• Don Jodlowski – Deceased Category – Inducted 2016

    DON JODLOWSKI WAS BORN ON AUGUST 30,1940 INTO A MUSICAL FAMILY THAT LIVED ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF CHICAGO, IL. HIS FAMILY’S LOVE FOR POLKA MUSIC INSPIRED HIM TO TAKE DRUM LESSONS AT A YOUNG AGE. DON DEVELOPED HIS SKILLS SO THAT BY THE 1960’S HE WAS DRUMMING WITH BANDS…

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  • Richard Midura – Pioneer Category – Inducted 2016

    RICHARD MIDURA WAS BORN ON AUGUST 12, 1935 IN CHICOPEE, MA. KNOWN AS “THE PIONEER OF POLKA CLARINET IMPROVISATION” BY HIS PEERS, HE LENT HIS SMOOTH CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE MASTERY TO THE LIVE PERFORMANCES AND RECORDINGS OF THE MOST PROMINENT EASTERN STYLE POLKA BANDS OF HIS DAY. RICHARD’S UNIQUE PLAYING…

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  • Dean Hansen – Living Category – Inducted 2016

    DEAN HANSEN WAS BORN IN ITHACA, NE IN APRIL OF 1933 INTO A FARMING FAMILY OF GERMAN ANCESTRY. HE WAS STRICKEN WITH POLIO AT THE AGE OF FOUR AND SUFFERED PARALYSIS OF HIS RIGHT LEG. FEARING HIS CONDITION WOULD PREVENT DEAN FROM EVER FARMING, HIS PARENTS INTRODUCED HIM TO MUSIC…

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  • Carl Finch – Living Category – Inducted 2016

    CARL FINCH WAS BORN IN TEXARKANA, TX ON NOVEMBER 29, 1951. HE BEGAN PERFORMING AT THE EARLY AGE OF 4 YEARS OLD BY SINGING IN CHURCH CHOIRS AND LATER SPENT HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS FORMING AND PLAYING IN ROCK BANDS IN NORTHEAST TEXAS. CARL MINORED IN MUSIC AT UNIVERSITY OF…

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  • Stanley “Stas” Golonka – Living Category – Inducted 2016

    STANLEY “STAS” GOLONKA WAS BORN IN 1944 INTO A POLISH FAMILY IN CHICAGO. HE WAS RAISED IN A POLISH NEIGHBORHOOD, ATTENDED A POLISH SCHOOL, AND LISTENED REGULARLY TO POLISH RADIO PROGRAMS. INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF LI’L WALLY, STAS DEVELOPED HIS VOCAL AND DRUMMING SKILLS AND FORMED HIS FIRST BAND,…

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