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Susie Sinchak, John Yanek, and The Lou Sikora Orchestra


 Pamiatky Stareho Kraju
The album Pamiatky Stareho Kraju, (Memories of Slovakia) is the second album by Susie Sinchak, John Yanek, and the Lou Sikora Orchestra.

About half way through the recording of this album, Susie Sinchak passed away. With heavy hearts, they finished the album without her as they knew she would have wished. Susie Sinchak loved the world in which she lived, the people she knew, and in particular, the traditions and the music of her native land, the love of her native land being surpassed only by the love for her adopted country.

The emotions in completing this album were somewhat mixed... sorrowful in the tragic loss of Susie Sinchak... but joyful in the realization that Susie Sinchak was responsible for WAM Records recording this kind of music in the first place and in the writing of the lyrics that made her first album so successful.

Lou Sikora and his Orchestra, consisting of 5 members, provide the instumentals on the recording. Composing the units are Lou Sikora and Ted Csiky (Violins), George Galombassy (Bass), Ben Gagyi (Piano), and Frank Molnar (Accordian). The orchestra had played for 15 years prior to this recording and are experts at capturing the European sound.

Zomrela Ciganka (The Gypsy Died) alone is worth the price of this cassette.

Songs on the album include Hu La La Polka, Hej Javor Javor (Old Elm Tree), Zomrela Ciganka (The Gypsy Died), Dievca Dievca (Girlie, Girlie), Ja Som Sirotek (I Am an Orphan), Susedovo (Neighbors), Ribbons Polka, Co Som Zacal (What I Started), Keby Ja Mal (If I Had), Julida Polka, Pridi Ty Suhajko (Come My Lad), Tancovala By Som (I'd Like to Dance), and Dobra Noc Ma Mila (Good Night, My Darling).

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 Mi Sme Mladi Slovaci
The album, Mi Sme Mladi Slovaci is done in the traditional Old Country style of music by first generation Americans.

Susie Sinchak was born in Zemplinska Od Michalovec. She came to America at the age of 14 and lived in Alliquipa, Pennsylvania, where she married Mike Sinchak. She never had any professional singing experience prior to recording this album. Her slightly nasal and wavering voice is the highlight of the recording and the version of Redovy on it. Susie's son is the Grammy Nominated recording artist, Del Sinchak.

Susie Sinchak and her husband Mike were responsible for making this album possible. When her son, Del, went into the recording business she and her husband kept encouraging him to record some Slovak songs. Del said, "When I do record a Slovak album, you will have to be our first artist." In keeping with his word, Susie became the star of Del's first Slovak album. For her, it was the biggest thrill of her life. Little did they know that the album would go on to become a classic among Slovak recordings.

John Yanek was born in Star Junction, Pennsylvania, where he lived for 8 years before moving to Youngstown, Ohio. Over the years John has sung for many Slovak organizations and this was his first solo album.

Lou Sikora and his Orchestra, consisting of 5 members, provide the instumentals on the recording. Composing the units are Lou Sikora and Ted Csiky (Violins), George Galombassy (Bass), Ben Gagyi (Piano), and Frank Molnar (Accordian). The orchestra had played for 15 years prior to this recording and are experts at capturing the European sound.

Songs on the album include Czardas, Od Ungvarda, Ves Ti Zajdu, Pod Tym Nasim Okeneckom, Redovy (The Bridal Dance), Hej Slovaci, Nasa Anicka, Bodajze Vas vy Mladenci, and Ja Parobek Z Kapusan.

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