Complete your frankie yankovic and his yanks collection. At the age of 10 he was featured with lawrence welk at the hollywood palladium. The real story of frankie yankovic and his music bob dolgan on. This is bigger than the kennedy funeral, she said, moments after dancing and singing to one of her husband s biggest polka hits, blue skirt waltz. Songs featured include several hits from the peak of his career during the 1940s and 50s. Frankie yankovics songs stream online music songs listen. Yankovic, known as americas polka king, the biggest record selling polka artist of. Known as americas polka king, he was the premier artist. By ben ratliff frank yankovic, the hardworking singer and accordionist who was crowned the polka king at a polka contest in milwaukee in 1948 and was known by that title through five subsequent. One of the most popular polka artists in the country and the leader of a unique danceband combination, frankie yankovic here presents eight of the tunes that have brought him nationwide fame. He has played all the major ballrooms across the country. Much earlier, he also wrote a jokepolka german scherzpolka entitled.
However, neither knew the other in the old country. Americas polka king dvd since this is the first dvd on the polka king, i was expecting a bunch of blurry, low quality production videos thrown onto a disc. Don garbor, the arranger of the tune, bought the and continued to release this and other yankovic singles from 1948 and on. International polka music hall of fame frankie yankovic is one of the most recognized names in polka music throughout the usa and beyond. The brewhaus polka kings perform german, slovenian and other standard. You know the ones the 1,009 different beatles unofficial biography dvds out there that are low budget. Listen to your favorite songs from king of polka by frank yankovic now. Americas polka king, frankie yankovic, featuring joey miskulin on accordian. Music profile for frankie yankovic, born 28 july 1915. Individuals of the band, and the band itself, have received some prestigious honors. King of polka by frank yankovic on amazon music unlimited. First two chapters of americas polka king pdf download. Frank had solovoxes in his band in the late 1940s when they first came on the market and frank had two of them in the band until the 1960s when he went to the casio m10 keyboard.
This album pairs america s polka king, frankie yankovic, with a series of other stars in duets. The most influential figure in slovenianamerican polka is frankie yankovic, who helped americanize the slovenian polka and worked for years to popularize it, appearing throughout the country and even performing on the tonight show starring johnny carson. He first met frank at an engagement in milwaukee in 1965. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app. The chicago town polka band auner alpenspektakel frankie yankovic and his. Frankie yankovic, americas polka king, took the music throughout the usa. America s polka king dvd since this is the first dvd on the polka king, i was expecting a bunch of blurry, low quality production videos thrown onto a disc and called a documentary. Frankie yankovic july 15, 1915 davis, west virginia october 14. In december 1995 americas polka king frankie yankovic would join canadas polka king walter ostanek along with brian sklar and the western senators for one final tour.
Frankie yankovic and his yanks americas polka king discogs. In fact, in 1948 yankovic won the first of his three titles as america s polka king. With a tumultuous touring schedule that consisted of 200 shows a year, a restless temper and three failed marriages, yankovic found himself being distanced from reality. Over the years, frank has appeared on many other tv programs such as johnny carson, phil donahue, arthur godfrey, pattie page, jackie gleason, kate smith, david frost and of course, lawrence welk. In this book, i have tried to tell the honest story of frankie yankovic, the foremost musician in american polka history. Jimmy horzen was born and raised in fontana, california. America s polka king featuring accordion great joey miskulin and several other guests. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options.
Grant kozera, the director of the group, has been playing polka music in the frank yankovic style since he was 7 years old. A little german culture in morgan county hills journal. This is a onehour documentary on the career of one of the most beloved entertainers in the. This is an album that is great to listen to on long drives in the car. Stream adfree with amazon music unlimited on mobile, desktop, and tablet.
Some readers may feel it is too frank and revealing and that it may damage the polka king s image and, therefore, the struggling polka culture. Yankovic was dubbed america s polka king after he produced the only two polka songs ever to go platinum just because in. Jerry started his musical career by touring across the united states with eddie and the slovenes and by performing part time with americas polka king, frank yankovic. Frankie yankovic july 15, 1915 davis, west virginia october 14, 1998 was a polka musician.
He is not related to fellow accordionist weird al yankovic. Yankovic modernized the folk music of central and eastern europe for american audiences. His family moved to collinwood shortly after his birth and it was here where yankovic grew to become america s polka king. Yankovic, frankie 60th anniversary greatest hits 20 songs. Frank frankie yankovic, america s polka king, on a polka tune arranged by don garbor. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Americas polka king featuring accordion great joey miskulin and several other guests. Much to his fathers dismay, frankies interest turned to the piano accordion. Like the late yankovic, walter ostanek is of slovene descent. Americas polka king frankie yankovic signed a major label recording contract that would. Here is some classic music that has been rereleased on cd. From 1956 to 1975, polka varieties ran solely in wewstv, cleveland, on sunday afternoons from 1. In accordance with the directives of government and health authorities, we have temporarily suspended operations.
This album pairs americas polka king, frankie yankovic, with a series of other stars in duets. The first award went to frankie yankovic, known as americas polka king, for his. Host rick gundrum does a great job interviewing americas polka king frank yankovic and his long time accordionist joey miskulin. Frankie yankovic polka videos walter ostanek polka band. This music spotlight was produced in 1984 for wyms 88. Grant and the boys have traveled with frank yankovic as his milwaukee. America s polka king frank yankovic was the original band to perform on the. Bob kravos, cecilia dolgan, bob yankovic and paul yanchar lead a singalong at the reception at raddells sausage shop on yankovic square. Americas polka king dvd since this is the first dvd on the polka king, i was expecting a bunch of blurry, low quality production videos thrown onto a disc and called a documentary. Americas polka king is a documentary that takes a comprehensive look at the life and career of the american. Founded in 2001 in berlin, germany, polkaholix reinvents polka with their gritty.
Over his career, ostanek would record more than 50 albums and become known as canada s polka king. Our new desktop experience was built to be your music destination. Frankie yankovic obtained the title of americas polka king after beating duke ellington in. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.
Andy and rose yankovic, parents of three young daughters, welcomed their only son into the world. He was the first to win a grammy for best polka album when the category was created in 1985. Yankovic was a realist who never wanted to play it. Known as america s polka king, he was the premier artist to play in the slovenian style. The night frank yankovic came to town featuring roger martindavid allan coe 2. His style has been compared to america s polka king, frankie yankovic of cleveland. They first met in a lumber camp in davis, west virginia, where many slovenes worked. Singing partners include chet atkins, weird al yankovic, and, my favorite, drew carey.
That gave him the inspiration to take accordion lessons and to pattern his music the way frank had. Shop for vinyl, cds and more from frank yankovic at the discogs marketplace. Yankovic released over 200 recordings in his career. Frankie yankovic, polka king, his yanks, remington. Accordion band even though his music was more often german and. America s polka king, frankie yankovic, featuring joey miskulin on accordian. Both andy yankovic and rose mele came to america in 1903 from the republic of slovenia. If you ever heard or saw frank yankovic perform, you have to read this book. Yankovic, frankie songs of the polka king volume 2. Frank yankovic was the first polka artist to score a million selling single in 1948 just because. Download scrobbler developer api free music downloads merchandise. The liner notes of columbia cl 6307 frankie yankovic s original all time hits.
Known as america s polka king, yankovic was considered the premier artist to play in the slovenian style during his long career. Frankie yankovic polka king on collectors choice music. America s polka king dvd since this is the first dvd on the polka king, i was expecting a bunch of blurry, low quality production videos thrown onto a disc. See also sheet music, accordion books, video tapes, and souvenirs. Walt groller, the lehigh valleys polka king, to take home an artsquest linny award. Considered americas polka king, frankie yankovic, helped popularize polka music in america while releasing more than 200 polka singles. The program featured various popular polish, slovenian, italian, and bohemianstyle bands. The homemade silver cross hanging from the dashmounted compass swings back and forth as america s polka king barely keeps his olds cutlass within the whitelane lines of a road in mesa. Known as americas polka king, yankovic was considered the premier artist to play in the slovenian style during his long career.
Singing partners include chet atkins, weird al yankovic, and, my. Frankie yankovic songs of the polka king lyrics and. For america s polka king, as frank yankovic was affectionately known, monday s funeral was appropriately large, with. Frankie yankovic obtained the title of americas polka king after beating duke ellington in a battle of the bands at the milwaukee arena. Frankie yankovic, a homespun cleveland artist who was crowned. America s undisputed polka king, frankie yankovic did more to popularize polka music than any other single performer, and remains the yardstick by which all other polka artists are measured. This film hosted by myron floren is a comprehensive documentary about the life and 50year career of grammy award winner frank yankovic, an extraordinary american musician and performer. Because of its large germanaustrian population, the lehigh valley was a stronghold for polka. Frank yankovic, the hardworking singer and accordionist who was crowned the polka king at a polka contest in milwaukee in 1948 and was known by that title through five subsequent decades of. Download and play a recording of jenny lind, a polka from the library of. During the late 1940 s and 1950 s, nearly everyone who listened to the radio or watched television had heard of frank yankovic s music. The polka is originally a czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout.
Frank yankovic, known as america s polka king, ensured that the polka not only endured as a folk pop form, but positively thrived, gaining a national audience in the united states. Frank john frankie yankovic july 28, 1915 october 14, 1998 was an american accordion player and polka musician. Horzen, with slovenian roots, began his musical journey with accordion lessons at the age of six. Get all the lyrics to songs on songs of the polka king and join the genius community of music scholars to learn the meaning behind the lyrics. This single could have been recorded in 1942, before yankovic enlisted. In fact, in 1948 yankovic won the first of his three titles as america s polka king three times running when the competition was new. Over the years, frank appeared on many other tv programs such as johnny carson, phil donahue, arthur godfrey, pattie page, jackie gleason, kate smith, david frost and, of course, lawrence welk. Songs featured include several hits from the peak of his career during the 1940s and 50s, such as the blue skirt waltz, just because, dance, dance, dance, and the beer barrel polka. Davis, west virginia would go down in history as the birthplace of americas polka king, frankie yankovic. Yankovic, now 77, has been making records, polka ing his way across two oceans on cruise ships and crisscrossing the country for an endless stream of onenight polka gigs for more than 45 years. My first introduction to the solovox came from america s polka king and first polka grammy winner, frank yankovic. Frank yankovic page in fuller up, dead musician directory.
The 43 best polka songs for weddings 2020 my wedding songs. Frankie yankovic living category inducted 1969 ipa polkas. He has also been to other countries, including canada, germany, spain and. Ida yankovic compared the funeral for her husband frank to that of another member of royalty. Frankie also had his own television show in chicago and buffalo. Beginning of a dialog window, including tabbed navigation to register an account or sign in to an existing account. Americas polka king, frankie yankovic, was born at davis in tucker county on july 28, 1915, to slovenian immigrant parents. He is not related to fellow accordionist weird al yankovic, although the two have collaborated. This documentary takes a comprehensive look at the life and career of american polka king frank yankovic. Listen to your favorite songs from vintage world no.
Steve kucenski from sinking spring, pennsylvania, has been playing the accordion since the age of 8 and played his first professional job at the age of 16 with america s polka king, frank yankovic. His band members include accordionist steve kucenski, drummer and grandson ben sakmar, and banjoguitarist tony zupanchick. Songs featured include hits from the 1940s and 50s, such as blue skirt waltz, beer barrel polka, just because and dance. Frank yankovic america s polka king excerpt taken from frank yankovic s ipa hall of fame entry. Yankovic was the first polka artist to score a millionsell. Wcpn, the public radio station in cleveland, has a brief interview with dolgan about his book, as well as some great clips of a 1995 interview they did with yankovic himself. Frankie yankovic led the way with much of the music he recorded. He was crowned america s polka king in milwaukee in 1948.1289 334 1134 1494 811 934 1212 710 727 756 1040 626 806 1194 1539 1173 109 776 579 270 1435 1453 654 920 709 950 1114 341 443 975 1400 999 1372