National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
George Mlay loved to listen to polka music, and he had a good ear for recording it.
George got caught up in polkamania in Pittsburgh in 1946 after serving in the U.S.
Navy. He would tape polka bands at playing engagements as a hobby using a binaural
recording device - a forerunner of stereo. In 1965, George got together with Jack
Tady, leader of Pittsburgh's hottest polka band at that time, and produced his first
album, "It's Terrific, It's Tady." The album began a succesful string of releases
for the Mlay label in the 1960's. Some of the artists George recorded include Johnny
Vadnal, Fred Gregorich and the Del-Fi's, Joey Frank and His Tempo Knights, Ray Galla
and the Polka Gems, Vic Rogale and Jack Pavlovic. The Mlay label was the first to
record popular tenor Eddie Kenik of Cleveland and introduce him to a wider audience.
George also hosted radio shows, beginning with "The Polka Jamboree," a Saturday polka
hour on station WPIT in Pittsburgh.