Hello Dan: Met your father and his wife Paula when he was in Redding,Ca for a convention honoring jazz accordionist (this was in the early 70s). I went with my father who also played accordion and spent 4 hours listining to the finest musicians having a informal jam session. Later Ernie and Paula had a glass of wine at my parents home. What great music and fond memory for me.
Great story. I will call my dad tomorrow and tell him what you've posted here. I'm sure he will remember your father and hopefully you to. Thank you for finding my website about my dad.
I want to order CD's and the book, but I'm having lots of trouble ordering.....please call my cell 917-531-5038....
My brother and I played accordion professionally....back in 50s
Hello Dan. Thanks for the double Cd I've got from you. It's just fantastic music your father played on his accordion. I will follow your site and see if you can post any arr/notes on this.
Thanks from Hallstein
Hallsten, Glad you like the CDs. On Sunday April 8 we had a Birthday party for my dad and I had a chance to ask him about how he arranged for the songs his quartet played. I asked if he wrote his arrangements on sheet music so he and his group had something to follow, and my dad said that he never did arrangements on sheet music pages. He said his musicians simply knew the song, knew their part, and everyone improvised and played until they had a version they liked.
Thank you, Dan
Hi Dan, I love the website! I'm so glad that you could use the photos from my collection, and I hope people will enjoy seeing them. I really appreciate all the work you're doing, and seeing the photos from your Dad's 90th birthday party. He has a lot of people who love him!
Great blog, I just created an account here too.
Thank you Lightning Henti. I've enjoyed making this website and enjoy that everyone has an opportunity to read about my dad and hear his music. Dan
I think Ernie used to visit my grandparents and Mom when he was in school in San Jose. I remember her telling me stories about him and his accordian. I will try to get details for you. Did he ever mention Margaret Anne Vargas and Mrs. Kelley. This was on the corner of Story and Keys St. in San Jose. Thanks
Dianne, I will speak to my dad today and ask him about your grandparents and mom and I will reply. Thank you!
my Mom says that Ernie was a year or so a head of her at San Jose High school, maybe 1939 and that he crowned her queen . He was a senior and she was maybe A year Margaret Anne Vargas, Peggy
I just purchase your dads method book. Will you send it by E mail.
Bob Torkelson Ps I love his style of playing!!
Wow! What a great site. I'm so glad that you took the time to honor your deserving father with such a nice site. Your father a "One of a Kind" exceptionally talented accordionist. There never was another one like him. I'm an 85 year old accordionist who fell in love with your father's style of playing from the minute I heard it. At that time, I, too, had a bass, guitar, clarinet and accordion group. Yes, I bought all of his recordings and also his method book and tried to figure out what he was doing and yes, I have to confess I was one who copied his style from then on. That is, on slow ballads only because no one could play at the fast speeds your father does. I spent many hours listening to him play "Just One Of Those Things" and "Horra Stoccato". Stumbling onto your site, reading about him and listening to him play brings back to me so many good memories. Tell your dad how very much I love him for the way he influenced me. Ed O.
Thank you for your nice comments about dad. I read him your reply and he was thrilled to hear from a fan and how his music had such an influence on you. Great memories!
I'm not sure that my question on facebook went through.
I knew saxaphonist Bill Ainsworth in my hometown of Fort Worth, TX, and saw him with Ernie's quartet at the Tail of the Cock on La Cienega when I lived in LA 1960-62.
I would like very much to have CD of the quartet of that era if available.
Frank, thank you for the comment. I've been in contact with the daughter of Bill Ainsworth and we've shared a lot of memories. My dad said Bill was the best! As far as a CD, on the Ernie Felice website in the upper-right there is a pull-down menu that has instructions on ordering CDs. You can certainly email me directly too at email@example.com.
"With a Song in My Heart" is scheduled on TCM Sunday May 4 at 8:00 PM eastern. Great film, fine music, and watch for Ernie.
Best regards to Ernie and all your family,
Hi Dan, This is a really nice site. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your amazing father. I loved his style and sound. Your family looks so proud. My mother too was an accordion player and just passed away in December. She left me her Cordovox that she bought through Chicago music way back in 1974! I am interested in playing again, but am thinking of something newer, possibly with a midi. Do you have any suggestions? Or do you know of anyone who may know a direction to point me in? I am from Vermont. Thank you, Lori
I love your Dad's music, I would like to order the cd's and accordion study book, but I can't get the "buy now" on your site to open. Please advise, I am truely interested, thanks, Jill
Jill, thank you for the post. I'll look into the issue but from my iPhone I was able to open the Purchase option that took me directly to PayPal for payment.
Do you know what people it is who plays on the record
Kjell, On the album Cocktail Time the musicians were Ernie Felice on Accordion, Bill Ainsworth on Clarinet, Chick Parnell on Bass and I think Rod Leftwich on Guitar.
I read an un-cited source that stated that Ernie Felice's theme song was a melody titled "Sonola" which he doesn't appear to have recorded. Can you confirm that this is true?
I don't remember my dad mentioning anything about any song being considered his "theme song". But you piqued my interest so I will do some research. Thanks, Dan
For reference, the title of a melody composed by your father with this title appears in a catalog of copyright entries under "Unpublished Music" in 1951 which is searchable on google books.
W Adams, thank you. Unfortunately I can't ask my dad about a song called Sonola and in all the recordings I've extracted from my dads own recordings, I have not seen it. Of course he played a Sonola accordion "Ernie Felice Model", but I never came across a song with that title.
Cheers my friend,
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