National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
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Joey Miskulin is one of Cleveland-Style Polkas’ greatest pillars of musical talent.
Plying his many skills in a myriad of ways, Joey has enhanced the quality of Cleveland-Style
music far and wide.
In his most memorable role, Joey, the child prodigy discovered by Chicago’s Roman
Possedi, became Frank Yankovic’s featured accordionist at age thirteen, beginning
an association that would last over thirty-five years. Frank’s insistence that Joey
be included in a Columbia recording session cemented Joey’s decision to make music
Broadening his experience, Joey toured the Far East with the Hawaii International
Revue, and, in the 1970’s became a studio musician and producer, performing on bass,
piano, banjo, guitar, organ, accordion, and as a vocalist with the likes of Andy
Williams, Doc Severinsen, and Charlie Daniels. All the while , Joey maintained his
love affair with Cleveland -Style Polkas, playing and recording with Yankovic and
Cleveland -Style orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
In 1978, Joey opened Miskulin’s Lounge, reviving a venue that housed some of Cleveland’s
most famous polka clubs. Teaming up with the legendary Lou Trebar, Joey formed the
Mis-Tre Orchestra, recorded two hit albums, and toured the U.S. For six years, Miskulin’s
was Cleveland’s premiere polka spot and the "nerve center" of Cleveland -Style music.
Joey hosted various TV shows, including his very own "Polka Time U.S.A.," and, in
1985, produced the first Grammy-winning polka album, Yankovic’s "70 Years of Hits."
Among Joeys many Compositions, "I Wanna Call You Sweetheart" was designated a Greatest
All-Time Cleveland-Style Polka Hit.
Joey moved to Nashville in 1987 to focus his efforts as a producer. The quintessential
musician, Joey delved into all realms of music, icing the recording cakes of stars
including Johnny Cash, U2, Paul McCartney, and Roy Rogers.
Marrying polkas with his other love, Western music, Joey, the "Cowpolka King," has
more recently starred with the Riders in the Sky and co-produced a series of Western
releases with Michael Martin Murphey.
Not neglecting Cleveland-Style music, Joey has released three more albums and a video,
continued to record with Cleveland-Style bands, and produced additional albums for
Among his astounding list of credits are countless appearances on national television
and radio, in the movies, and on video; hundreds of recording sessions; and four
Grammy-winning and several gold and platinum albums among scores of international
Joey has always. Represented Cleveland -Style Polkas with the utmost of class and
dignity, befriending most everyone with his congenial and personable demeanor.
Cleveland -Style Polkas have truly been blessed with Joey’s outstanding talents and
the new levels to which they have taken our music.