‘Polka King’ Eddie Blazonczyk dies

Grammy winner received NEA lifetime honor

Grammy Award-winning polka music great Eddie Blazonczyk died Monday of natural causes at a hospital in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights. He was 70.

Blazonczyk was known as the “Polka King” and started his own polka music label in the 1960s. He retired in 2001 after having open-heart surgery.

The native Chicagoan was of Polish descent and started playing in the 1950s with Happy Eddie and his Polka Jesters. He went on to form the Versatones and tour the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe.

Blazonczyk was a founding member of the International Polka Assn., a disc jockey and a polka music promoter.

He won a Grammy in 1987 for Best Polka Recording for “Another Polka Celebration,” and in 1998 he received the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship.

More Scene

  • Cal Mare

    New L.A. Restaurants, Bars and Updated Favorites for Fall 2017

    Grammy Award-winning polka music great Eddie Blazonczyk died Monday of natural causes at a hospital in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights. He was 70. Blazonczyk was known as the “Polka King” and started his own polka music label in the 1960s. He retired in 2001 after having open-heart surgery. The native Chicagoan was of […]

  • Lupus Research Alliance 'Breaking Through Lupus

    Selena Gomez Chokes Up While Describing 'Life or Death Struggle' With Lupus

    Grammy Award-winning polka music great Eddie Blazonczyk died Monday of natural causes at a hospital in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights. He was 70. Blazonczyk was known as the “Polka King” and started his own polka music label in the 1960s. He retired in 2001 after having open-heart surgery. The native Chicagoan was of […]

  • AMAs Afterparty at Watt's with Niall

    Niall Horan, Chainsmokers, Rae Sremmurd Bring the AMAs After-Party to Beverly Hills

    Grammy Award-winning polka music great Eddie Blazonczyk died Monday of natural causes at a hospital in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights. He was 70. Blazonczyk was known as the “Polka King” and started his own polka music label in the 1960s. He retired in 2001 after having open-heart surgery. The native Chicagoan was of […]

  • HBO Presents-Night of Too Many Stars

    Jon Stewart, Other A-List Comics Skip Over Louis C.K. at 'Night of Too Many Stars'

    Grammy Award-winning polka music great Eddie Blazonczyk died Monday of natural causes at a hospital in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights. He was 70. Blazonczyk was known as the “Polka King” and started his own polka music label in the 1960s. He retired in 2001 after having open-heart surgery. The native Chicagoan was of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content