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Eddie Blazonczyk


Eddie Blazonczyk may be the undisputed ruler from the Chicago design of polka music. An associate from the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Popularity as well as the Polka Broadcasters Hall of Popularity, Blazonczyk is constantly on the average a lot more than 175 concerts per year with the music group Versatones, which he produced in 1963. The kid of immigrants in the rural Tatras Mountains area of southern Poland, Blazonczyk was raised encircled by music. His mom, who directed a normal gorale (highland) music group, and his dad, who performed cello within a gorale music group, controlled ballrooms in Chicago, where Blazonczyk was subjected to the best polka musicians from the ’40s and ’50s. Producing his professional debut using a rockabilly music group, Eddie Bell & His Hill Boppers, Blazonczyk produced a rock and roll group, Eddie Bell & His Bell Aires, in 1957. Furthermore to showing up on American Bandstand, the group released popular one, “The Masked Guy (Hello there Yo Sterling silver).” In 1963, Blazonczyk turned to polka music and produced the Versatones. A six-piece group, the Versatones extended the musical genre to add rock & move, country & traditional western, Cajun, and Tex-Mex affects. With slower tempos compared to the East Coastline design of polka, the Versatones’ audio has been set alongside the second-line shuffle rhythms of New Orleans marching rings. Furthermore to 11 Grammy nominations, Blazonczyk as well as the group received Grammy Honours because of their 1986 record Polka Special event and their 1998 collection Shakin’, Not really Stirred. For recent years, the Versatones have already been led by Blazonczyk’s kid, Eddie Jr., a concertina participant. The group also features Eric Koltkamper (accordion, keyboards), Full Kois (trumpet, clarinet), Joe O’Such (trumpet), and Pete Pirucki (drums). Blazonczyk’s wife, Tish, whom he fulfilled in a dance in 1962, functions the family members business Bel-Aire Companies and co-hosts a four-hour-per-week radio present. In 1998, Blazonczyk received a Country wide Endowment for the Arts Country wide Traditions Fellowship. The group continuing recording because the 21st hundred years opened, releasing Beneath the Impact in 2005, accompanied by *Electric batteries Not Contained in 2007.

Quick Facts

Date Of Birth July 12, 1941
Died May 21, 2012, Palos Heights, Illinois, United States
Awards Grammy Award for Best Polka Album
Music Songs Hey Cavalier Polka, Polka Celebration, Jedzie Boat Polka, Ukrainia Polka, Sweet Bippy Polka, Apple Peaches and Pumpkin Pie, Girls, Girls, Girls Polka, Rosie's My Baby Polka, Melody of Love Polka, Clarinet Polka, When I Hear the Music Polka, My Marylou Polka, Sometimes I Talk in My Sleep, Sitting By Myself, Never Ending Love, Angeline Be Mine Polka, Lying In My Arms, Take Me Home Oberek, Potato Chips Polka, Just Like I Love You Polka, Live Happy, I'm From Krakow Oberek, Poor Girl, Helena Polka, I'd Love To Dance, I'm A Musician, Try A Little Kindness, Stomp Your Feet Polka, Alright, Blue Skirt Polka, I Love Everybody Waltz, Julinda Polka
Albums Another Polka Celebration

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