Chicagoan Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. spread Polish polka around the globe is dead
Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. died Monday morning of natural causes in Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, said his son. Blazonczyk Sr. was 70 and had retired after suffering a stroke in 2001. His son led the band for fully a decade after that, extending the legacy of one of the most admired men in polka.
"He was an icon," said veteran polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr. "He had a lot of people, especially younger bands that played his style and all looked up to him. Everyone wanted to have a band like Eddie's.