"If you ever heard or saw Frank Yankovic perform, you have to read this book . . . Dolgan did a masterful job." - Polka Times
The definitive biography of American music legend Frank Yankovic describes a life filled with triumphs, defeats, crises, and controversies.
An uninhibited original, Yankovic earned his international reputation. For half a century he wowed polka fans around the globe with hits such as "Just Because" and "The Blue Skirt Waltz." He sold millions of records, won the first Polka Grammy, and found fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams.
But behind the light-hearted sounds of the accordion stood a man obsessed. With a tumultuous touring schedule, a restless temper, disgruntled bandmates, and three failed marriages, Yankovic found himself struggling with dark emotions while playing the "happiest music on earth."
Yankovic could be lovable, mean, generous, and petty, but always brave and audacious. Above all, he was an entertainer. There may never be another like him.
Includes a comprehensive discography.
The most interesting book we have ever read . . . Frankie Yankovic was quite an interesting individual but when put in context of the other musicians of his era, the music, and the times-this is even more than his story, it is a history of the Cleveland style music that we all love so much today. . . Dolgan does an excellent job. -- Book Reviewer "Polka News" If you ever heard or have seen Frank Yankovic perform, you have to read this book. Dolgan did a masterful job in putting this book together. -- Book Reviewer "Polka Times" [An] appealing survey of the sunshine and shadows in a groundbreaking musician's life. -- Book Reviewer "Midwest Book Review" Many authors could have come up with the outlne of Yankovic's life, but Dolgan goes much further to define the King's personal appeal. -- Book Reviewer "Akron Beacon Journal" An unflinching look at the life and times of a superstar. -- Book Reviewer "Free Times" It's easy to romanticize the days when polka was king; it's more of a challenge to capture the complexity of real people in an era when Cleveland's factories and ethnic social halls were alive. Rather than succumb to the temptation of simply marveling, former Plain Dealer columnist Bob Dolgan takes an unflinching look at the life and times of a superstar.--Michael Gill"Free Times" (12/13/2006) Many authors could have come up with the outline of Yankovic's life, but Dolgan goes much further to define the King's personal appeal. This enlightening biography may spark sales of polka music.--Barbara McIntyre"Akron Beacon Journal" (12/24/2006) Bob Dolgan knew Yankovic when they were both hardly more than pups. He has written an engaging book about Yankovic . . . Dolgan tells it like it was--both the shiny and tarnished parts.--Kelly Ferjutz"CoolCleveland.com" (01/10/2007) If you ever heard or have seen Frank Yankovic perform, you have to read this book. Dolgan did a masterful job in putting this book together.--Ed Romp"Polka Times" (01/01/2007)