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22-Oct-2010

Charles Nunzio (1912-2010), New Jersey - USA

Charles NunzioCharles Nunzio, the last of the famous accordionists from a great era of the accordion, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 20th. There will be a visitation and a memorial service in Basking Ridge on October 29th and 30th (tentative). Arrangements are through Gallaway and Crane, Basking Ridge, NJ (908-766-0250).

Details will be available in a few days once they are firm.

Charles Nunzio Jr. is preparing an obituary for The Star Ledger and would like to ask for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the AAA or the Alzheimer's Association in his Dad’s name.

Charles Nunzio had a long and stellar history with the accordion. Born in Cattafi, Sicily, in 1912, he was eight years old when he came to the USA. A student and friend of Pietro Frosini, Charles would often fill in for him during his many radio broadcasts. He also was a regular substitute for Joe Biviano and Charles Magnante.

Charles Nunzio was the only surviving founding member of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA), and a past President of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG).

Charles was active as a teacher, performer, composer and businessman throughout his distinguished career and was the teacher of Donald Hulme, the winner of the 1961 Coupe Mondiale in Pallanza, Italy.

A prolific composer and arranger, Charles Nunzio’s output includes ‘Accordion Rhapsody’, ‘American Eagle March’, ‘American Victory March’, ‘Boogie Moderne’, ‘Carnival of Venice (Variations)’, ‘Hungaria Mazurka’, ‘Valse Elena’, ‘World's Fair March’, and many more.

Charles Nunzio was well-loved and will be missed.
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