Kames is best known for introducing the song “The Chicken Dance” (formerly “Dance Little Bird”) to the United States in 1982. The song was first recorded in Milwaukee by Kames and his son and daughter (“Dad and the Kids”), and by the end of 1982, more than a million copies were sold worldwide. Additionally, he performed other songs, including “Mr. Sandman” and “The Clap Clap Song.” Kames, a member of the Polka duo Happy Organ, has recorded more than 72 albums during his music career. A foundation bearing his name was formed in 2005 with a mission of encouraging youth, especially high school music groups, and parents to get their children involved in music at an early age.
Krueger was a gifted guitarist and native of Manitowoc, whose posthumous induction came in recognition of his guitar skills and being an occasional co-songwriter with Dave Mason from the mid-70s throughout the early 80s. Krueger wrote Mason's biggest hit "We Just Disagree." He released a solo album in 1978 called “Sweet Salvation,” and in the early 1990s, he was a key member ("Otto") of the Manitowoc-based novelty/bar band the Happy Schnapps Combo.