Polkas.nl & The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame presents
Walter Ostanek - Today And Forever, 80th Birthday Souvenir
It’s time to celebrate the happiest accordionist anywhere! Walter Ostanek, Canada’s
Polka King, marks his 80th birthday with this special collection of classic Cleveland-Style
polkas and waltzes. Just listen and try to keep from dancing. When Walter performs,
his joy is contagious. His music is the perfect pick-me-up.
Walter is one of the living legends of polka music. The three-time Grammy winner
has been entertaining since his teens. He first achieved notice in the 1950s as the
leader of a young generation of performers inspired by the Cleveland-Style classics
– Frank Yankovic, Johnny Pecon, Johnny Vadnal, Eddie Habat and Kenny Bass. Walter’s
sunny delivery was ideal for television and his popular polka show brought good-time
music into Canadian homes. (One young viewer was the late comic actor John Candy.
His bandleader character in the hit film, Home Alone, is a nod to Walter.)
Throughout his career, Walter never forgot his Slovenian roots. He was born Ladislav
John Ostanek in Duparquet, Quebec, on April 20, 1935. Slovenian music was part of
his childhood and friends would come from miles around on Sunday afternoons to sing
and play favorite folk melodies at the Ostanek house. That tradition continued when
his family moved to St. Catherines, in Ontario’s Niagara peninsula.
With television, radio, recordings and regular appearances at Marineland, Walter
became a beloved media personality and Canada’s polka superstar. He appeared in concert
with Roy Clark, the Oakridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Brenda Lee,
Slim Whitman, Tom T. Hall, Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren, and his close friend Frank
Yankovic, America’s Polka King. For his contributions , Walter was one of the first
inductees into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
Recordings have delivered Walter’s bright and breezy polka style to fans around the
world, ever since he first stepped up to a studio microphone in 1964. He will soon
be releasing his 100th album. 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. His 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. What
better way to pay tribute to Canada’s premier polka personality than to listen and
dance as Walter gives his musical all on one of the finest recordings of his career.
Živijo, Walter! Mnogo let!
Joe Valencic, President
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
Release date: April 20, 2015
Walter Ostanek, St. Catharines, ON www.walterostanekband.com
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, www.polkafame.com
Joe Godina, Spotlight Int. www.spotlightintl.com
polkas.nl - press release
01 STILLMAN’S POLKA (Franca Mihelica)
02 JO ANN POLKA (Robert Collins/Richard Trotter)
03 PANDA’S WALTZ (Walter Ostanek)
04 POLKA JAMBOREE (Eddie Zima)
05 MY LITTLE GIRL POLKA (Sam Lewis/Will Dilon/Albert van Tilzer)
06 707 POLKA ((William Lausche)
07 POLKA IVORIES (Franca Mihelica)
08 Y VIVA ESPANA POLKA (Leo Caerts/Leo Rozenstaeten/Eddie Seago)
09 BERNIE’S POLKA (Joe Alise)
10 FRANCES DARLING FRANCES POLKA (James Otto)
11 WHY DID YOU TAKE MY HEART AWAY WALTZ (Bill Gale/John Kafer)