Dick Contino
American musician, actor
Dick Contino
Dick Contino is an American accordionist and singer. Contino studied accordion primarily with San Francisco-based Angelo Cognazzo, and occasionally with Los Angeles-based Guido Deiro. Early on he exhibited great virtuosity on the instrument. Although he graduated from Fresno High School in 1947 and enrolled at Fresno State College, he was unable to concentrate on his studies.
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entertainment briefs 9/26 - Bismarck Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Accordionist Dick Contino will perform in concert on Sept. 11 at the Mandan High School auditorium. Contino has performed at the Hollywood Bowl and made 48 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Tickets at the door are $10. Advance tickets are $8 and are
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'1950s Radio in Color' recalls Cleveland deejay Tommy Edward's rockin' role ... - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
You'll find Eddie Cochran next to Laura Lee Perkins, Johnny Cash following the Emeralds, a young and depressed-looking Roy Orbison next to Gene Vincent and then Dick Contino, "The Valentino of the Accordion."
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entertainment briefs 8/5 - Bismarck Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Accordionist Dick Contino will perform in concert at 2:30 pm Sept. 11 at the Mandan High School auditorium. Contino has produced 12 albums and played at the Hollywood Bowl, on the Ed Sullivan show, in films and television and entertained troops in
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Play makes the picks: Best of the best - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Contino and Corky Bennett are among the star accordion players gathering in Macomb County starting Wednesday for the Great American Squeeze Off. The two-day festival of accordion enthusiasts will include concerts, workshops and lots of
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Festa Italiana celebrates the Veneto - OnMilwaukee.com
Google News - over 5 years
Returning favorite include Dick Contino, The Bronx Wanders, Tony Spavone, Frank Tenaglia, Christopher Macchio, Franco Corso, John Ciotta and the Russo Brothers. Some newcomers include late-era Journey frontman Steve Augeri, Fran Cosmo (formerly of
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Guest column: Decay comes from within - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Google News - almost 6 years
I play Lenny Dee on the organ and Dick Contino on his accordion, blasting out the “Beer Barrel Polka.” I am infuriated when a car hangs near my rear bumper when I am driving the speed limit. I know that there may be instances of emergencies
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CALENDAR; Events in Westchester
NYTimes - about 8 years
Comedy KINGSTON Ulster Performing Arts Center Howie Mandel. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. $50 to $70. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway. (845) 473-2072; upac.org. Film OSSINING Maryknoll Society Center ''Smoke,'' directed by Wayne Wang. Part of the Maryknoll International Film Festival. Brief discussion after the screening. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Free.
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CALENDAR; Events in Westchester
NYTimes - about 8 years
Comedy KINGSTON Ulster Performing Arts Center Howie Mandel. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. $50 to $70. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway. (845) 473-2072; upac.org. SCARSDALE J. C. C. of Mid-Westchester ''Laugh 'Til You 'Plotz' (Drop),'' comedy. Wednesday at 1 p.m. $21 and $23. J. C. C. of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Road. (914) 472-3300;
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ESSAY; Wish List: No More Books!
NYTimes - about 11 years
A few months ago, a friend whose iconoclastic, unpredictable behavior I usually hold in high esteem handed me a book entitled ''A Navajo Legacy: The Life and Teachings of John Holiday.'' Apparently, he expected me to read it, despite the fact that I am not really a Navajo medicine man autobiography kind of guy. Flummoxed but gracious, I took the
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Against the Odds, Musician Fights for Respect for the Accordion
NYTimes - over 15 years
THOUGH many people laugh at the lowly accordion, the instrument puts a different kind of smile on Mario Tacca's face. He can make it sound like a gift from heaven. And though he understands the prejudice toward his artistic outlet, he has found bliss trying to counter the stereotype. ''It doesn't bother me,'' he said of the jokes and the derisive
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Books in Brief: Nonfiction
NYTimes - almost 18 years
Crime Wave Reportage and Fiction From the Underside of L.A. By James Ellroy. Vintage, paper, $12. Sometime between 2:30 A.M. and 10:10 A.M. on June 22, 1958, Geneva Hilliker Ellroy, 43 years old, was murdered in El Monte, Calif., her body dumped in a clump of bushes adjacent to a high school athletic field. The murderer was never discovered. Her
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CONNECTICUT GUIDE
NYTimes - over 19 years
TALL SHIPS Soundwaters educational programs aimed at preserving the ecological and environmental integrity of Long Island Sound will benefit from the Sail for the Sound Celebration next weekend. Highlight of the event will be a number of tall ships docked at Brewer's Yacht Haven Marina in Stamford, boardable by the public on Saturday and Sunday for
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CRIME
NYTimes - almost 23 years
To reach the chamber mentioned in the title of Peter Dickinson's dazzling intellectual shell game, THE YELLOW ROOM CONSPIRACY (Mysterious Press/Warner, $18.95), one must cross the Central Hall, turn right down a corridor past the Drawing Room and the East Room, turn left at the Billiard Room into the East Corridor, continue past the Gun Room to the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Contino
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 61
    Contino's acting became known to a new generation in 1991, when "Daddy-O," a low-budget 1958 movie in which he played the starring role as a faddishly-dressed beat rebel and singer, became the centerpiece of an episode of the third season of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000."
    More Details Hide Details Contino continues to perform regularly throughout the United States. His repertoire is eclectic, ranging from Italian songs such as "Come Back to Sorrento" and "Arrivederci Roma" to standards like "Lady of Spain" and "Swinging on a Star." He possesses a virtuosic technique (often incorporating extremely rapid fingering, glissandos, and bellows shakes) and is also a skilled jazz improvisor. James Ellroy wrote a novella, Dick Contino's Blues, which is a mini-memoir and crime story based on Contino's experiences as a struggling artist after the war. It is included in the 1994 Ellroy short story collection Hollywood Nocturnes. A version appeared in issue number 46 of Granta magazine (Winter 1994) along with several photographs of Contino and the author. Ellroy also penned a short story entitled Hollywood Shakedown which appeared in his collected work "Crime Wave" and featured Contino as the central character. The story is entirely fictitious as it features numerous incidents of violence and murder which Contino had never been linked with or accused of in reality.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 19
    Contino had a hit single with Lady of Spain in early 1949.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at #47 on the US pop charts. Eddie Fisher had much better success with the song 1952. Contino toured with the Horace Heidt Orchestra and was billed as the "world's greatest accordion player." He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show a record 48 times. However, his success was interrupted when Contino was drafted during the Korean War. Contino, at the time earning a reported $4,000 per week, ran away from pre-induction barracks at Fort Ord, and was jailed for a few months for draft dodging before serving in the United States armed forces. The resultant scandal dealt Contino's career a serious blow, but he continued performing, including acting in a few movies in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • 1948
    Age 18
    He won first place in the final round on December 12, 1948 in Washington, D.C.
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  • 1947
    Age 17
    Contino got his big break on December 7, 1947 when he played Lady of Spain (his signature piece) and won first place in the Horace Heidt/Philip Morris talent contest in Fresno which was broadcast on national radio.
    More Details Hide Details Contino also won first place in subsequent competitions in Los Angeles, Omaha, Des Moines, Youngstown, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and New York City.
    Contino studied accordion primarily with San Francisco-based Angelo Cognazzo, and occasionally with Los Angeles-based Guido Deiro. Early on he exhibited great virtuosity on the instrument. Although he graduated from Fresno High School in 1947 and enrolled at Fresno State College, he was unable to concentrate on his studies.
    More Details Hide Details Contino explained, "I enjoyed college, but while attending classes I kept thinking that if I was going to be a success, it would be my music that would take me there."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 0
    Born in 1930.
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