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Pietro Deiro

Pietro Deiro (1888 – 1954) was one of the most influential accordionists of the first half of the 20th century.

Born on August 28, 1888 in Salto Canavese, Italy, the younger brother of Guido Deiro, he emigrated to the United States as a steerage passenger on the S/S La Savoie in 1907 and went to live with his Uncle Frederico and work in the coal mines of Cle Elum, Washington.

Pietro began playing Diatonic button accordion professionally in a tavern in Seattle in 1908. Within a few short months, his brother Guido (already an accomplished piano-accordionist in Europe) arrived in Seattle, and taught his brother how to play the piano accordion. Both brothers became minor celebrities on the vaudeville circuit; Guido in 1910 and Pietro at least by 1912.

Pietro recorded dozens of records for the Victor Talking Machine Company. After the demise of vaudeville during the Great Depression, he opened a successful accordion studio in Greenwich Village, New York City and established an accordion music publishing company: Accordion Music Publishing Company (AMPCO), later simply known as Pietro Deiro Publications.

He was the first president of the American Accordionists Association (1938) and promoted himself as "The Daddy of the Accordion," much to his brother Guido's chagrin. Pietro died in 1954.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1888 (Cuorgnè)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: accordion, composer, arranger, leader

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 189 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-10259 10-in. 5/4/1911 My treasure waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-10260 10-in. 5/4/1911 Bersaglieri march Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-10261 10-in. 5/4/1911 Preludio Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-10262 10-in. 5/4/1911 Quartetto Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-10263 10-in. 5/4/1911 Kiss me Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14005 10-in. 10/29/1913 International rag Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14006 10-in. 10/29/1913 Sharpshooters march Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14007 10-in. 10/29/1913 Musetta's waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor C-14019 12-in. 9/11/1913 Bridal rose overture Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14020 10-in. 9/11/1913 Pietro's return Pietro Deiro Accordion solo composer, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14021 10-in. 11/1/1913 When it's apple blossom time in Normandy Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor C-14022 12-in. 11/1/1913 Stradella overture Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14023 10-in. 11/1/1913 Great White Way medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14024 10-in. 11/1/1913 Luna waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14025 10-in. 11/1/1913 Broadway medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14074 10-in. 11/15/1913 Sailing down Chesapeake Bay medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor C-14081 12-in. 11/15/1913 Rigoletto quartet Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor C-14082 12-in. 11/15/1913 Light cavalry overture Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14083 10-in. 11/15/1913 Blaze away march Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14102 10-in. 11/21/1913 How long have you been married? Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor C-14103 12-in. 11/21/1913 Poet and peasant overture Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14104 10-in. 11/21/1913 Beautiful days waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14637 10-in. 3/27/1914 Down in Chattanooga medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14638 10-in. 3/27/1914 My Arverne rose Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor B-14639 10-in. 3/27/1914 He's have to get under, get out and get under medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo, with drums instrumentalist, accordion  
(Results 1-25 of 189 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Deiro, Pietro," accessed September 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850.

Deiro, Pietro. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850.

"Deiro, Pietro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850

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