• Tony Petkovsek – Pioneer Category – Inducted 2013

      Tony Petkovsek was born August 21, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio to parents of Slovenian descent. At age 20 he began what would become the longest running daily two hour polka program, self-produced with his own sponsors. That daily show aired six days a week from 1961 through 2011 and…

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  • Don Peachey – Pioneer Category – 2011

      Don Peachey hails from Burnett, Wisconsin, a small town located an hour from Milwaukee.   He began playing the accordion at the age of 14. Don made his first paying performance at the civic center in Fairwater, Wisconsin. Except for two years in the U.S. Army, he has been…

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  • Stephanie Pietrzak – Living Category – Inducted 2010

      It all started at the age of seven when Stephanie was being taught the accordion by her mom, Wanda, and the Polish vocals by her grandmother, Stephanie. This created an interest in listening to Polish music. While Henry her father was off bowling, Wanda took Stephanie to see Li’l…

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  • Dennis Polisky – Living Category – Inducted 2007

      Dennis Polisky, leader, clarinet, tenor saxophone player for the Maestro’s Men Orchestra from Colchester, Connecticut, has been performing and entertaining audiences for over 38 years. His dedication, versatility and personality has earned him the recognition as one of the best clarinet players in the polka field today. He credits…

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  • Al Piatkowski – Living Category – Inducted 2000

      Polka music has been a part of Al Piatkowski’s life as long as he colud remember.  Born in Syracuse, NY on January 17, 1959, Al grew up listening to the Sunday polka programs.  His parents, Mike and Gloria, would attend the local polka dances and bring home the latest…

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  • Wanda “Koziol” Pietrzak – Deceased Category – Inducted 1999

      Wanda S. Pietrzak was a singer who achieved national acclaim in polka music’s only mother and daughter team, “Wanda and Stephanie.”   As half of “Wanda and Stephanie”, known as “American’s Polka Sweethearts,” she recorded many albums. She scored a #1 polka hit in 1971 with a song she…

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  • John “Jas” Przasnyski – Deceased Category – Inducted 1998

      John (Jas) Stanley Przasnyski was born a twin on May 25, 1926, in Bristol, Connecticut. John was the eldest of the two boys.   After World War II, John attended the Julius Hartt School of Music in Hartford and learned to play the drums. From the point, he was…

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  • Stanley Przasnyski – Living Category – Inducted 1993

      Born in 1926 in Bristol Connecticut, he started to study the accordion at age ten while attending St. Stanislaus School. At the age of thirteen he was playing professionally at social affairs, concert solos, and private parties. He started a four-piece band at the age of eighteen. A typical…

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  •  Emily Pinter – Living Category – Inducted 1987

      Emily Pinter began her music and dancing at the early age of five, studying piano, ballet and tap dancing.  At age 16, while dancing with the Alliance of Polish Clubs group, the dancing instructor took ill, and Emily was asked to take over the class.  The following year she…

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  • Lou Prohut – Deceased Category – Inducted 1981

      Lou Prohut was born in Chicago where he attended local parochial schools and began studying the accordion almost as soon as he learned to walk.  His talents led him to an appearance on the famed Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour when he was a mere five years old.  After…

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  • “Joe Pat” Paterek – Living Category – Inducted 1978

      “Joe Pat” Paterek was born in Chicago to Joseph and Mary Paterek on May 21, 1919.  His father was of Slovak ancestry and his mother was of Polish origin.  Joe became interested in music at an early age and began taking music lessons while attending local schools.  After developing…

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  • Ignacy Podgorski – Deceased Category – Inducted 1978

      Ignacy Podgorski was a musician, composer, arranger, publisher, recording artist and violinist who conducted his own orchestra.  He was born on February 1, 1886 in Kielce, Poland.  As a boy he lived in Czestochowa where he obtained his musical education and acquired a love for native folk-lore.   In…

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  • Johnny Pecon – Deceased Category – Inducted 1975

      Johnny Pecon was born on February 3, 1915 in Cleveland.  At age five he began playing on a small accordion.  In his teens he already sat in with some of the Slovenian polka bands.  At age 19 he formed his own polka band.   Johnny joined the Navy in…

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  • Dick Pillar – Living Category – Inducted 1974

      Two words that are virtually synonymous to thousands of fans throughout the country are “polka” and “Pillar,” like celery and salt they were made for each other.  Born 34 years ago to Joseph and Stella Pillar Pillar of Uncasville, Connecticut, Richard has been setting toes a-tapping since 1958 when…

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