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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, Pietro Deiro 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 Deiro began playing Diatonic button accordion professionally in a tavern in Seattle in 1908. Within a few months, his brother Guido Deiro (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 Deiro 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.

Pietro Deiro 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), Died 1954

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1937

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

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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 203 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-49690 10-in. 1/28/1929 Sourire d'avril (Valse) Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-49691 10-in. 1/28/1929 Prelude in C sharp minor Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-49692 10-in. 1/28/1929 The beautiful Galathea Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-53647 10-in. 5/21/1929 Ever or never (Waltz) Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-53648 10-in. 5/21/1929 Love's last word Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-58376 10-in. 1/13/1930 My song of the Nile Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-58377 10-in. 1/13/1930 Wedding of the painted doll Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-58378 10-in. 1/13/1930 Dengozo Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BVE-58379 10-in. 1/13/1930 Elvira Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BVE-59593 10-in. 4/16/1930 Selections from Romeo and Juliet Pietro Deiro ; Frank Gaviani Accordion duet arranger, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-59594 10-in. 4/16/1930 Trieste : Overture Pietro Deiro ; Frank Gaviani Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BVE-59595 10-in. 4/16/1930 Marcia Prior Accordion club Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BVE-59596 10-in. 4/16/1930 L'armonicista Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BVE-62329 10-in. 7/3/1930 La zingara Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BVE-62330 10-in. 7/3/1930 Vivacità Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BVE-63647 10-in. 9/12/1930 Italian souvenirs Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BVE-63648 10-in. 9/12/1930 Campana d'argento Pietro Accordion solo, with bells instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BRC-69626 10-in. 5/19/1931 Beautiful days Pietro Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BRC-69627 10-in. 5/19/1931 Pietro's return (March) Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BRC-69628 10-in. 5/19/1931 Accordionette Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BRC-69629 10-in. 5/19/1931 Danube wave Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BRC-69966 10-in. 6/19/1931 Accordionola Pietro Deiro ; Frank Gaviani Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BRC-69967 10-in. 6/19/1931 Over the waves Pietro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BRC-71848 10-in. 2/11/1932 Washington Post Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BRC-71849 10-in. 2/11/1932 Stars and stripes forever Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
(Results 126-150 of 203 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Deiro, Pietro," accessed April 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850.

Deiro, Pietro. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850.

"Deiro, Pietro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

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