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     Winners 2012

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Eddie 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 HITS
Beverly's Waltz

El Rio Drive

Iron Mike Polka

Kamnik Polka

Red Lips Red Wine Polka # W I N N E R

Riverboat Polka

Squeezers Polka

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/HERITAGE
SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, OH. # W I N N E R

SNPJ Heritage Room, PA.

Slovenian Home, East 80th St, Cleveland

Slovenska Pristava, Harpersfield, OH.

Joe Valencic

Jure Zmauc

 

 

SUPPORT/PROMOTION
Mary Lou Downs & Charlie Tomecek

Joe Gabrosek & Gene Kovack # W I N N E R

Val Pawlowski

Joe Valencic

Pam & Jerry Zagar

 

 

BEST BUTTON BOX-INDIVIDUAL/DUO
Patti Candela

Matt Frank

Joe Grkman

Bud Hyrczyk

Joe Novak

Joey Tomsick # W I N N E R

 

 

BEST BUTTON BOX-GROUP
Fairport Jammers # W I N N E R

Magic Buttons

Mahoning Valley Button Box Club

Polka Pirates

Western PA SNPJ Button Box Club

 

 

BEST VOCALIST
Dale Bucar # W I N N E R

Bob Ferritto

Murray McFadgen

Nancy Novak

Kim Rodick

John Ross

Jack Tankovich

 

 

BEST MUSICIAN-INDIVIDUAL
Bob Kravos

Joe Novak

Brian O'Boyle # W I N N E R

Frank Svet

Wayne  Tomsic

 

 

BAND OF THE YEAR
Klancnik & 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 YEAR
Button 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 – SIDEMAN
Al Bambic # W I N N E R

Bob Ferritto

Gary Fisher

Mark Habat # W I N N E R

Brian O'Boyle

Frank Okicki # W I N N E R

Jim Penko

Eric Stehle

Brian Zupancic

 

 

BEST NEW ORIGINAL POLKA OR WALTZ
If 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

You're My Pretty Little Flower - Wayne Tomsic

Zikaiamata Polka - Fred Ziwich

 

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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

 

 

Greatest All-Time Hit Song

 

TIC-TOCK POLKA

(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

 

 

 

 

Steve Meisner

Frank Perkovich

Eddie Vallus

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEES

Steve Meisner, recording artist, bandleader, composer, arranger & accordionist from Whitewater, WI.

 

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 RECIPIENTS

Jack Frohnhofer (deceased), Saxophone and Bandleader from Pittsburgh, PA.

Lud Hrovat (deceased), Polka Tavern owner, bandleader & accordionist from Maple Heights, OH.

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 40 years.

Charlie Vrtovsnik (deceased), Zeke and Charlie: popular button box & banjo duo for 40 years.

 

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