Vaudeville Accordion Classics

Count Guido Deiro (1886-1950), Italian-American composer and accordion virtuoso, was a major force in the popularization of the accordion in the early 20th century. A vaudeville star by 1910, he was the first piano accordionist to make sound recordings and solo radio broadcasts. For many years Deiro was a headline attraction at the great vaudeville houses throughout America and abroad, and made more than 100 recordings for the Columbia record company.

Concert accordionist Henry Doktorski has recorded all of Deiro’s music—47 new recordings including waltzes, rags, marches, polkas, and Deiro favorites: My Florence Waltz, Egypto Fantasia, Sharpshooter’s March, and the Broadway hit, Kismet. Doktorski’s dashing and sparkling performances of Deiro’s music quickly confirm the reason for Deiro’s immense popularity.

In 1913, Deiro met Mae West, the young vaudeville performer and burgeoning sex symbol. A passionate romance ensued and the couple married secretly. Henry Doktorski’s liner notes candidly detail their relationship, and photographs and newspaper clippings from Deiro’s own scrapbooks are included in this two-CD set, consisting of 2 hours and 25 minutes of music.

Guido Deiro’s delightful compositions are a window onto an era long past—an artist delighting audiences with soaring melodies, instrumental virtuosity, and abundant high spirits. This anthology will be exuberantly received not only by accordion aficionados, but also by audiophiles in mainstream music circles, much like the rediscovery of Scott Joplin’s music, twenty-five years ago.


Total time: 2 hrs. 25 min. 32 sec.

CD one: 73:23

    1 Temperamental Rag

    2 Pink Slippers Valse

    3 Preparedness March

    4 Il Pentimento Waltz

    5 Royal Flying Corps March

    6 Kismet Fox Trot

    7 Orazione E Marcia Militare

    8 Western Stars March

    9 Moonlight Waltz

    10 Hand Grenade Throwers March

    11 Deiro Rag

    12 Muskateers March

    13 Deirina Mazurka

    14 I Don’t Care Polka

    15 Lido Tango

    16 Queen of the Air March

    17 Valse Caprice No. 1

    18 Neapolitan Polka

    19 My Florence Waltz

    20 Egypto Fantasia

CD two: 72:09

    1 Zampa Rag

    2 Lola Fox Trot

    3 Breitenbush March

    4 Tango Tosino

    5 Guido’s Royal March

    6 Light & Shadow Waltz

    7 Variety Polka

    8 Valse Pirouette

    9 Marines March

    10 Dolores Waltz (by Waldteufel)

    11 Los Bomberos March

(Tracks 12-27 are from Guido Deiro’s Royal Method for Piano Accordion)

    12 Accordionette Waltz

    13 Young Accordionist March

    14 Little Accordion Player Waltz

    15 Torpedo March

    16 Beautiful Girl Waltz

    17 The Peasant Quadrille

    18 Radio Waltz

    19 Dimples Polka

    20 The Accordion Girl Waltz

    21 Sharpshooter’s March

    22 Veno (Duet) Fox Trot

    23 Jewel Waltz (Duet)

    24 King Boy (Duet) Fox Trot

    25 Minneapolis March (Duet)

    26 California Mazurka (Duet)

    27 Sharpshooter’s March (Reprise) recorded on Guido Deiros own 1924 Guerrini accordion.

Released November 2003.

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