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The Duluth Accordionaires — Music to Eat Pizza By (1967)

I just found a post on Vinyl From Hell where the entire album is available for online listening.

There’s also an “I was a Duluth Accordionaire” Facebook page, with excellent photos like these:

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18 Comment(s)

  1. I’ve listened to this on vinyl once before. Nothing but cheesy Italian pizzeria background music. (no pun intended) Still, pretty awesome!

    Codie | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  2. I have another Duluth Accordionaires album burried somewhere deep in the basement. I don’t remember what the album name is. There is a group shot on the back of the album with the 30 or so members lined up. I have no way to play vinyl, but the album cover was still worth the 25 cents I think I paid for it.

    Elden | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  3. I saw a vinyl copy of the Don Yoder classic “Because He Lives” in the used bin at the Fetus the other day. It’s under the Y section.

    Jim M | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  4. I have this album hanging on my office wall at work.

    NateL | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  5. As a fan of old-skul cheezy musak, I have to say that this is one *EPIC* find. NEED IT!

    Tomasz | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  6. I have a Duluth Accordianaires album somewhere, it’s covered in American flags and such. I have never listened to it though.

    rykwon | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  7. That is SOOO my dad in the top photo!!

    Amy S. | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  8. Amy, I suspect it isn’t an expression you’re using, and that really is your dad. That photo is dated May 1980, by the way.

    I want to see the Accordionaires’ 1967 appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

    Paul Lundgren | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  9. Nope, really is my dad, Paul Swanoski. We’re polka freaks.

    Amy S. | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  10. I was a Duluth Accordionaire! Technically a Swingaire, and then an Accordion Ambassador after Copiskey passed away. Best music teacher ever! Crazy to see old pics of Johnny. Does anyone have old pics of Johnny’s Music?

    Marios | Aug 12, 2010 | New Comment
  11. Wasn’t Lefty an Accordionaire?

    hbh1 | Aug 13, 2010 | New Comment
  12. I have this record and one of the guys who played on it (and is in the awesome band shot on the back) goes to the church I go to. Apparently this was one of Jeno Paulucci’s big ideas — pretty innovative, if you think about it — “gotta rope in these teenagers!”

    sparhawk | Aug 15, 2010 | New Comment
  13. Anyone know of any local polka bands (besides the Chmielewski Funtime Band)? I need a polka band.

    Adam | Aug 15, 2010 | New Comment
  14. A big thanks for sharing my website, Vinyl from Hell. For anyone interesting in more Duluth Accordionaire music, the Vinyl Cave in Superior has many of their other releases.

    Pat | Aug 23, 2010 | New Comment
  15. This record is in my living room right now!

    Bad Cat! | Feb 27, 2011 | New Comment
  16. Are you eating pizza?

    Paul Lundgren | Feb 28, 2011 | New Comment
  17. Sadly no. I’m not sure if it was legal for me to listen to the record without pizza, but I risked it. My partner’s mom was a Duluth Accordionaire back in the day, and asked me to rip the vinyl (which I don’t have to do now because I see that someone beat me to it).

    Bad Cat! | Feb 28, 2011 | New Comment
  18. What a great little find this. A total stroll down memory lane. My cousin Terry Kasie, RIP, played with them when I was a kid. Both my Mom and my Aunt have this album stashed away somewhere.
    I was completely surprised to find it on a wall in a little Pizza Bistro in suburban L.A a couple of years ago. In my own daft nostalgic way I think I’d like a copy of my own for old times sake.

    Frazgo Fraz | Dec 31, 2013 | New Comment

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