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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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 151-175 of 203 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BSHQ-73022 10-in. 6/20/1932 El choclo Pietro Deiro Accordion trio, with maracas instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BSHQ-73023 10-in. 6/20/1932 Light cavalry overture Pietro Deiro Accordion trio instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BSHQ-73024 10-in. 6/20/1932 Sharpshooters march Pietro Deiro Accordion trio instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BS-76548 10-in. 6/29/1933 Maggie El Vera Collins ; Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion trio instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BS-76549 10-in. 6/29/1933 Accordion fever El Vera Collins ; Frank Gaviani ; Pietro Accordion trio instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Victor BS-76550 10-in. 6/29/1933 Tesoro mio Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BS-76551 10-in. 6/29/1933 La capricciosa Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BS-77522 10-in. 8/23/1933 Vieni sul mar Alfredo Cibelli Accordion trio instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BS-77523 10-in. 8/23/1933 Blue Danube Pietro Deiro Accordion trio instrumentalist, accordion, arranger  
Victor BS-77524 10-in. 8/23/1933 Heart echo Pietro Deiro Accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BS-82419 10-in. 4/17/1934 Parade of the accordionists Pietro and his Accordion Band Accordion band composer, leader, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BS-82420 10-in. 4/17/1934 Remembering March Pietro and his Accordion Band Accordion band arranger, leader, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor MS-84432 16-in. 10/3/1934 La cumparsita Pietro Instrumental trio leader, arranger, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor MS-84433 16-in. 10/3/1934 Parlami d'amore Mariu Pietro Instrumental trio arranger, instrumentalist, accordion, leader  
Victor BS-95199 10-in. 10/11/1935 Dixie waltz List Deiro ; Pietro Deiro Accordion duet composer, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor BS-95500 10-in. 10/11/1935 Abundance waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo composer, instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor [Trial 1913-09-11-01] Not documented 9/11/1913 Mammy Jinny medley Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Victor [Trial 1913-09-11-02] Not documented 9/11/1913 Bei giorni Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 38578 10-in. 1/21/1913 Row, row, row Pietro Deiro Piano accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 38652 10-in. 2/25/1913 When the midnight choo choo leaves for Alabam' Pietro Deiro Piano accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 38944 10-in. 7/15/1913 Mammy Jinny's jubilee Guido Deiro ; Pietro Deiro Piano accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 38945 10-in. 7/15/1913 I love her, oh, oh, oh! Guido Deiro ; Pietro Deiro Piano accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 38946 10-in. 7/15/1913 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Guido Deiro ; Pietro Deiro Piano accordion duet instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21658 10-in. approximately July 1912 Repentance Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21660 10-in. approximately July 1912 Tripoli Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
(Results 151-175 of 203 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Deiro, Pietro," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850.

Deiro, Pietro. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111850.

"Deiro, Pietro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

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

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