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Frankie Yankovic

Frankie YankovicBorn: 15-Jul-1915
Birthplace: Davis, WV
Died: 14-Oct-1998
Location of death: Florida
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, OH

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: America's Polka King

Military service: US Army (1943-45)

Frankie Yankovic was a well-known Slovenian-American accordionist from Cleveland, Ohio. He sold 2 million copies of his first hit single "Just Because" in 1948 and received the first ever Grammy for a polka recording in 1986. No relation to accordionist Weird Al Yankovic.

Father: Andy Yankovic (bootlegger)
Mother: Rose Mele
Sister: Josephine
Sister: Rose
Sister: Mary
Wife: June (m. 1940, div. 1968, 8 children)
Son: Frank Jr, Richard, Gerald, Mark, John, Robert (by June)
Daughter: Linda, Andrea (by June)
Wife: Pat (2 children)
Daughter: Theresa, Tricia (by Pat)
Wife: Ida (m. 1987)

    Grammy 1986 for Best Polka Recording
    Slovenian Ancestry

Author of books:
The Polka King: The Life of Frankie Yankovic (1977)

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