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Dick Contino

Dick Contino – Mr. Entertainer

Guest Artist

Dick is very excited to appear this year. In June Dick had a successful hip replacement and is doing better than ever! So expect to see Dick take the stage with a renewed vigor and perform his magic with a full Las Vegas style show. Dick will also appear in a Q/A session at Wednesday lunch! Dick is originally from Fresno, California, where he played fullback on the Fresno High football team until his father found out and made him stop. His dad approved of his accordion playing though, and soon Dick parlayed that skill and his good looks into becoming class president. But his primary goal was to gain popularity and recognition as an accordion soloist.

At age 20, Dick appeared on the Horrace Heidt Show. It happened on the otherwise calm night of December 7, 1946. Dick’s rendition of "Lady of Spain," complete with bellows shake and lots of preElvis body language, allowed him to smoke the competition week after week and to ultimately win Heidt’s Finals two years later. Overnight, a squealing brigade of bobby-soxers realized that the accordion was cool and that Dick Contino was even more cool. Soon Dick Contino had over 500 fan clubs nationwide.

During his career, he has played virtually every major stage and TV show. His accomplishments include twelve albums on major record labels, and sales of over 6 million records. Dick, the master showman, says of his passion, "I treat my audience like a living love relationship; I feed it and it feeds me."

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The 20th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 14 - October 17, 2019


Key Benefits of Attending the Convention

  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
  • See the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits.
  • Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive.
  • Be inspired by some of the finest.
  • Learn from the masters.

• USA: 1-800-472-1695 •

• Outside USA +01 801-486-1695 •