Famous Accordionists in Music History

Events in Music

  • 1854-06-13 Anthony Faas patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (11,062)
  • 1856-08-12 Anthony Fass patents accordion

Birthdays in Music

  • 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, cajun accordionist
  • 1904-01-18 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 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)
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1927-08-24 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1929-01-15 Queen Ida, Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1939-03-11 Leonardo "Flaco" JimĂ©nez, American Tex-Mex accordionist, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944-04-08 Santiago Jimenez Jr, US accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin)
  • 1947-03-16 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist
  • 1947-11-14 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stantley Dural Jr], US accordionist (On Track), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1954-10-10 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester

Deaths in Music

  • 1970-12-29 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • 1982-12-09 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • 1992-05-17 Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1995-11-22 Ambrose Sam, creole accordionist, dies at 76
  • 1995-11-25 Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist, dies at 92
  • 2005-07-23 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrenece Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2006-06-03 Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley's Comets (b. 1932)
  • 2006-07-30 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (b. 1904)
  • 2010-02-15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
  • 2016-09-24 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stantley Dural Jr] US accordionist (On Track), dies at 68