Dick Contino

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kev
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Dick Contino

Post by kev » Wed May 03, 2017 7:44 am

Probably a new name to many but accordion player Dick Contino was once a massive star and heart throb, not something you'd normally associate with the accordion!! I first listened to him after reading a short story by crime writer James Ellroy about Contino in the 1950s. Not particularly country but does touch on western swing in places.

Here's an article from NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/arts ... share&_r=1


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Re: Dick Contino

Post by Smudger » Wed May 03, 2017 6:41 pm

I love this bit:
With muscled arms built up with barbells and Charles Atlas’s dynamic tension exercises, Mr. Contino played the accordion like a rock star. His fingers flew over the keys. Elvis-like, he wiggled, shook and swaggered.

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