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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 201-203 of 203 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62267 10-in. 6/15/1937 Tango of the roses Who'll .. Pietro and his Accordion instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62268 10-in. 6/15/1937 Funiculi, funicula ; Viva la giga Pietro and his Accordion instrumentalist, accordion  
Decca 62269 10-in. 6/15/1937 Over the waves Pietro and his Accordion instrumentalist, accordion  
(Results 201-203 of 203 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Deiro, Pietro," accessed April 22, 2024,

Deiro, Pietro. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from

"Deiro, Pietro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

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