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Polish Wedding Album by Mattie Madura and His Orchestra
Mattie Madura's musical career began with an old broken violin given to Mattie's father by an old friend. With time and bits of wire and glue, it was pieced together. When it was finished he gave it to his younger son, Mattie. From then on Mattie was “tha


 
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Mattie Madura's musical career began with an old broken violin given to Mattie's father by an old friend. With time and bits of wire and glue, it was pieced together. When it was finished he gave it to his younger son, Mattie. From then on Mattie was “that boy with the violin.”

At the age of nine, while attending St. Helen School in Chicago, he learned to sing while playing the violin. His second love, the trumpet, he learned the hard way. At age 13 he lost his mother, and prior to that his dad was a victim of a hit and run driver, leaving the family with numerous hardships. Mattie would walk to school and sell his lunches, just to get enough money to pay for his trumpet lessons.

After high school, Mattie, together with his violin and ten other musicians from Crane and Lane High Schools, organized his first band. They played proms and ballroom dances.

After World War II Mattie formed his famous polka band that delighted so many people at over 2,000 wedding and anniversary receptions that they played in his lifetime. Mattie always impressed his audience with his fluent Polish and English vocabulary. Whether singing at the mike or speaking to an audience, he mastered the fine art of authority and complete control over the people he was addressing. He provided a sentimental ceremony at weddings that would make women cry. He was so well liked that in many instances, he was called on to play the couple’s 25th anniversary whose wedding he originally played.

Mattie passed on in September, 1967, but he was remembered long after. Being in the polka entertainment field most of his life, he had given his time unselfishly to anyone interested in the field: disc jockeys, fellow musicians, or just a polka fan.

Source: http://www.internationalpolka.com/mattie-madura.html

Selections:

1. Twelve Angels Waltz – Dwanascie listeczkow
2. Going To The Wedding Polka – Pojdziemy, pojdziemy
3. Behind The Hill Oberek – Za gora za czarnem lasem
4. Chocolate Soda Polka – Czaj, czaj
5. Wedding Wreath Waltz – Wianek mirtowy
6. My Little Wife - Mialem ja zonke
7. Advice To The Bride – Pamietajze Pani Mloda
8. Other Side Of The River – Z tamtej strony wody
9. At The Wedding Oberek – Na weselu mojej corki
10. Sunset Polka – Sloneczko na zachodzie
11. Tell Me Girl Waltz – Powiedz mi dziewczyno
12. Wedding March – Twelve Angels – Krakowiak
13. After The Wedding Polka – Na poprawinach
14. Bo Peep Polka – Zlaczki na laczke
15. Love Bird Oberek – Oj siwy golabeczek
16. Strolling Girl Polka – Chodzie Mania
17. My Mom – Organ: Bill Ward
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  • 17 Selections
    Total Time 40:00


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