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Wonderful World Of Polkas - Larry Chesky & His Orchestra
Wonderful World Of 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.


Fifteen amazing selections of Polkas by various artists, such as:  Larry Chesky, Walt Solek, Ray Henry, Happy Louie, Al Soyka, Johnny Menko, Frank Wojnarowski and Gene Wisniewski.

Song Title Information:

  1.  Sweet Helen Polka
  2.  I Want To Play In Your Band Polka
  3.  The Hopak
  4.  Polish Cannonball Polka
  5.  Chicken Dance
  6.  Orange Blossom Polka
  7.  Sexy Sax Polka
  8.  Krakowiak
  9.  Silver Slipper Polka
 10. Domino Polka
 11. Barbarba Waltz
 12. Ukrainian Two Step
 13. Karobuska
 14. Russian Troika
  • Polka Hall of Fame Series
  • Compact Disc
  • 14 Selections
  • Total time 41:00

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