Wednesday, June 20, 2007

78s fRom HeLL: Joe Biviano - N.B.C. Polka

Looks like this bouncy little record was released around 1949.

In searching around the web for further information on accordionist Joe Biviano, what comes across most is that he was greatly revered as an instructor.

From one of his former students, at a Joe Biviano Tribute Forum;

"It is my understanding that Joe Biviano began his long impressive career on the Staten Island Ferry and in vaudeville.
Mr. Bivano was then heard on broadcasts on the radio station WEAF.
During the time that I studied with Joe Biviano, I believe that he was staff musician for NBC as well as other popular stations. He was President of the American Accordionists' Association from 1942-1945, 1948-1949, 1967-1968.
He appeared on several TV shows, in films, broadway productions, on radio, recordings, and published several accordion books.

"Joe Biviano founded the Accordion and Music Studio in New York City in 1936. I do not know the exact date that the school was closed. However, I believe that it was in the 1970's.

"I am very honored to have known and studied with Joe Biviano at The Biviano Accordion Center and School of Music on West 48th Street, New York City."

Furthermore, 'accordioning' to Mr. Smarty Pants' Accordion Page, "On April 18, 1939, Joe Biviano, Abe Goldman, and Gene von Halberg became the first people in history to play the accordion in Carnegie Hall, performing Bach's 'Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor'."

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that there's a big trove of information available out there about the history of the NBC chimes. Start with this link to the Wikipedia entry, and if so inclined, follow the links at the bottom of the page to further sites with photos, videos, etc.

Listen to: Joe Biviano with RCA Victor Accordion Orchestra - N.B.C. Polka (click for audio)

1 comment:

mweil said...

Just a general comment, not specific to this post, that I really admire the work you're doing here--the show & tell concept is one I think works extremely well for a blog, and you are doing wonders with the formula.

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