony and other winners will be honored at a banquet on August 3, 2013, during the
International Polka Festival and Convention in Independence, Ohio.
Frank Stanger Anniversary Dance & New CD premiere.
May 19, 2013 (1:00 pm) SNPJ Lodge 106, Imperial, Pennsylvania.
The Frank Stanger Orchestra is back with its first new recording since the early
1990's (re-masters of those recordings were released in 2006). There are 12 polkas
and waltzes with 10 originals written by Frank Stanger and others on the new cd All
Just released a new CD from Ron Pivovar called Yikes! More Polkas & Waltzes From
Otter Creek. 22 great tracks played on the Diatonic Button Box Accordion. Check out
this fine original button accordion CD!
We learned that the Dutch polka fan, Mr. Rudy Meulen has passed away. He died of
a heart attack. Rudy brought with enthusiasm his knowledge of polka music. Unfortunately,
a very special personality has gone. Farewell Rudy.
Sam Pugliano from Pennsylvania has passed away at age 80 on June 13. In 1950, Sam
started his own polka band. He played piano accordion and button box and presented
from 1965 his polka program on the radio. Sam's Polka Party was on the radio for
48 years! Farewell Sam, rest in peace.