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.
Celebrate Walter Ostanek's Birthday: Canada's Polka King Turns 80
Wish Canada's Polka King a happy birthday as the Polka Hall of Fame salutes the legendary
Walter Ostanek, Sunday, May 3. Top Cleveland-Style Polka stars pay tribute to his
80th year with eight hours of music. You won't want to miss this momentous polka
occasion at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid, Ohio. Delight to the finest dance
bands, Old World cooking and Slovenian hospitality - all in honor of the three-time
Grammy Award winner.
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue, Euclid, OH
Polkas.nl & The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame presents: Walter Ostanek
- Today And Forever, 80th Birthday Souvenir
With this 80th Birthday CD, you’ll thrill to a digital re-mastering of one of his
top-selling recordings along with a selection of bonus tracks. Two of Walter’s signature
tunes, "Jo Ann Polka" and "Lee and Ann’s Polka," highlight this special edition.
Walter's good buddy Joey Miskulin, best known as Joey, the Cow-Polka King, from the
cowboy combo Riders in the Sky, makes an appearance on several songs. Pop this CD
in your player and give a cheer for Walter Ostanek’s 80th year. Today And Forever:
one of the finest recordings of his career.
Paul Yanchar, one of the Cleveland-Style Polka's leading saxophone and clarinet players,
as well as one of its finest singers. Paul passed away at age 90. Paul was best known
as the sax and clarinet player and lead vocalist of the Johnny Pecon and Jeff Pecon
Orchestras. Paul's signature tune was "Little Fella." Paul also distinguished himself
as a regular with orchestras led by Johnny Vadnal, Louie Bashell, Eddie Habat, Pete
Sokach, Chuck Smith, Al Strukel, and Vic Intihar. Paul was inducted into the Cleveland-Style
Polka Hall of Fame in 1991. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 16 at 10 A.M.
at St. Mary Church, Holmes Avenue. Interment All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive
friends at Brickman Bros. Funeral Home, 37433 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby, Friday 3-8
Just released a new CD from Frank Stanger called A Polka Love Affair. This new album
features the musicianship of Frank Stanger, Fred Gregorich, Ted Lysiak, Ron Sluga,
Joe Zdelar, Paul Yeager, Marilyn Gobely, Randy Koslosky, Christine Hibbs, and John
Ross. Check the Frank Stanger Albums page or the new CD's page to see list of songs
and to order.
Louis "Lou" Sadar, age 93, passed away on June 19, 2015. Lou was an avid fisherman
and hunter. He played clarinet in the U.S. Army Air Corps Band in the 1940's. Later
he played sax and flute with the Ray Anthony Orchestra, Russ Carlyle Orchestra, Sammy
Watkins Band, and Johnny Pecon Band. Much later he worked for the Cleveland Federation
Slavko Avsenik - November 26, 1929 – July 2, 2015
Slovene composer and musician Slavko Avsenik has died at the age of 85. Avsenik produced
more than 1,000 songs and enjoyed worldwide success. His most popular composition
being "Na Golici" (Trumpet Echoes) with more than 600 arrangements by other musicians.
It’s the most often played instrumental composition in the world. The Avsenik Band
had more than 10,000 performances, and took the Oberkrainer music from the Upper
Carniola to the most prestigious and the largest concert halls. Selling more than
30 million records, Slavko Avsenik earned thirty-one Gold, two Diamond, and one Platinum
Tuesday July 7, from 9 a.m. last goodbye to Slavko Avsenik at the homestead in Begunje,
where you can write in the book of condolence. At 4 p.m.: Holy Mass in the parish
church in Begunje. At 5 p.m.: commemoration in front of the fire department in Begunje.
Funeral at the cemetery in Begunje.
Presenting Walter Ostanek's 100th album playing Eddie Habat
Polkas.nl & The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame presents
Walter Ostanek and his Band - Walter Ostanek Plays Eddie Habat
Release date: November 26, 2015
Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek, released his first album in 1964. Over the years
Walter has released many recordings sharing his love and passion for Cleveland-Style
Polkas and Waltzes, many of which were / are Slovenian - a tribute to his heritage.
Walter is not only loved in Canada and the USA but many of his 45s, LPs and CDs were
released in several countries, including Europe. Walter has the honor of one of the
few polka musicians who has won 3 Grammy Awards as well as being honoured by the
recording company who released his first albums with a gold record. Achieving 100
albums is a great accomplishment and momentous in the polka music world. Walter wanted
to commemorate this occasion with something unique, personal and very special. He
had several different ideas but nothing really was quite right. During one of the
breakfasts at last year's Polka Party in Cleveland a spontaneous idea occurred between
Walter, Mark Habat and John Hasper. Walter's 100th album would be Walter Ostanek
playing Eddie Habat. This CD has Walter Ostanek and his Band playing 23 songs that
Eddie Habat played during his career. A nostalgic tribute CD that would benefit the
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame: Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted
Eddie Vallus passed away at Januay 28. He led one of the best-known Cleveland-Style
polka bands in the Youngstown, Ohio, area and was a long-time promoter of the music
through his activities with the Penn-Ohio Polka Pals. He played the accordion in
bands since his early teens. Eddie's polka music career began in 1953 with the Johnny
Butchko Orchestra, alongside famed accordionist Joe Fedorchak. Eddie, Joe and the
band were regulars on the Youngstown television show, "Polka Party," from 1958 to
1961. He led his own band for 18 years, before forming the Eddie Vallus Band II in
1992. Two generations of students learned the accordion from him. He was a prolific
recording artist and published five accordion songbooks. Eddie composed 48 polkas
and waltzes for friends and family. In 1985 he wrote "Y-Town Youngstown," a song
used to promote the city. Together with Fr. George Balasko, originator of the Polka
Mass, the Eddie Vallus Band II appeared at countless Polka Masses and was, until
recently, still in demand for festivals and special events. Eddie was a founding
member of the Penn-Ohio Polka Pals and was honored by the polka organization in 1993.
He had been a member of the Musicians Union for more than 60 years.
Visitation: Sunday, January 31, 2 to 6
Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, 2726 Center Rd. (Rt. 224), Poland, Ohio.
Service: Monday, Febraury 1, 11:00 am
St. Joseph Church, 633 Porter Avenue, Campbell, Ohio
Polkas.nl presents Walter Ostanek And His Band & Eddie Vallus Band II
"Happiness Is" Polkas And Waltzes
This album was first released in 1993. These recordings feature Canada's Polka King,
Walter Ostanek, with guest artist, Sam Pugliano and the Eddie Vallus Band II from
Youngstown, Ohio. The songs by both bands are ones you're sure to enjoy. Walter and
Sam give new life to such favorites as "Sam's Polka Party", "Stoney Hill Polka",
and "Strawberry Hill Polka". The Eddie Vallus Band II features originals such as
"Flaco's Polka", "I Wrote This Polka Just For You", and a song written for his granddaughter
"Cayla Marie Waltz". The vocals on "I Wrote This Polka Just For You" and "Cayla Marie
Waltz" are done by Eddie Wasazc and John Ross. Other songs the band features - "Mama's
Holiday Waltz", "My Pretty Girl", and "Laredo Rose" - will make this CD one any polka
lover will be glad to have in their collection.
Release date: February 2016
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Euclid, OH. USA www.polkafame.com
Walter Ostanek, St. Catharines, ON L2N 2N7 Canada www.walterostanekband.com
Joe Cvek passed away on January 25, 2016 at age 82. In the early 1970s he became
involved with Fr. Frank Perkovich at Resurrection church in Eveleth, MN doing Catholic
masses set to polka and waltz music, commonly known as a Polka Mass. Joe played his
accordion in Polka Masses from Eveleth, MN to Alaska, on Gulf of Mexico Cruises,
Hawaii, in Yugoslavia, and even played for the pope at the Vatican in 1983. Joe continued
to play music in local establishments until 2012. The funeral is Friday February
12, 2016 at St. Joseph's church in Gilbert, MN. Joe's accordion Student named Tony
Menart and his son John will be playing select tunes from the Polka Mass at the funeral.
Polkas.nl & Hank Haller Enterprises presents
HANK HALLER Jubilee CD Album
Special Edition 80th Birthday Souvenir
Through The Years Volume 1 - Polkas Haller-Style
Release date: March 11, 2016
Hank Haller has one of the leading polka bands from the Cleveland area. He has been
and continues to be one of the most requested and respected ensembles in polka music.
Hank is specialised in so many different styles of polkas and waltzes - Cleveland,
Slovenian, German, Oberkrainer and Bohemian. His style is so characteristic that
many of us now speak of the "Haller-Style". It is my great pleasure to produce Hank's
wonderful Jubilee CD on the polkas.nl label, with 23 songs, more than one hour happy
polka music. Happy listening!
John Hasper, www.polkas.nl
Hank Haller, 27672 Royal Forest Drive, Westlake, OH 44145. USA.
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Euclid, OH. USA. www.polkafame.com
DICK TADY - Richard Allen Michael Tady, "He's Back" With More Great American Slovenian
Polka & Waltz Hits! (Button Box Style). This is Dick's second solo CD. It has been
in the making for three years now and finally you get a chance to experience more
great American Slovenian Polka & Waltz favorites, Button Box Style! Dick played all
of the instrumental parts and sang all of the Slovenian and English lyrics. Ed Gould,
recording and remix engineer, recorded and mixed all of the selections on this new
Ron Sluga, 32306 Glen Arden Drive, Willowick, Ohio 44095-3247
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, www.polkafame.com
Joe Godina, Spotlight Int. www.spotlightintl.com
Ron Sluga marks his 80th birthday with this special collection of 26 classic Cleveland-Style
polkas and waltzes. With this 80th Birthday CD, you'll thrill to his best recordings
along with Walter Ostanek, Frank Stanger, Joey Miskulin, Jeff Pecon, Bob Kravos,
Dick Sodja, Gaylord Klancnik, Joey Tomsick, Art Perko, Don Wojtila, Eddie Rodick
& Fred Ziwich. More than one hour music.
Ya Da Da (Even more polkas and waltzes from Otter Creek)
Release date: May 27, 2016
Ron Pivovar, 10 Henry Rd, Greensville, PA 16125
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, www.polkafame.com
Ya Da Da is another joyous, uplifting, mood altering, polka-waltz collection from
Otter Creek. This is the 13th recording in this button accordion series. 16 songs
are on the CD including 9 new polkas, 4 new waltzes, 2 previously recorded polkas
from the late 1970's, and 2 versions of the title song "Ya Da Da". One version was
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Awards 2016
The Award for Best new song goes to Dick Tady with Justie and Maggie's Song. Other
winners were, Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeff & John Pecon, Ralph Delligatti and
Mark Habat. The Trustees Honor Roll are for Denny Anderson, John Hasper, Victor Liziak,
Joe Princie and Slovenian Workman's Home. Greatest All Time Hit Song were Slovenia
Waltz and Café Polka. The presentation of the Awards will be at the gala Polka Hall
of Fame Awards Show, Saturday, November 26, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown
Cleveland Marriott Hotel (Public Square) at 2:00 p.m.
Polkas.nl & Hank Haller Enterprises presents
HANK HALLER - Through The Years Volume 2 - Polkas Haller-Style
Special Edition 100th Album
Release date: November 04, 2016
Hank Haller has one of the leading polka bands from the Cleveland area. Over the
years Hank has released many recordings sharing his love and passion for Polkas and
Waltzes. He released his first album in the 1960s. Achieving 100 albums is a great
accomplishment and momentous in the polka music world. It is my great pleasure to
produce Hank's Jubilee CD on the polkas.nl/Haller label. Happy listening! John Hasper.
Limber your legs and set your hands a-clapping' as Patty C and the Guys present their
first album, Toe Tappin' Tunes. You'll enjoy classic polkas and waltzes performed
by one of today's most requested polka bands in the Cleveland area. Patty picks songs
you know and love and presents them to you with her delightfully danceable button
box style. Get on your feet with the best of the Cleveland sound.
Our Town and other Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes
Release date: March 14, 2017
As longtime musicians with the band we are pleased to bring to you along with John
Hasper of Polkas.nl "Our Town and other Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes" presenting
the best recordings performed by Dave on accordion enhanced with a great measure
of musicianship through the years giving you that snap happy polka beat along with
a smooth enjoyable waltz the "Wretschko Way". So sit back, relax and enjoy Dave's
unique style and rhythms with a blast from the past through this recording giving
many hours of listening enjoyment once again performed by The Dave Wretschko Band.
Polka Lovers enjoy as we present "The Best of Dave Wretschko".
Walter Ostanek and Friends - Plays Kenny Bass and his Polka Poppers
Release date: July 18, 2017
Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek has won 3 Grammy Awards. He is still ongoing.
Walter released his first album in 1964. Over the years Walter has released more
than 100 albums sharing his love and passion for Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes.
This recording Walter Ostanek and Friends plays Kenny Bass and his Polka Poppers
has Walter Ostanek and others playing 24 songs that Kenny Bass played during his
career. A nostalgic tribute CD that would benefit the National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame. It's Happy Polka Time, just like the original Bass recordings with
some truly great artists such as Dick Sodja and Dick Flaisman. This 2017 production
brings some of the best variety and quality musicianship including Joey Miskulin
and Ron Sluga. Enjoy the best of Bass with Walter Ostanek and Friends including the
all time hit, "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain".