• Bruno Mikos – Living Category – Inducted 1986

      Bruno’s singing career began early.  He learned to sing the “Two Bucks Polka” at the age of five as he heard the song played on the Oskierko Polka Show over WJOB Radio in Hammond, Indiana.   During his grammar schools days he tried to play the accordion.  He did…

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  • Walt Groller – Living Category – Inducted 1986

             Walt Groller was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on February 12, 1931.  His parents were Austrian immigrants.  At four years of age, they bought him a small accordion.  He was a self taught musician who picked up the Austrian folk songs his mother sang to him.  …

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  • Bruno “Junior” Zielinski – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1986

      Born in Jaslo, Poland in 1911, Bruno Z. Zielinski came to this country with his mother, Anna, as a one- year-old boy.  They joined his father Zygmunt, who had earlier settled in Chicago’s neighborhood of Bridgeport.  After elementary education at St. Barbara Parish Catholic School, he attended Harrison High…

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  • Pat Watters – Deceased Category – Inducted 1986

      The life of Pat Watters spanned a time period that included driving mules across Texas to jet trips to Europe. Music provided a living and a career for him and a brighter life for those he touched. Born in Dallas County, Texas in 1902, his childhood was spent in…

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