Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is he going to be buried in a squeeze box. sorry about that. I heard him play live...oh crap I did it again.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing!

I will always remember when he showed me his huge Maxwell Polish!

Bartender Bea

Anonymous said...

Yock-she-mosh, Edjoo!

Eddie Blazonczyk and The Versatile Versa-tones was a regular at Polonia Grove on Archer and St. Louis. Matter of fact, I think I saw them one night at the Baby Doll Polka Ckub on Central Ave.

Frankie Yankovic only WISHED his group was as good as Eddie and the Boys.

Gene Kooya

Anonymous said...

Dead at 70 but had a strke when he was only in his late '50s? Sheesh, way too early. RIP

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should post one of his songs...

Perry F'ing Mason said...

What ever happened to Eddie Korosa?

Used to watch him as well on Channel 26. (Baby Doll Polka)

Pump all this music into Cook County jail all day. That would be real torture for the hip-hop crowd.

Next case.

Anonymous said...

John Goodman died??

I Voted For Obama said...

He promised to teach Obama how to polka. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

Polka, the most underrated and unappreciated music in the world.

Anonymous said...

Will he be inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame?
I believe north of Archer at Pulaski?
Need a little help here.