• Andrew “Andy” Fenus – Living Category – Inducted 2017

      Andrew (Andy) Fenus, along with his brother Steve Fenus, organized The Trel Tones polka band in 1954.  Since that time the band has performed at venues across the United States and Canada and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including a three-hour special about…

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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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  • John Furmaniak – Living Category – Inducted 2013

      John (Foo) Furmaniak (pictured at right with daughter Christy), was born on August 7, 1948 to Thaddeus (Ted) and LaVerne Furmaniak. He is the oldest of their five children. John became infatuated with the accordion at the young age of 10 when a representative of the Mort Herald Accordion…

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  • Eddie Forman – Living Category – Inducted 2006

      Eddie Forman, musician, educator, composer, arranger and polka band leader of the Eddie Forman Orchestra, known to many as EFO, has been promoting polka music since 1968. Eddie was born on June 3, 1953 in Hadley, Massachusetts, His parents, both of Polish descent, exposed him to polka music at…

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  • Joseph (Joe) P. Fedorchak – Living Category – Inducted 1997

      Respected as a staunch advocate of Slovenian and the Cleveland Style Polka Music, Joe has performed throughout the continental United States, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. He is recognized for his consistent and unselfish support for efforts toward the further enhancement and perpetuation of the Cleveland style polka movement.…

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  • Myron Floren – Living Category – Inducted 1990

      The 1990 honorees to the Living Category of the Polka Music Hall of Fame were two individuals who have both in their own ways made great strides in the promotion and advancement of polka music.   Myron Floren is a highly recognized name in the entertainment world besides his…

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  • Cousin Fuzzy – Deceased Category – Inducted 1985

      Born Earl McNellis, on a farm in Millville, Minnesota, he attended schools at Hyde Park, Millville, and Lake City.  He was a pioneer in television musical programs, starting out in the 1940’s with a vaudeville group known as Uncle Louie and the Town Hall Players.  When Uncle Louie left,…

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  • Fezz Fritsche Deceased Category – Inducted 1984

      Born in 1908, Victor “Fezz” Fritsche started his own band in 1940.  He used seven men mostly, sometimes three or four.  In the early 50’s, he had the “Fezz Fritsche Show” on KNUJ radio in New Ulm, Minnesota.  He called his orchestra the “Goosetown Band”.  Fezz sprung out of…

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  • Joe Fiedor – Deceased Category – Inducted 1982

     Joe was born in Mt. Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, on February 26, 1931.  He graduated from Hurst High School in 1948.   Joe was always attracted to Polka music and it is easy to understand why he would become an outstanding Polka promoter.  With a strong determination and the use of…

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