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Big Band Polkas - Larry Chesky & His Orchestra
Big Band Polkas - Larry Chesky & His Orchestra

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Since his birth November 17, 1933, Larry Chesky has resided in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Thanks to his parents, Wanda and Joe, Larry was introduced to music at the age of six.  He was given his first accordion.  Whenever you saw Larry, you saw that accordion.  They were inseparable.  With the help of his father, Joe, Larry's first band, "The Polka Dots," was formed when he was twelve years old.  After its first regional radio broadcast, the popularity of the group soared.  Larry changed the group's name to "Larry's Polka Dots".

At the age of fifteen, with the help of his mentor and promoter, Joe Tauss of New York, Larry signed with the Musico Record Company.  It as then that Larry achieved his now famous "Big Band Sound."  A ten-piece orchestra was formed named "Larry Cheska and His Orchestra."  The group's first recording was "Our Gang Oberek" which became a hit.

Although a musical success, Larry returned to Massachusetts to graduate from high school, and attend the Hart School of Music.  Back on the road again, Larry Chesky and His Orchestra covered the eastern Polka circuit from New York to Chicago.  

Because of the versatility and popularity of the band, it was invited to perform at the Eastern States Exposition and the Cobleskill New York Fair.  This allowed Larry to work with headliners such as Barbara Mandrell, Bobby Vinton, James Darin and many of the Lawrence Welk stars.

During the 50's, Larry formed the Rex Record Company.  He had a close working relationship with Gene Wisniewski, who formed Dala Records and Al Soyka, who formed Glo Records.  Over many years these three pioneer Polka recording companies worked together for promotion and benefit of the Polka industry.  Larry has just released three new albums which brings his total personal recordings to well over 1000, including 100 albums.


Great selection of seventeen Big Band Polkas by Larry Chesky and his orchestra.

Song Title Information:

  1.  Clarinet Polka
  2.  Good Times Polka
  3.  Buzzing Bee Oberek
  4.  Night In Vienna Waltz
  5.  Hit The Spot Polka
  6.  Silver Wedding Polka
  7.  Cavalcade Polka
  8.  On The Go Polka
  9.  Caribbean Polka
 10. Patty Cake Polka
 11. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Polka
 12. Wind and Rain Polka
 13. Pennsylvania Polka
 14. Beer Barrel Polka
 15. Emelia Polka
 16. Helena Polka
 17. Our Gang Oberek
  • Polka Hall of Fame Series
  • Compact Disc
  • 17 Selections
  • Total time 44:07

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