Famous Accordionists in Music History

Events in Music

  • 1854-06-13 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (Patent No. 11,062)
  • 1856-08-12 Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, is granted a second patent for improvements to the accordion (Patent No. 15511A)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1890-12-30 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, born in Ironton, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1903-03-11 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Strasburg, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • 1903-10-18 Ambrose Thibodeaux, American Cajun accordionist, also known as Ambrose Sam (d. 1995)
  • 1904-01-18 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1911-03-14 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1912-10-01 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the "King of Accordions" (Body & Soul), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1914-02-18 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), born in Abrams, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • 1915-02-10 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), born n Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1915-05-15 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 1919-11-05 Myron Floren, American accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Roslyn, Day County, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • 1920-01-03 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1922-01-18 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Arnold, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1927-08-24 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1929-01-15 "Queen" Ida [Lewis], Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1930-01-14 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1931-01-02 Frank Marocco, American jazz and classical accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1932-06-05 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1938-04-09 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), born in Lebeau, Louisiana (d. 1998)
  • 1939-02-23 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, born in Elsa, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1939-03-11 Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, American Tex-Mex accordionist, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1941-10-16 Erkki Jokinen, Finnish classical composer, noted for his embrace of the accordion, born in Tervakoski, Finland
  • 1942-09-13 Vladislav Zolotaryov, Soviet Russian bayanist (button accordion player), and composer (Six Children's Suites), born in De-kastri, Khabarovsk Krai, USSR (d. 1975)
  • 1944-04-08 Santiago Jiménez Jr, American folk and Tejano accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin), born in Texas
  • 1945-02-28 Ronnie Rosman, American rock organist, and accordion player (Tommy James & The Shondells - "I Think We're Alone Now"; "Crystal Blue Persuasion"), born in Greensburg, PA
  • 1947-01-06 Jacques Bolognesi, French jazz trombonist and accordion player (Hermetotico), born in Gap, France
  • 1947-02-26 Guy Klucevsek, American jazz and free-improv accordionist and composer, born in New York City
  • 1947-03-16 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist and folk musician, born in Taraz, Kazakhstan
  • 1947-04-29 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1947-11-14 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stanley Dural, Jr.], American B-3 organist, accordionist and singer (Where There's Smoke, There's Fire), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1950-01-23 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rock organisst, accordion and glockenspieler (E Street Band), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • 1950-04-24 Rob Hyman, American rock singer-songwriter, keyboardist, melodica and accordion player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • 1950-09-08 Zachary Richard, American Cajun and zydeco singer-songwriter, guitarist, and accordion player, born in Scott, Louisiana
  • 1950-12-12 Richard Galliano, French jazz, tango, and classical accordionist, born in Cannes, France
  • 1951-04-09 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (d. 1990)
  • 1954-10-06 David Hidalgo, American Tex-Mex and roots singer-songwriter, guitarist and accordion player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"; Latin Playboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-10-10 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester
  • 1957-02-17 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian world and Celtic harpist, accordion, and piano player, singer, and composer ("The Mummer's Dance"), born in Morden, Manitoba
  • 1957-08-29 Pim Kops, Dutch rock piano, organ and accordion player (De Dijk - Bloedend Hart; Avalanche Quartet), born in The Netherlands
  • 1960-01-26 Charlie Gillingham, American rock Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, piano, and keyboard player (Counting Crows - "Accidentally In Love"), born in Torrance, California
  • 1963-06-09 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli-British jazz saxophonist, accordion player, bandleader, and author (The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1965-05-16 Krist Novoselic, American rock bassist, and accordion player (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; Giants In The Trees), born in Compton, California
  • 1966-03-15 Klaus Paier, Austrian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Sankt Andrä, Austria
  • 1966-07-14 Ellen Reid, Canadian keyboard and accordion player (Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), born in Selkirk, Manitoba
  • 1972-01-17 Stéphane Escoms, French jazz keyboard and accordion player, born in France
  • 1973-05-29 Massimo Tagliata, Italian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Syracuse, Sicily
  • 1973-06-07 Nihad Hrustanbegović, Bosnian-Dutch concert and jazz accordionist, and composer, born in Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1977-02-17 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978-01-04 Patrick Farrell, American jazz and klezmer accordionist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1980-04-24 Vincent Peirani, French jazz accordionist, vocalist and composer, born in Nice, France
  • 1985-12-27 Bjarke Mogensen, Danish classical accordionist (Martin Lohse - In Liquid), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 2011-present), born in Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark
  • 1988-05-18 Ksenija Sidorova, Latvian classical accordionist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1990-06-15 Kaspar Uljas, Estonian jazz accordion and bandoneon player, born in Estonia

Deaths in Music

  • 1951-10-23 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1970-12-29 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • 1975-05-12 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • 1975-05-13 Vladislav Zolotaryov, Soviet Russian bayanist (button accordion player), and composer (Six Children's Suites), takes his own life at 53
  • 1982-12-09 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • 1990-10-01 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), dies at 49
  • 1992-01-08 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the King of Accordions (Body & Soul), dies at 79
  • 1992-05-17 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1992-11-14 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1995-11-22 Ambrose Sam, creole accordionist, dies at 76
  • 1996-10-11 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), dies at 74
  • 1998-02-25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 1999-04-04 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), dies at 84
  • 2000-03-07 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2001-05-20 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, dies at 81
  • 2004-11-06 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2005-07-23 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2006-06-03 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2006-07-30 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, dies at 102
  • 2010-02-15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
  • 2010-08-13 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 2012-03-03 Frank Marocco, American jazz and classical accordionist, arranger and composer, dies at 81
  • 2015-04-06 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), dies at 96
  • 2016-09-24 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stanley Dural, Jr.], American B-3 organist, accordionist and singer (Where There's Smoke, There's Fire), dies of lung cancer at 68

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