Cilka Dolgan has been a major contributor to the music as a singer, lyricist, and
composer. Her Best Of CD features 19 polkas & waltzes in Slovenian & Cleveland-Style.
This entire album is full of Cilka's bestsellers including Save The Last Dance, Happy
Accordeon, Who's Who Polka, Friends Polka, Tavern In The Valley and Polka Dance.
Cilka developed her mellow alto voice while singing at the Cleveland Institute of
Music and with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra chorus. She has been the recipient
of many honors, becoming the first living woman to be named to the Polka Hall of
Fame for lifetime polka achievement in 1990, and the Penn-Ohio Polka Person of the
Year in 2011. Cleveland Magazine named her one of the city's most interesting people
in 1988. Cilka was inducted into the Collinwood High School Hall of Fame 2002. She
was president of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame for twelve years.
Her translations of more than 60 Slovenian songs into English enhanced the polka
in America and her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Cilka's lyrics are included on six
songs that were voted as Greatest All-Time Hits by the National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame.
Fans appreciate the words she wrote for Back Home to Pennsylvania, I'll Wait for
You, Save the Last Dance, Hey, Prijatelj, the Happy Accordion, Roses of Love, Friends
Polka, Darling Who Will Ever Love You, and Beautiful Slovenia. These songs were
readily adopted by many polka bands across the country. Cilka's singing has been
featured on ten albums, with accompaniment by such polka stars as the Almars, the
Second Generation, Fred Ziwich International Sound Machine and the Sumradas. She
wrote the words and music for the Polka Dance, Slovenian Country House Polka, Who's
Who Polka, and Zeke and Charlie Polka. First time on CD.
Release date: February 27, 2015
Cilka Dolgan, 11171 Edgebrook Ln, LaGrange, IL 60525
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, www.polkafame.com
Joe Godina, Spotlight Int. www.spotlightintl.com
Since 2007 polkas.nl has been "on the web". Since it first was launched this web
site has grown to the largest polka web site in the world. It has more than 1,000
web pages containing information about polkas and the musicians that have been so
involved with this style of music. The polkas.nl web site is owned by polka enthusiast
John Hasper, avid collector and promoter of Slovenian and Cleveland-Style polkas.
The site is mainly based on his large polka collection.
polkas.nl - press release
01 DARLING, WHO WILL EVER LOVE YOU? - Waltz (Traditional, C. Dolgan)
02 WHO'S WHO POLKA (C. Dolgan)
03 I WON'T GET MARRIED - Polka (Traditional, C. Dolgan)
04 WHERE ARE THE FLOWERS? - Waltz (L. Slak, C. Dolgan)
05 HERE'S TO YOU! - Polka (Traditional, C. Dolgan)
06 TAVERN IN THE VALLEY - Polka (L. Slak, C. Dolgan)
07 KAMNIK POLKA (A. Blumauer, C. Dolgan)
08 GIRL IN THE GARDEN - Waltz (Traditional, D. Flaisman, C. Dolgan)
09 OLD TIME POLKA (S. Avsenik, V. Avsenik, C. Dolgan)
10 AL' ME BOŠ KAJ RADA 'MELA - Waltz (Traditional, C. Dolgan)
11 SAVE THE LAST DANCE - Waltz ((L. Slak, C. Dolgan)
12 HAPPY ACCORDION - Waltz (L. Slak, F. Pozek, C. Dolgan)
13 ZEKE AND CHARLIE - Polka (C. Dolgan)
14 TRIGLAV - Polka (L. Slak, A. Papier, C. Dolgan)
15 ONE LOVE - Waltz (Traditional, C. Dolgan)
16 SLOVENIAN COUNTRY HOUSE - Polka (C. Dolgan)
17 POLKA DANCE - Polka (K. Novak, C. Dolgan)
18 SHORT SKIRT POLKA (Traditional, R. Dolgan)
19 FRIENDS POLKA (S. Avsenik, V. Avsenik, C. Dolgan)
Sampler from The Best Of
1. DARLING, WHO WILL EVER LOVE YOU?
2. ZEKE AND CHARLIE POLKA
3. TAVERN IN THE VALLEY POLKA
4. KAMNIK POLKA
5. SLOVENIAN COUNTRY HOUSE POLKA
6. HERE'S TO YOU POLKA
7. TRIGLAV POLKA
Listen to the music - Just click on the accordion to start the songs