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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 1906 Podgorski came to the United States with his wife Alexandra and they settled in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In a short time he organized his first orchestra in this country. The music and publishing business was established in 1922. The years that followed revealed his capacity for work and they were rewarding. The Podgorski collection of composer-author arrangements totaled 1,392 collections and his instrumentation publication arranged for small bands or orchestra amounts to 25 albums.

Podgorski became a popular recording artist and during the early years of recordings he was featured by RCA Victor recordings for ten years. RCA awarded him a replica of the famous dog named “Little Nipper” which became a world wide RCA trade mark. He also recorded for Columbia, Harmonia, and Okey records.

As a person Ignacy Podgorski was a jovial outgoing personality with an exceptional talent for producing music. He could be justly described as a master phraseologist with a pencil at hand, ready to capture anything that would pop out of his mind that he could add to music. His emotional nature revealed a love of the poet, and his music a distinct style of his day — an event among many events that contributed its share to his native Polish folk-music. His music speaks for itself; it is lively and inspiring. Its aim was to please the people and oddly the source was the people. And yet, he was a modest man who found happiness in music.

Ignacy was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1978; this year marks the 40th anniversary of his induction.
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International Polka Association shared KARE 11's Concertina Kid. ... See MoreSee Less

You know as a parent you're in uncharted territory when your 3rd grader asks for lederhosen for Christmas. 8-year-old Cameron Mack likes his dirt bikes, but LOVES his concertina. Here's a link to the full story: kare11.tv/2ELVzRT

Joey Miskulin was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1999. ... See MoreSee Less

Nashville Cats: Salute To Accordian Player Joey Miskulin: A prodigious talent who began playing professionally at thirteen, accordion master Joey Miskulin has contributed mightily to a wide range of recordings, including works by Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Paul McCartney, Shania Twain, U2, Townes Van Zandt, and Frank Yankovic. Miskulin has won multiple Grammy awards, has worked extensively in film and television, and is a key member of Grand Ole Opry group Riders in the Sky. Country Music Hall of Fame member Cowboy Jack Clement regularly called Miskulin “The greatest accordion player in the world,” and no one argued. The interview will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings, and Miskulin will perform.

Lawrence Duchow started his musical career in 1932 playing with Hal’s Bluebirds out of Chilton, Wisconsin. Their first job was for a dance at Kleist’s Hall in Potter, Wisconsin. Lawrence took over the operation reins in 1933 and called it the Lawrence Duchow and his Red Raven Inn Orchestra as the band was performing at the Red Raven Inn in Hilbert, Wisconsin. The band grew and began to record for Decca and later for RCA Victor in which they had some of the biggest hits of any band playing polka and waltz music. The orchestra introduced Windy City Polka, Milwaukee Polka written for the Milwaukee Centennial newspaper, Vagabond Waltz, The Swiss Boy and their theme, Red Raven Polka. With recording success, came road work, all the way from coast to coast and border to border. They played weekly at Trianon Ballroom in Chicago and had a weekly coast-to-coast radio broadcast on WGN. During the war, many servicemen carried Red Raven records with them overseas.

Lawrence Duchow served in the Army until a medical discharge sent him back to the band and his public. After the dissolution of his orchestra in 1953, the traveling music library was sold to Don Peachy of Burnette, Wisconsin. Jay Wells of Appleton and Andy Anderson received the rights of the Red Raven Orchestra name and the rest of the library in 1960.

Duchow settled in California, where he developed a store coupon brokerage firm called the Lawrence Duchow Markets. He also was a booking agent for West Coast orchestras.

His death at the age of 58 in 1972 at Hamlet, California, was the result of a stroke. He will be remembered for what Franklyn MacCormack of WGN Radio said was “The best damned Old-Tyme band there ever was.” They recorded some 300 singles. During the peak of his career, Lawrence Duchow was considered second only to Lawrence Welk in the area of dance music.

Lawrence Duchow was posthumously inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1983; this year marks the 35th anniversary of his induction.
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Join us this afternoon at Glendora Banquets or listen live during the Polka Jammer Network’s JammerThon. Keep supporting polka music! ... See MoreSee Less

Here's the Sunday JammerThon Schedule that includes a LIVE Ipa Tribute-Band performance with John Gora polkajammernetwork.org SUNDAY, APRIL 8 6AM-8AM Dick Ozimek 8AM-10AM Peter J Danielczuk LIVE 10AM-1PM Keith Stras w/band LIVE 1PM-3PM Ron & Kathy Raczkowski LIVE 3PM-4PM Jim ‘Chainsaw’ Kucharski LIVE 4PM-6PM International Polka Association Polka Show – featuring IPA Tribute band w/John Gora LIVE 6PM-8PM Kenny Konopka LIVE 8PM-10:30/11PM TZ LIVE

John Gora and his lovely wife Dianne visiting the IPA Hall of Fame and Museum in Chicago, Illinois today. Residing in Burlington, Ontario, Canada; John was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

📷: Rick Rzeszutko
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Coming up this Sunday...we hope to see you in Chicago Ridge! ... See MoreSee Less

The officers and directors of the International Polka Association wish you all a happy, safe, and blessed Easter holiday. ... See MoreSee Less

Rib River Ballroom
March 17-18, 2018
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Rib River Ballroom March 17-18, 2018

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Ludlow PACC Ludlow, Massachusetts March 10-11, 2018

The PAJ's web pages have been updated. You can download a printable PDF file of Dyngus Day events in Buffalo and Western New York, learn about Chopins, the home of the modern Dyngus Day, and find out what's going on in other Polonias across the country.
www.polamjournal.com
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IPA Hall of Famers attending the IPA Benefit Dance in Ludlow, Massachusetts on Sunday, March 11.
Front row: Fred Kendzierski, Mitch Biskup, Fred Bulinski, Billy Belina, Dennis Polisky, and Lenny Gomulka.
Back row: Jackie Libera, Eddie Biegaj, Mike Matousek, Al Piatkowski, Eddie Forman, Jimmy Weber, and Wally Dombrowski.
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Good Morning friends...
It's Polka Time on KCAA Radio !!!
Listen at www.kcaaradio.com
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