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Eddie began his Slovenian singing career in the 1930s. Joining the Crick i Junior
Chorus at age seven and studying under the direction of Ivan Zorman and Julius Slapsak.
Since that time, Eddie has been continuously affiliated with various Slovenian singing
groups including the Zvon Mixed and Male Choruses, Triglav, the St. Vitus Church
Choir, and, of course, Glasbena Matica Singing Society. Eddie began his long tenure
with Glasbena Matica in 1948, making many early contributions and serving as its
President along the way. Between 1950 and 1961, the magnificent tenor took thirteen
leading roles in the group's many operatic productions under the direction of Anton
Schubel, including Carmen, La Traviata, and the Tales of Hoffman.
Not withstanding the opportunities his powerful voice and talents might have commanded.
Eddie confined his singing to the Slovenian cultural and Cleveland-Style genres,
feeling most at home with the intimacy afforded by personal appearances. As proprietor
of St. Clair's famous Tino's Bar from 1960-1972, Eddie delighted patrons with his
renditions from behind the bar and while vocalizing with the orchestras perfomming
Often called upon to be a featured vocalist. Eddie appeared frequently with the Don
Slogar and Eddie Buehner Orchestras as well as with other Cleveland-based bands.
He headlined two major concerts with June Price and Dolores Mihelich in 1977 and
1979, the latter leading to the release of a double LP album. Eddie performed during
seven tours of Europe and in concerts in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
Closer to home, Eddie has been a regular volunteer perfommer at the Slovene Home
for the Aged.
Eddie recorded eight albums. five accompanied by Buehner, and three with Slogar on
the Mlay and his own Kenik labels. Eddie also produced albums on the Kenik label
featuring Marie Pivik and the Price-Mihelich duet. Eddie's radio and television credits
include appearances on "Polka Varieties" as well as the shows of Sidney Andorn and
A major force in the Slovenian community, Eddie served for forty years as a Director
of the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue and as its President for twenty-four
prior to his retirement in 1994. Credited with playing a critical role in preserving
this institution. Eddie was honored as the Federation of Slovenian Homes' Man-of-the-Year
Among Eddie's numerous hits. the most requested include "O Ja" "Veseli Ribencan"
(Happy Mountaineer), "Kamnik," "Ljubcek Moj" (My Sweetheart). "Tam na Ravnem Polju"
(Across the Open Plains), "Zaplula," and "Socha Voda."