PE0184. GUIDO DEIRO (Piano Accordion): Complete Recorded Works, Vol. III – Features 25 of Diero’s accordian favorites, incl. Rossini, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Mascagni, etc. (Canada) Archeophone 5018, recorded 1917-22. - 778632904446
“Count Guido Pietro Deiro (1886-1950) was, without doubt, the first star of the piano-accordion. Born in Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1908 and became a vaudeville headliner in 1910. For two decades he was the premier piano-accordionist in America and a trailblazer in the field. Deiro was the first piano-accordionist to perform a solo concert in America, play on the vaudeville stage, perform as a soloist in vaudeville, use the name ‘piano-accordion’, make sound recordings of the piano-accordion, write a hit song (his ‘Kismet’ was the theme song of a successful Broadway musical), play on a radio broadcast, and star in a sound motion picture featuring the accordion. Furthermore, Deiro was one of the highest paid musicians on the vaudeville circuit, commanding an incredible salary of $600 per week. And at the same time—though few people realize it today—he was married to the beautiful actress Mae West.
There has been much confusion about the origins and popularization of the piano-accordion, and Guido Deiro's works will begin to dispel the myths and demonstrate that Guido was the one to introduce the instrument to a wide audience in America. After coming to the U.S., Guido settled with family in the Pacific Northwest and gradually made his way, playing at the World's Fair in Seattle in 1909 and creating quite a stir.
Notes are provided by noted accordionist and free-reed scholar, Henry Doktorski, and Count Guido Roberto Deiro, the son of Guido Deiro. Count Deiro has also provided photos and illustrations from his own family's collection in helping us achieve a top-notch product of stunning visual beauty. Together, Doktorski and Deiro are telling Guido's story for the first time and restoring him to his rightful place in the history of the piano-accordion.”
-Zillah Dorset Akron