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Dick Contino - Master Accordionist Dick Contino, THE legendary virtuoso of the accordion, got his start with Horace Heidt, back in December, 1946, when he appeared on the first Horace Heidt-Phillip Morris radio broadcast. By 1948, he launched a solo career and never looked back. I can't say the accordion is one of my favorite instruments, but in the capable hands of Mr. Contino, it's easy to see why he was (and continues to be) a sensation and the reason so many kids in the 1950's felt inspired to play that instrument. This cut - Lady of Spain - may be his most famous (or is that infamous-?) as this song was often used as the brunt of jokes when discussing the accordion. Perhaps, but one listen and you can understand why Dick caused such a sensation. He certainly did for one member of this audience who was apparently overcome by sheer accordion shock and bliss. At around 1:20, there's a decided shriek of delight-? heard above the applause. It just doesn't get any better...
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Added: 12th April 2010
Views: 1667
Posted By: nanook
Posted by: Electricland on 2010-04-12 
Bravo! Can I have another?
Posted by: Classico on 2010-04-12 
Bravo, indeed! I had completely forgotten abut this great entertainer who was especially popular among the ladies for his exceptional good looks.
Posted by: Nanook on 2010-04-12 
You can check out his web page http://www.dickcontino.com/ and see that he still performs (and sings - I forgot about that). I see he has a few CD's for sale, but I only own a couple of LP's, which I'll peruse further to look for other musical gems to post.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2010-04-13 
I remember so many kids taking accordion at school, I always wondered because you never saw them play that in the band. Today no kid seems to take lessons.
Posted by: NedBraden on 2010-04-16 
In the movie Slap Shot, this is the song Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) forbids the rink organist from ever playing again. (I was surprised to see that somebody posted that factoid on the Wikipedia page for Lady of Spain)
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