Dennis DeSapri – Accordion

In the 1950s, Cleveland, Ohio had more accordion players than bricklayers. The east side neighborhoods were thick with European heritage, and music was a big part of it. Radio & TV filled the air waves with songs that contained elements of this tradition. When Mrs. DeSapri saw her first son using a cheese grater to imitate the great Dick Contino, an accomplished and popular accordionist of the time, they realized music lessons would be in order. And so began the musical career of one Dennis Lino DeSapri.