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Artist of the Month ♫ Matt Hoyer ♫
Lifetime Achievement Recipient
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1988
1891 - 1960
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NEPOZA BIME POLKA
Recording from 78 RPM Record
Born in Slovenia in 1891, Matt came to the U.S. and settled in Cleveland in 1911.
Applying the skills he learned in Slovenia, he continued to build, repair and tune
accordions in America. But his crowning achievement was the Hoyer Trio and its legacy
which to this day has directly or indirectly influenced virtually all Slovenian,
Cleveland-Style Polka musicians.
Performing primarily in Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, the Hoyer Trio
was the first Cleveland-Style Polka band to “go commercial.” Taking our music far
beyond the range of his Model T (later Model A) transportation, the Hoyer Trio began
recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company and Okeh Records. Thus, Cleveland-Style
Polka began traveling across the nation’s airwaves, were disseminated to music lovers
everywhere, and gained legitimacy as an art form outside the strict boundaries of
Slovenian ethnic heritage.
One of the Hoyer Trio’s biggest selling dics was “Dunaj Ostane Dunaj,” a polka derived
from the German-Austrian march “Vienna Forever.” Cleveland-Style Polka musicians,
on the other hand, simply call it Hoyer’s polka.” Among the many popular polkas and
waltzes adapted from Hoyer renditions are “Jack on St. Clair,” “Patricia’s Waltz,”
“Bartender’s Polka,” and a host of others.