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Published on May 23, 2008
#1 The Overture from I Capuleti e I Montecchi.(Bellini) Performed by: Count Guido Deiro (1886 - 1950) Italian born composer and Vaudeville headliner who introduced (1910), named and popularized the piano-accordion in America. The first to play the instrument onstage, on the radio, in film (Vitaphone) and sound recordings (Edison). Known as the virtuoso of the accordion he was the first accordionist to play the "Palace" and composed the theme music for the Broadway hit "Kismet". Deiro discovered, professionally developed and married the teenaged Mae West. They performed on the same bill for nearly four years.(1913-1916). This 1929 Vitaphone is the first sound on film of the piano-accordion and is Part 1 of two selections. See www.guidodeiro.org for illustrated pages on the making of this Vitaphone.