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and Recording Artist
7 December 1905 to 30 December 1986
Charles Magnante was born in New York City on 106th Street
in an area known as Harlem. From very humble roots his unique career
placed him on the pinnacle of accordion history. No one has ever equaled
his success as the ultimate world accordion artist.
long and fantastic career, Magnante has consistently been considered by
many to be the most finished accordionist of all time. He was famous for
many years as a top radio, television star and recording artist. He was
associated with some of the worlds finest conductors and orchestra leaders
performing either as a soloist or a member of the orchestra.
could be said that Magnante's musical career began at the age of five when
he sand along with his Dad, a popular amateur accordionist, who used to
play for many Italian weddings. At the age of seven, he was stealing his
father's prized accordion from the closet and teaching himself to play by
ear. At sixteen he was turning down many offers to tour professionally as
he felt travelling would take up time which should be spent in continuing
During the peak of his career he reached the point
where he was doing as many as thirty one radio broadcasts and an average
of about eight recording dates in a single week. His audiences ranged from
small intimate groups to packed auditoriums of three thousand. One of his
greatest thrills was at the Civic Stadium in Buffalo, NY when he played
for an audience of over forty thousand people.
One of Magnante's
best known compositions is the novelty solo "Accordiana" which he composed
in exactly twenty minutes. His textbooks, arrangements, and original
compositions are numbered by the hundreds and include popular, classical,
jazz, and boogie-woogie.
As an outlet from his strenuous career in
music, Maganante engaged in the sport of big game hunting as much as
possible. He had taken over fifty head of big game and was a member of the
exclusive Campfire Club of America which is located in Braircliff Monor,
about thirty five miles from New York City. His hunting expeditions in the
US, Canada and Mexico brough him trophies of antelope, dall sheep, moose,
caribou and grizzly bear along with numerous other species. His prize
mount was a one thousand pound grizzly and many of his hunting experiences
were featured articles in a number of sports magazines.
Magnante was not blessed with a happy relationship on his first venture
with matrimony. However, he was rewarded a fine son (Peter) and daughter,
both of whom have enjoyed extremely successful careers outside the field
In later life Magnante became enamored with a
professional accordion entertainer whom he met when she was performing at
the Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Charlotte and Charlie enjoyed
many happy years together sharing personal love for each other and a
mutual adoration for the world of music. Charlie passed away several years
before his beloved Charlotte, who is now also deceased.
life is the story of a man who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles
to achieve success in his chosen field and become a legend in his own
lifetime. He passed away on Dec. 30, 1986 having given the world a legacy
of accordion achievements unlikely to be equaled by anyone in the
friend of Charles Magnante in March 2000.
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