Polka king Walter E. Jagiello, Aug. 17

Polka king Walter E. Jagiello, Aug. 17 Polka king Walter E. Jagiello, who recorded 110 polka albums as "Lil' Wally the Polka King," died of heart failure on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at his home in Miami Beach. He was 76. ``For polka music, this is the same as if B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters all died on the same day,'' said Charles Keil, co-author of the book Polka Happiness. Jagiello's hits included Ooh-La-La, Johnny's Knockin, I Wish I Was Single Again and In Heaven There Is No Beer,' which includes the memorable line: ``That's why we drink it here.'' He also co-wrote in 1959 the Chicago White Sox's fight song Let's Go Go Go White Sox. After sporadic use, it began to be played by the team again last year. He and Frankie Yankovic (of the Slovenian or Cleveland style of polka) were the first inductees into the Polka Music Hall of Fame in Chicago. AP/ Jagiello family
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