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Frankie Yankovic
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Frankie Yankovic

Frankie Yankovic (1915 - 1998) was a polka musician from Cleveland, Ohio. Known as America's Polka King, he was the premier artist to play in the Slovenian style.

Yankovic released over 200 recordings in his career. In 1986 he was awarded the first ever Grammy in the Best Polka Recording category.

Yankovic seldom strayed from the Slovenian polka style, but did record with country singer Chet Atkins, pop singer Don Everly, and a version of the “Too Fat Polka” with comedian Drew Carey, also from Cleveland.

Yankovic was not related to Weird Al Yankovic, but they did appear together on a compilation album called “Besta Polka”.