America’s Mr Accordion has died, at 87main
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.