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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Lawrence Duchow – Deceased Category – Inducted 1983

    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…

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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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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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Ted Maksymowicz – Deceased Category – Inducted 1980

  Ted was born in New York of Polish parentage.  While attending Commerce High School, he began his first formal study of music at 13, and formed his first band shortly thereafter in 1935.  He played violin and trumpet.   During the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, Ted played at the Polish…

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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…

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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.  …

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Marisha Data – Deceased Category – Inducted 1974

    She was known in the polka field for her song hits “Wishing Well Waltz” and “Violins Play For Me”; but she was also known in the radio and stage field as a radio announcer, operatic and concert singer and a comedienne.  Gifted with a great voice and acting…

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Mattie Madura – Deceased Category – Inducted 1973

  Mattie Madura’s musical career began with an old broken violin given to Mattie’s father by an old friend.  With time and bits of wire and glue, it was pieced together.  When it was finished he gave it to his younger son, Mattie.  From then on Mattie was “that boy…

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Eddie Zima – Deceased Category – Inducted 1972

    Eddie Zima was born in 1923 in Chicago and began playing the concertina when he was 6 years old.  His mother, Eleanor, upon noticing his eagerness and ability to play, signed him up for lessons.  The concertina was too big for the boy to carry, so he hauled…

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