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Sunday, 27 September 2015

American Bands With Polish Roots

My dearest friends,

Polish people have been responsible for a lot of brilliant things, throughout history. Of course you have heard, probably in high - school,  about Marie Curie and Nicolas Copernicus. Polish people are a smart and proud nation that love their motherland, but also there are a lot of expats/immigrants, especially in the USA. To be mentioned that the USA holds the second biggest Polish city, after Warsaw - that city is Chicago, where entire neighbourhoods are filled with Polish people that do not speak English language. They never renounced their mother tongue, even if the ocean tear them apart from their homeland.
Today I wish to share with you some Polish - American bands. You surely heard about them and listened to their songs, but I am very sure that you did not know that they have some Polish roots. So, join me in welcoming the very talented Polish people:
1. The Doors - of course I do not speak about the famous Jim Morrison. I speak of the keyboard player and Co - founder of the band: Ray Manzarek. Born in Chicago in 1939, he met Morrison while studying at UCLA. They met by chance in Venice and Co - formed the band. It was also Manzarek who recruited the other 2 members of the band.
2. The Smashing Pumpkins - as you may know,  they played alternative rick and they were also from... that's right! Chicago! The original basist of the band was D'Arcy Wretzk - Polish - American born in Michigan (he moved to Chicago after). Their first gig was in a Polish bar in Chicago called Chicago 21, in 1988.
3. The Goo Goo Dolls - the lead vocalist and primary song writer + front man of the band = John Rzeznik. All grandparents were Polish and he grew up in Buffalo, New York, as a pure catholic boy. Recipient of the award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he is the one who played beautifully one of the most hating songs I have ever loved. I trust everyone knows "Iris" *muffled sobs*
4. Van Halen - the basist, Michael Anthony (Sobolewski) joined the band in 1974 after meeting Van Halen at the Pasadena City College. After joining in the band, the group changed the name from Mammoth to Van Halen.
5. Last but not least... The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hillel Slovak was the founding guitarist of the band. Unfortunately he died due to an overdose... Kiedis and Flea were able to pick up the pieces and continue with the band, saying that hopefully they will managed to go on with what Slovak "helped build".
Do you know of any other bands with Polish roots? I bet there are more out there, considering the spread of Polish people in the world. Although I have not yet met a Polish person extremely talented when it comes to singing, I must admit that I have met a lot of talented musical instruments players! Also as you can see above - bass, guitar - they do have very good musical ear & they are very good with the instruments ;) should I again mention here Chopin (I know I am overly fond and proud if him...). What do you think?

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug that loves music