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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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 176-200 of 203 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 21664 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 The return Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion, composer  
Columbia 21665 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Soy celosa : Vals Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21666 10-in. either 1912 or 1913 Orgullo de rosas : Fantasia Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21671 10-in. approximately 1912 La sirena Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21684 10-in. 1912 Wedding of the winds Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21711 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Derina Guido Deiro Accordion solo composer  
Columbia 21725 10-in. 12/31/1915 Fair summer day Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21726 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 The firefly waltz Pietro Deiro instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21728 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Moon waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21730 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 I pagliacci : Selection Pietro Deiro instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21732 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Danube waves Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21733 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Blaze away : March Pietro Deiro instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21734 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Faust : Waltz Pietro Deiro Accordion solo instrumentalist, accordion  
Columbia 21735 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Tranquilla : Waltz Pietro Deiro instrumentalist, accordion  
OKeh W403708 10-in. Jan. 1930 Ti rammentai Cesare Pezzolo Accordion solo composer  
Brunswick E15993-E15995 10-in. 6/17/1925 Verona Mario Perry Accordion solo composer  
Brunswick E26454-E26455 10-in. 2/9/1928 Verona valzer Charles Magnante Accordion solo composer  
Edison 10567 10-in. 9/10/1925 Tranquillo overture Anthony Monde Accordion solo composer  
Decca 62156 10-in. 4/28/1937 Ciribiribin ; O sole mio Pietro and his Accordion instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62157 10-in. 4/28/1937 La Spagnola ; Cielito lindo Pietro and his Accordion instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62158 10-in. 4/28/1937 Sharpshooter's march Pietro instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62159 10-in. 4/28/1937 Pietro's return march Pietro instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62160 10-in. 4/28/1937 Dora mazurka Pietro instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62161 10-in. 4/28/1937 Elvira waltz Pietro instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62266 10-in. 6/15/1937 Giovinezza ; Facietta negra Pietro and his Accordion instrumentalist, accordion  
(Results 176-200 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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