• “Joe Pat” Paterek – Living Category – Inducted 1978

      “Joe Pat” Paterek was born in Chicago to Joseph and Mary Paterek on May 21, 1919.  His father was of Slovak ancestry and his mother was of Polish origin.  Joe became interested in music at an early age and began taking music lessons while attending local schools.  After developing…

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  • Alvin C. Sajewski – Living Category – Inducted 1978

     When it comes to polka music the name of Sajewski is a household word, representing an association of over 80 years in the annals of Polish and polka music in America.  Alvin Sajewski carried on the tradition established by his father, who opened their first music store in 1897 in…

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  • Ignacy Podgorski – Deceased Category – Inducted 1978

      Ignacy Podgorski was a musician, composer, arranger, publisher, recording artist and violinist who conducted his own orchestra.  He was born on February 1, 1886 in Kielce, Poland.  As a boy he lived in Czestochowa where he obtained his musical education and acquired a love for native folk-lore.   In…

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