• Edward Guca – Living Category – Inducted 2009

      Ed Guca was born on August 7, 1944 to a very musical Polish family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His uncle played clarinet in a popular wedding band and was of particular influence in Ed’s love for Polka music. It was in his youth that Ed learned how to play…

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  • Joseph “Joe” Oberaitis – Living Category – Inducted 2009

      As a toddler, Joe Oberaitis was already the polka promoter herding the neighborhood kids together and making them listen to his polka records. By kindergarten, Joe was taking accordion lessons. At age seven, he had already appeared on the local television talent show, “The Gene Carroll Show,” playing Eddie…

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  • Stanley “Stas” Bulanda – Living Category – Inducted 2009

      Stanley “Stas” Bulanda’s love for polka music started at a very early age while listening to the music of his fathers’ and uncles’ polka band.   They would let him sit on the stage and started his musical education. After a few years, they even allowed him to sit…

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  • Eddie Habat – Deceased Category – Inducted 2009

      Eddie Habat was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 16, 1926, the youngest child of John and Anna Habat. He had two brothers, John and Herman, and two sisters, Betty and Anna. When Eddie was eighteen months old, his mother was tragically killed in an auto accident. His father…

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