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2017. - 03739 Jávea, Spain. presents The Best Of Cilka Dolgan


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.


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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


Click here for more information & 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.


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In Loving Memory

Paul Yanchar 1925 - 2015


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 P.M.



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.



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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 of Musicians.

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 record.


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.


Walter Ostanek Plays Eddie Habat

Presenting Walter Ostanek's 100th album playing Eddie Habat & 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.


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Remembering Eddie Vallus: The Prince of POPPs

1936 - 2016

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame: Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted 2012


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 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


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National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Euclid, OH. USA

Walter Ostanek, St. Catharines, ON L2N 2N7 Canada


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Joe Cvek : 1933 - 2016


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. & 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 label, with 23 songs, more than one hour happy polka music. Happy listening!

John Hasper,


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Hank Haller, 27672 Royal Forest Drive, Westlake, OH 44145. USA.

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Euclid, OH. USA.


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Hank Haller Through The Years 1 - Polkas Haller Style

Richard Allen Michael Tady Productions

Corjal Records

152 Cambridge Drive

Harwick, PA  15049

Cell - 412-580-0236

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New CD release from Corjal Records

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 Corjal release.


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RON SLUGAJubilee CD Album

Happy Polka Time - 80th Birthday Souvenir

Release date: May 20, 2016


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Ron Sluga, 32306 Glen Arden Drive, Willowick, Ohio 44095-3247

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame,

Joe Godina, Spotlight Int.


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.


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Ron Sluga - Happy Polka Time

New Ron Pivovar CD

Ya Da Da (Even more polkas and waltzes from Otter Creek)

Release date: May 27, 2016


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Ron Pivovar, 10 Henry Rd, Greensville, PA 16125

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame,


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 not enough!


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Ron Pivovar - Ya Da Da

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. & 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 label. Happy listening! John Hasper.


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New Recording

Patty C and the Guys - Toe Tappin' Tunes

Release date: February 15, 2017


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.


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DAVE WRETSCHKO - The Best Of Dave Wretschko

Our Town and other Cleveland-Style Polkas and Waltzes

Release date: March 14, 2016


As longtime musicians with the band we are pleased to bring to you along with John Hasper of "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".


Musically Yours - Denny Bucar & John Gerl



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