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Frank Yankovic

Jul 15, 1915 - Oct 14, 1998(83)

Polka makes you forget your troubles... it's the happiest music this side of heaven!

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Age
83
Date of Birth
Jul 15, 1915
Date of Passing
Oct 14, 1998
Place
New Port Richey, United States of AmericaπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Mini bio

Celebrated American "Polka King," Frank Yankovic, learned to play the accordion as a nine year old boy. By the age of fifteen, he was already playing professionally. However, fate dealt him a cruel blow during his service in the army. Frank found himself trapped in the freezing cold of the Battle of the Bulge, facing the danger of losing his fingers crucial for playing instruments. Despite this harrowing experience, Frank survived the war to quickly rise to fame, leading one of the most beloved polka music groups in the entire United States. The late 1940s marked the pinnacle of his success when his hit "Blue Skirt Waltz" was released, instantly becoming a chart-topping hit.

Tributes Wall

Anoniman

Saw him with both my parents & my paternal grandma in Milwaukee in the '80's when I actively learned to play. My father spoke of Frank wasn't as sharp as in the past, but those were long before my time. Just glad I saw him.

2024-01-27

Anoniman

Saw him with both my parents & my paternal grandma in Milwaukee in the '80's when I actively learned to play. My father spoke Frank wasn't as sharp as in past days, but those were long before my time. Just glad I saw him.

2024-01-27

Anne Marie Evans

I grew up living polka music!! My dad was in bands throughout my childhood!! My dad knew Frankie Yankovic in person. I can't count the number of pictures I had with him. I SOOOOOOOO wish I still had them. I can't remember why or how, but my dad also had to fill in for Frankie. I so appreciate this memorial. Love from Dallas!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’›πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

2023-10-24

Lidija Turk

I have old records from the 1940' of Frank Yankovic. I am from Cleveland, Ohio where he started. Mom and dad would go to the clubs where he was and dance. Great musician πŸ™

2023-10-24

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