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Artist of the Month ♫ Frankie Yankovic ♫
Lifetime Achievement Recipient
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1988
1915 - 1998
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JA SAM MAJKO
Frankie Yankovic and his Yanks
Recording from 45 RPM CBS Records 8833
Frank Yankovic, "America's Polka King," is personally responsible for catapulting
Slovenian Cleveland-Style Polkas from an obscure ethnic artform into national prominence
as a mainstay of American muscial culture.
Beginning his professional music career nearly sixty years ago, Frank began promoting
Cleveland-Style Polkas nationally after World War II and, in the process of dedicating
his life to this endeavor, has literally been "on the road" ever since.
Of course, Frank's greatest triumphs were his 2 million-seller hits, "Just Because"
in 1948 followed shortly by the even-bigger "Blue Skirt Waltz." At that time, gold
records were a rarity for any artist, let alone a purveyor of polkas. In recognition
of the long and successful career that ensued, Frank received the first Grammy Award
in the polka category in 1986.