Rudolph Cernkovich

Rudolph Cernkovich

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Rudolph Cernkovich was born November 8, 1889, in Gorski Kotar, Croatia. He was the oldest son of eleven children. After he finished his elementary education, his parents planned to send him to school to become a priest or photographer. When he was 15, he met an uncle who was a tambura player and maker along with having his own family orchestra. This uncle gave Rudolph a tambura for a gift and he immediately learned to play it.

He came to America at 16 and settled in Pittsburgh. He planned in the old country to stay here only about three years, earn plenty of money, and return home. He joined several bands and played for dances, weddings, picnics, and home parties. Then he began to teach other orchestras and to arrange simple pieces. When the teacher of his singing society quit, the members prevailed upon him to undertake teaching the choir. From then on, he was teaching the tamburitza, orchestras and other singing societies and was arranging music for both.

After playing with the famous concert touring tamburitza orchestra "Zvonimir" for five years, he married Anna Ivanusich and they settled in Chicago. Here he rented a place for tambura manufacturing, and besides arranging music, began making tamburas. His work received overwhelming approval.

All the work of manufacturing instruments and issuing music dangerously affected his heart. Doctors warned him to slow down so he sold his shop to his cousin, and dedicated himself entirely to arranging and printing music. The demand for this was growing. After 23 years of yearning to return to his homeland, he and his wife spent five months in Yugoslavia.

After returning home, the days of dark depression were everywhere. He went to Michigan and bought a house where he could continue to work by mail with his music customers throughout the country. The town was Bradley. Then the second World War came and orchestras disbanded. To arrange and print this music for a smaller and smaller number with growing costs in everything due to the war, the outputs were a constant loss. Realizing the futility in this line of work, Cernkovich decided to sell his home and find another line of business. After rigid examination by the Civil Service Commission, he was appointed Postmaster of Bradley, Michigan. During his free time he still kept up his work on issuing music.

He has arranged more than 1000 songs, including his own melodies, work of other composers, and public domain folk tunes he knew as a child. His right hand in this endeavor was his wife, who was carrying one load while he carried another and inspiring him when he was down and low. His lyrics are sentimental and romantic in nature, which is perhaps because of the breaking away from his family in early life. He said that if he had chosen some other career it would probably have been more gainful, but this way he has friends in every native community of many lands through his music -- and this has more value.
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Rudolph Cernkovich Discography Tracks

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1237-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* Stari Cižmar (Shoemaker Polka) (as R, Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* - Stari Cižmar (Shoemaker Polka) / Kučice Pod Gorama (Cottages Under The Mountains)(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1237-F US 1942 Sell This Version
1241-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* Majka (as R. Cernkovich) and 1 more… Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* - Nada I Na Marjance Polka / Majka(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1241-F US 1942 Sell This Version
1256-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* Oj Jesenske Duge Noči (as R. Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* - Oj Jesenske Duge Noči / Golubica(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1256-F US 1943 Sell This Version
1257-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* Ljubay Valcer (as R. Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* - Ljubay Valcer / Nočna Ruza(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1257-F US 1943 Sell This Version
1236-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. Da Nije Lubavi (If There Is No Love) (as R. Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. - Sedla Sam Kraj Mašine (Sitting Beside A Machine) / Da Nije Lubavi (If There Is No Love)(Shellac, 10", RP) Columbia 1236-F US 1946 Sell This Version
39870 Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks* Golden Pheasant (as Cernkovich) Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks* - Tony's Polka / Golden Pheasant(Shellac, 10", Single) Columbia 39870 US 1952 Sell This Version
31000 Veseli Tamburitzans Veseli Tamburitzans - Veseli Tamburitzans Entertain(LP, Album) Century Records (4) 31000 US 1981 Sell This Version
Marv Herzog Golden Pheasant Polka (as Cernkovich) Marv Herzog - Breaks Out The Polkas (Album) Sound (7), Herzog Records (2) US Unknown Sell This Version
12241-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. - Delnice Polka / Under The Bridge(Shellac, 10") Columbia 12241-F US Unknown Sell This Version
12287-F Skertich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra* Strawberry Polka (as R. Cernkovich) and 1 more… Skertich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra* - Lucia Polka / Strawberry Polka(Shellac, 10") Columbia 12287-F US Unknown Sell This Version
1235-F Skertich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra* Oj Maricka Peglaj (Iron Mary) (as R. Cernkovich) and 1 more… Skertich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra* - Ide Bande (Here Comes The Band) / Oj Maricka Peglaj (Iron Mary)(Shellac, 10", RP) Columbia 1235-F US Unknown Sell This Version
none Walter Vunovic And His Royal Tamburitza Orchestra* Primorsko Kolo (as Rud' Crnkovich) Walter Vunovic And His Royal Tamburitza Orchestra* - Sic-Mic-Micika / Primorsko Kolo(7") Tambura Record none US Unknown Sell This Version
1244-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. Mande Lipa Mande (as R. Cernkovich) and 1 more… Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. - Mande Lipa Mande / Lucia Polka(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1244-F US Unknown Sell This Version
USR-5062 The Continental Tamburitzans Selections From 'Banat' (as Rud. Cernkovich) and 3 more… The Continental Tamburitzans - Music As You Like It(LP) United Sound (3) USR-5062 US Unknown Sell This Version
1243-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* Kiceni Valcer (as R. Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orchestra* - Kiceni Valcer / Vesel Te Se(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1243-F US Unknown Sell This Version
101 Dick Tady Samo Nemoj Waltz (as R. Cernkovich) Dick Tady - Dick Tady Orchestra(LP) Corjal Records 101 US Unknown Sell This Version
1267-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. Zagrebacke Frajlice (Zagreb Misses) and 1 more… Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. - Drotarova (Tinker Polka) / Zagrebacke Frajlice (Zagreb Misses)(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1267-F US Unknown Sell This Version
B-565 Nick Skertich Tamburitza Orchestra Golden Pheasant Polka (as Cernkovich) Nick Skertich Tamburitza Orchestra - Da Me Hoces / Golden Pheasant Polka(7") Balkan Records B-565 US Unknown Sell This Version
1253-F Skertich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra* Hercules Waltz (as R. Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra* - Oj Suzana Polka / Hercules Waltz(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1253-F US Unknown Sell This Version
none Walter Vunovic & His Royal Tamburitza Orchestra Ubava Cura Garava (as Cernkovich) Walter Vunovic & His Royal Tamburitza Orchestra - Nemoj De Se Rastajemo / Ubava Cura Garava(7") Tambura Record none US Unknown Sell This Version
B-2622 Frankie Yankovic And His Yanks Golden Pheasant (as Cernkovich) Frankie Yankovic And His Yanks - Just Another Polka / Milwaukee Polka / Golden Pheasant / Tony's Polka(7", EP) Columbia B-2622 US Unknown Sell This Version
LP-DU 11 & 12 Duquesne University Tamburitzans Musical Giants (as Rudolf Cernkovich) Duquesne University Tamburitzans - Tamburitza Echoes(LP, Album) Du-Tam LP-DU 11 & 12 US Unknown Sell This Version
12256-F Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. Hope And Tavern Polka (as R. Cernkovich) Skertich Brothers Tamburica Orch. - Hope And Tavern Polka(Shellac, 10") Columbia 12256-F US Unknown Sell This Version