Friday, June 03, 2005

It's Not Just for Weird Al and Bar Mitzvah's Anymore!

June is National Accordion Awareness Month (NAAM).

National Accordion Awareness Month was established in 1989 to promote the accordion, help spread the word about the resurgence in popularity in the accordion and to educate people about the accordion. WOW! It's been 17 years!

Did you know...

The piano accordion is the official musical instrument of the city of San Francisco and has been since 1990. This year is the 15th anniversary!

Actress Lucy Liu plays the accordion. It was the deciding factor for casting her on "Ally McBeal."

Guitarist Nils Lofgren started on the accordion. But still couldn't convince Neil Young to let him play it on "Southern Man."

Billy Joel and Barry Manilow also play the accordion. Billy uses his childhood accordian as a back-up airbag when he's out driving during a bender. Barry pulls his out at parties when people ask him to sing, "Mandy."

The accordion is a member of the reed family, not the keyboard family. Much better than being a member of the manson family or the osmond family.

China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of accordions in the world. Take THAT Lebanon, Kentucky!


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