Joey James Hlavsa
Hlavsa used the name “Joey James” for show business. He played bass, accordion, and keyboard in the four-member Joey James Orchestra. A trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, and drums rounded out the band, with James and other members taking turns on vocals. They specialized in dance music: polka, Latin, waltz, swing, foxtrot, and country.
Joey’s widow Becky Hlavsa donated this record to the Madison County Historical Society. The photo image on the record sleeve is Joey’s 1960 high school senior year picture.
Alton city directories. Available at the Madison County Archival Library.
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Edwardsville Intelligencer. Various articles.
[Obituary]. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 24, 2010.