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Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas

by Various Artists

The long awaited blend of Polka Music Hall of Fame musicians - the best collection of Polka talent ever assembled on one recording - is now available. Nominated for "Best Polka Album" at the 51st annual GRAMMY AWARDS!
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1. Bobby's Polka
Walter Ostanek
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2. Dorthy's Waltz
Walter Ostanek
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3. I Only Want a Buddy Polka
Bob Kravos
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4. Korby's Polka
Eddie Klancnik
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5. Let's Go Skiing
Bob Kravos
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6. My Baby Loves Me Polka
Walter Ostanek
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2:48 $0.99
7. Night After Night Waltz
Bob Kravos
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8. Pig Skin Polka
Walter Ostanek
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9. Suzy Waltz
Bob Kravos
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10. Tell Me A Story Polka
Walter Ostanek
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11. Last Time I Saw Henry Polka
Bob Kravos
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12. Waltz of the Angels
Walter Ostanek
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13. The Vegas Polka
Walter Ostanek
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14. I'm a Jerk
Walter Ostanek
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15. Daly City Polka
Joey Bajuk
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16. Where Are You Going Mary? (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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17. Happy Wanda (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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18. Matka Waltz (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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19. Bartender Polka (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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20. Have a Good Time Polka (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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21. Buffalo Polka Box (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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22. There's Pretty Girls in Chicago (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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23. Vroom Vroom Vroom (The Motorcycle Polka) [feat. Mike Nowakowski]
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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24. Saxy Polka (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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25. Beer Beer Beer Polka (feat. Mike Nowakowski)
Jerry Darlak & the Touch
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas” is noteworthy as it represents the 21st time a Walter Ostanek album has been nominated for the "Best Polka Album" GRAMMY AWARD - and the 3rd Grammy Nomination for Jerry Darlak & the Touch!

For the Sunshine Records label, this marks the 16th GRAMMY nomination within the years 1998-2009 - a truly remarkable string of Polka Music hits - and "Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas" may very well represent the finest offering of them all.

Since 2009 was also the final year of the Polka Category in the NARAS Grammy Awards, this album is part of the final group of recordings provided the honor and recognition that the "Best Polka Album" Grammy Award category bestowed upon it's recipients. A polka music fan would be well served to add this historic offering by some fantastic musicians to their collection.

A great variety album, Walter Ostanek is joined by his friends Jerry Darlak & The Touch, and Bob Kravos and his band. From Cleveland-Syle Polkas and Waltzes, to the lively drivin’ Polish Chicago sound, rounded out by a beautiful melodic tune sung by Jon Libera, “Waltz of The Angels” this album has it all.

The list of Polka Music Hall of Famers heard on this recording is simply mind-blowing - quite possibly the best collection of Polka Music talent ever assembled on one album! Including:

Walter Ostanek - "Canada's Polka King," IPA Hall of Fame (HOF 1983), Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, 3 time GRAMMY AWARD winner for "Best Polka Album"

Jerry Darlak - IPA Hall of Fame (HOF 1997), 2 time GRAMMY AWARD winner for "Best Polka Album" (as member of Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones)

Mike Nowakowski - IPA Hall of Fame (HOF 2004)

Bob Kravos - Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame

And many, many other tremendously talented musicians in addition to those noted above.

If this album did not win the GRAMMY AWARD in 2009, one can only imagine that the winning record must have been one of the best sounds ever recorded in recent history! Consider some of the reviews given to "Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas" at the time:

Review by: Stephen May
Sunshine's BACK TO BACK HALL OF FAME POLKAS boasts more than 20 numbers by an impressive array of International Polka Hall of Fame greats including Canadian "Polka King" Walter Ostanek, Cleveland's Bob Kravos, and Buffalo's Jerry Darlak & The Touch. With bright production, traditional playing in the Chicago-Slovenian style, and fun titles such as "I'm a Jerk," "Saxy Polka," and "Beer Beer Beer Polka," BACK TO BACK HALL OF FAME POLKAS was nominated for a 2009 Grammy for Best Polka Album (Vocal or Instrumental).

Review by: Polka Connection.com
Walter Ostanek, Bob Kravos, Eddie Klancnik, Joey Bajuk, and Jerry Darlak & the Touch present a vast array of Slovenian and Polish style polka music! This album has 25 tracks with some excellent musicianship.

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Walter Ostanek, Grammy Award winner in 1993, 1994 & 1995, Canada’s Polka King, was honored for his 25 years as a band leader and for his promotion of polka music by being inducted into the International Polka Hall of Fame in 1983 and the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 1988.

When the Walter Ostanek Band appears in public, they always do their best to please and keep their audience happy. Through this kind of dedication, Walter has accomplished many memorable steps.

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Jerry Darlak and the TOUCH, the Award Winning polka band from Western New York, includes two members of the International Polka Association Hall of Fame: Jerry Darlak and Mike Nowakowski.

The band has also received three nominations for “Best Polka Album” at the 45th, 46th, and 51st annual GRAMMY AWARDS, with this album being the latest to be recognized with a Grammy Nomination.

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Bob Kravos was born 1967 into a Cleveland, Ohio based Slovenian-American family where the heritage of Slovenian-American style polkas flourished. Bob is the great nephew of the legendary America's Polka King Frankie Yankovic, who popularized the Slovenian-Cleveland Style of polka music.

At the age of six, Bob saw his great-uncle playing the accordion on stage and decided he would like to do the same. Bob's greatest musical mentors were Frankie Yankovic and another legend, Joey Miskulin, who was a member of The Yankovic Band playing second accordion for many years. Bob was honored with a grant from The State of Ohio to take lessons with Joey while Bob's great-uncle Frank would also periodically stop by the house and give him a few pointers. Frankie taught him how to be an entertainer and Joey Miskulin showed how to do excellent finger work on the accordion keyboard. Bob is known for his accordion runs and fill finger work repertoire. Right out of high school, Bob traveled with Frankie Yankovic for a period of seven years. Bob played all across the country with Frank. Being with the Yankovic Band, Bob did television appearances on The Polka Variety Show.

In 1987, Bob formed his own band, Bob Kravos And The Boys In The Band, which plays a wide variety of music. Though focused on Slovenian-Style polkas they also enjoy performing country, pop, swing, rock, and more. The Kravos-Style music is a twist between Yankovic, Rodick, Vadnal and his own Kravos flavor. The Polka Hall of Fame has honored the band and all of its members with multiple awards, including, for Bob Kravos and Norm Kobal, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.


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