• 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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  • John Gora – Living Category – Inducted 2011

      John Gora was born on July 27, 1959, in Poland and emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with his parents in 1974.   He learned to play clarinet and saxophone in 1977. John formed a musical group “Gorale” catering to “Continental” music crowds and they played their first polka engagements…

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  • Richie Gomulka – Living Category – Inducted 2010

      Richie Gomulka was born on February 6, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois to first generation American-born parents, Ted and Mary (Owca) Gomulka.   Richie is the oldest of four children. He has two sisters, Angie Gomulka and Dianne (Steve) Paliga, and one brother Lenny (Estelle) Gomulka.   Richie is happily…

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  • 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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  • Henry “Hank” Guzevich – Living Category – Inducted 2007

      Back in California, where Hank was born, there was a family that played Mexican music called “Los Taconazos.” About 1970, Gus Guzevich, who was Hank’s father, realized that all of his kids adapted very easily to singing and playing music.   Their style was different than everyone else, maybe…

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  • Frankie “Gee” Grybosh – Deceased Category – Inducted 2000  

    Frank Grybosh had been a polka musician for 18 years and led a 6-piece orchestra under the name of “Frankie Gee” before he was tragically killed on January 1, 1970.   Frank Grybosh was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts on October 9, 1936, and was the only child of Wanda (Topor)…

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  • Jerry Goetsch – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1999

      It all started when Jerry Goetsch was a small child, his dad played in a band in the area and his sister and brother also played musical instruments. At 12 or 13 years of age, he began to fall in love with the top polka bands at that time,…

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  • Chet Gulinski – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1997

      The First Chet Gulinski Show was broadcast at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 1995. Since that time, many thousand Chet Gulinski Shows were broadcast. Approaching its 43rd anniversary, The Chet Gulinski Show was broadcast Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. over WNDZ (750AM), a 5,000-watt station that…

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  • Lenny Gomulka – Living Category – Inducted 1988

      Lenny Gomulka at age 5 took an immediate interest in polka music.  He especially liked the drums which he self-taught himself in spare time.  His formal training began at age 11 when inspired by his mother to take trumpet instruction.   Before organizing his own polka band, Lenny spent…

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  • Al Grebnick – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1988

      It was a long hard haul for Al Grebnick, Nebraska Polka King, (1978), who grew up in the “dirty thirties,” on a farm.   With only an eighth grade education behind him, because the family could neither afford to board him out or buy him a car so that…

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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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  • Bernie Goydish – Living Category – Inducted 1984

      Bernie Goydish has been an active member of the polka community for more than 28 years.  He is a musician, bandleader, promoter, record manufacturer, distributor, and polka disc jockey.  He introduced more young new polka bands to the field than anyone else.  His Sunday polka radio show is the…

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  • Romy Gosz – Deceased Category – Inducted 1979

    Roman (Romy) Gosz was born on August 2, 1910.  He took his first piano lesson at age 7.  At 11 he joined his father Paul, and his two brothers, George and Mike, in the Gosz family orchestra in 1921.  In 1930 Romy took over the band.  When he lost his…

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