Archive for February, 2009

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to thank all the folks who were able to join us over the past month in Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

We had a great time and met a lot of friends.

Thanks for your support!

Walter

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Feb
20

Waltz of the Angels Finally Released

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There’s a song on my latest Walter Ostanek Band CD, “Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas”, called, “Waltz of the Angels”.

This is  a beautiful waltz with Jon Libera on the vocals.  I’m getting a lot of nice comments about this particular song and attention from several polka radio stations.

There’s a cute little story behind this song;
Jon Libera, former vocalist with the Walter Ostanek Band, brought this old Lefty Frizzell composition to my attention about 4 years ago and suggested that I record it.  I liked the song and asked Jon if he’d like to do it.  Well that was 4 years ago!

Last year while at Kravos Recording Studio in Cleveland with Murray McFadgen doing some vocal tracks I played  “Waltz of the Angels” for Murray and Bob Kravos.  They both loved it so I got Murray to record the harmony vocals to Jon’s original melody vocal.  While Murray was doing the recording, Tony Petkovsek, (#1 Polka DJ in Cleveland), dropped in to visit. Tony really liked it as well.

So after sitting on the shelf for 4 years, “Waltz of the Angels” was finally completed and released on our “Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas” cd.

I hope you enjoy Waltz of the Angels. I want to thank Jon Libera, not only for bringing the song to me, but for doing such a great job on the vocals.

You can click here to hear a sample of  Waltz of the Angels.

Hey, send me a note, or comment on this post and let me know what you think of “Waltz of the Angels”.

Til next time, Keep Smiling,
Walter

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Feb
11

Remembering Frankie Yankovic

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Hi Everyone,

Over the years I’ve been blessed with many friends and supporters.  As a tribute, and to show my thanks, we’ve added a new section to our website entitled, “Friends”.

One of my dearest friends was “America’s Polka King”, Frankie Yankovic.  At an early age I wanted to become just like Frank.  He was afterall the superstar of in the Cleveland-Style polka world that I wanted so much to be a part of .  As luck would have it, our friendship grew into a very special relationship.  Imagine your idol becoming your mentor and friend.  Well that’s how it was for me and Frankie.

It’s been 10 years since Frank passed away in 2008.  I think about him a lot, especially when I’m in the Cleveland area.

I hope you’ll enjoy my special tribute to my special freind, Frankie Yankovic.

Walter.

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