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Friday, Mar 27, 2015

* Yeah, running a bit late today. Long day, long night. AP

A Grammy-winning polka is closer to becoming the official Illinois polka.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports a House committee OK’d enshrining the Illinois-written “Polka Celebration” along other designations such as the state bird and flower.

The tune was written and composed by Chicago native Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. It won a Grammy Award in 1986.

* It’s actually a pretty good tune

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 9:51 am:

    I’ve never heard a song that made mariachi music preferable… until now.


  2. - Judy - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 9:52 am:

    Would this be Topinka’s choice?


  3. - anonymous plus one - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 9:54 am:

    the image of John Candy just popped into my head. :)


  4. - A guy - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 9:57 am:

    Should save this one for “Good Afternoon”. Morning polkas are dangerous and destructive!


  5. - Ethan Hawk - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:01 am:

    The image of the Crazy Chicken Dance at wedding receptions popped into my head. Even without the suds flowing and Aunt Millie crying about losing her little girl, the “Chicken Dance” beats the “Polka Celebration” hands down. Sorry Eddie.


  6. - LW - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:02 am:

    T’ank ya boyss.


  7. - Carhartt Representative - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:04 am:

    Ah the great Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones. As a student film maker, I did a really horrible documentary on the Polka Hall of Fame in Chicago. Eddie’s name kept coming up.


  8. - south side - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:07 am:

    So I guess The Steve Miller Band’s, Take The Money And Run, didn’t get the votes.


  9. - Wordslinger - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:07 am:

    I remember that Grammy telecast. Very controversial.

    When Eddie Blazoncyzk and the Versatones were accepting the award, a young Kanye West stormed the stage, grabbed the mike and said it rightfully belonged to Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois.

    It was a Milwaukee Ave/South Cicero Ave. thing.


  10. - Wordslinger - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:10 am:

    APOne, it was actually Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois that played John Candy’s polka band in “Home Alone.”

    Gotta represent for the old Baby Doll Polka Club.


  11. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:12 am:

    What’s the difference between an onion and an accordion?

    Nobody cries when you chop up an accordion.


  12. - Cheswick - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:15 am:

    Those are my people.


  13. - Carhartt Representative - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:16 am:

    =I remember that Grammy telecast. Very controversial.

    When Eddie Blazoncyzk and the Versatones were accepting the award, a young Kanye West stormed the stage, grabbed the mike and said it rightfully belonged to Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois.

    It was a Milwaukee Ave/South Cicero Ave. thing.=

    You jerk! You made me spit coffee on my keyboard.


  14. - AlabamaShake - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:19 am:

    Doesn’t the legislature have a budget mess to fix instead of focusing on this silliness? #snark

    (I just figured I’d say it before someone else says it and actually means it.)


  15. - Soccermom - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:19 am:

    Word and 47th, you guys are bringing it this morning.


  16. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:28 am:

    Music to JBT”s memory , a great polka


  17. - Stones - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:28 am:

    With all due respect to the beloved JBT who left us too early, there are no good polkas.


  18. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:30 am:

    In Streator–where we know something about polkas–this would get a lot of votes. But I don’t like it as much as George Ryan’s “Pay for Play Polka.”


  19. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:31 am:

    3 year olds on trikes wear helmets, but tipsy whirling geezers don’t?


  20. - Motambe - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:40 am:

    Judy would have loved it.


  21. - Amalia - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:52 am:

    more paczkis please! However it is spelled, it’s better than a donut!


  22. - Commonsense in Illinois - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 10:56 am:

    God save us all…


  23. - Original Rambler - Friday, Mar 27, 15 @ 12:46 pm:

    Great selection and love the comments. Love a good polka dance, the equivalent of demolition derby on a dance floor!

    No Christmas was complete around our home without a couple of spins of Lil’ Wally singing Nuttin’ for Christmas. Think that warped and scratched LP may be around somewhere still…


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