America’s Mr Accordion has died, at 87
April 21, 2017 by norman lebrecht
Dick Contino held the alltime record of appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show – 48 times.
He was jailed for draft dodging, served in in the Korea War and eventually received a presidential pardon, events that are reacts in a James Ellroy novella, Dick Contino’s Blues.
Contino’s signature song was ‘Lady of Spain’.
He made his debut in December 1947 and died on April 19, 2017, after almost 70 years on stage.
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