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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

MUSIC TO EAT PIZZA BY


featuring The Duluth Accordionaires


RCA VICTOR
812I-9323
1967


Jeno's PIZZA Presents

MUSIC TO EAT PIZZA BY

Welcome another new sound--the sound of, "would you believe," 23 accordions? No, not just the sound of 23 accordions--the sound of The Duluth Accordionaires. And there is a distinct difference.

When the Accordionaires marched into RCA Victor's Studio A in Chicago to record this LP, the RCA staff welcomed the group warmly, but their faces revealed a hint of skepticism at the sight of the 23 accordions.

But, during their first selection, that look changed to amazement and the first comment was "Hey, that's an orchestra!"

All through the recording session, the music of the Accordionaires filtered through the studio doors and drew passing RCA personnel into the engineer's booth where their appreciation of the sound was evident in tapping feet.

But, when the Accordionaires had completed the last take of the final selection, Recording Engineer Brian Christian paid them the highest compliment in suggesting that their sound could do for the accordion what the sound of the Tijuana Brass has done for the trumpet.

Yes, the Accordionaires are an orchestra. But--with the exception of sidemen Ralph Anderson (double bass)--the Accordionaires are 14-to-19-year-old music students of Director John Copiskey.

And, yes, the sound of The Duluth Accordionaires is new--but new only in the sense that until recently so few had been exposed to it.

John Copiskey began creating this sound with his first ensemble of accordion students in 1949. The following year the ensemble started competing in Minnesota, regional and national music contests. And, over the years, as the number of ensembles under his direction increased from one to seven, he continued to develop and refine the sound.

The ensembles have competed every year since 1950. And their sound has captured awards in every competition entered--the highest being the highest national honor awarded accordion ensembles, the American Accordion Association's First Place Trophy for Virtuoso Ensemble Competition.

After capturing this coveted award, The Duluth Accordionaires were invited to tour Italy with America's leading accordion artists and to appear on NBC-TV's "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.

And, now this--their first record.

The sound of The Duluth Accordionaires is as new as a sound can be to one first hearing it--and as rich as a sound can be that has been almost two decades in the making.

So, welcome now another new sound--the surprising sound of The Duluth Accordionaires.

Recorded June 23, 1967, at RCA Studios, Chicago - Recording Engineer: Brian Christian - Cover & Liner Supervision: Deane Williams - Producer: Gene Gruba

Lawrence Berg Photo


SIDE A:



GRANADA (Lara) BMI 2:56
L'IMMENSITA (Mariano-Backy-Mogol) BMI 3:08
MEMORIES (Kahn-Van Alstyne) RMC* 1:58
CLARINET POLKA P.D. 1:52
ITALIAN FESTIVAL (MEDLEY): SUMMERTIME IN VENICE(Cicognini-Sigman)/LOVE THEME FROM LA STRADA(Galdieri-Rota)/ANEMA E CORE(Manlio-d'Esposito) BMI 3:36
BRAZILIAN SLEIGH BELLS (Percy Faith) BMI 2:43

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SIDE B:



NEAPOLITAN MEMORIES (MEDLEY): FUNICULI-FUNICULA(Denza)/COME BACK TO SORRENTO(de Curtis)/O SOLE MIO(di Capua) P.D. 5:10
CUORE MATTO (Savio-Ambrosino) BMI 2:43
STARS & STRIPES FOREVER (Sousa) SESAC 3:28
MALAGUENA (Lecuona) BMI 3:47
NEVER ON SUNDAY (Hadjidakis) BMI 2:39

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Editor's note: the second track on each side is where it's at here. Otherwise you have an uptempo accordion orchestra here playing mostly favorites of these compilations album type records. But if you are drawn to the accordion then you'll be air-keyboarding across the parquet in your underwear for a good 45 minutes.

Also, since losing most of my files and having subsequently parted with a handful of records and unable to re-record the lost lost ones, I had to borrow this one from Vinyl From Hell. I guess it's more akin to stealing since I didn't actually ask but he's more than welcome to steal as many of my recordings as he damn well pleases in return.

These guys were popular enough to make it to the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in the late 1960s:



As you can see they clearly rock!

There also is an "I Was A Duluth Accordionaire" group on Facebook if you're interested in that sort of thing.

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4 comments:

kioku said...

My cousin played on the Music to Eat Pizza By record and I remember hearing it some 35+ years ago as a kid when we had it in our family record collection. It really brings back memories and I never imagined I would come across it again. I have passed on the link to other family members who might like to hear it. Thanks again!

R. O. said...

Kioku, that's awesome to hear. I love these kinds of albums and once in a while I get a visit from somebody who either played on one or knew somebody who did. If I'm not mistaken there are a few other albums by these guys. If I come across another one I'll be sure to post it as well. Thanks for the note!

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