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Squeezing and Pleasing

June 18, 2014

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Profile America — Wednesday, June 18th. If there's a musical equivalent of the late Rodney Dangerfield, who complained that he never got any respect, it would be the accordion. During June, fans of this neglected musical instrument have been celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month, with the idea of increasing its popularity beyond polka bands. The earliest ancestors of the accordion are traced to China of some 2,000 years ago, while the modern instrument had its beginnings in Vienna and Berlin in the 1820s. Older Americans might recall that the accordion was seen for years, played by Lawrence Welk on his long-running television show from 1955 to 1982. Accordions are part of the nearly $1.6 billion worth of musical instruments manufactured each year in the U.S. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: NAICS 339992

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: May 19, 2014