Cohorts, Companions and Competitors

A cohort is a group of subjects who share a defining characteristic – in this case, performing and playing music. Tony had an association with many musicians over the years and most likely competed for jobs in bands or orchestras with other accordion players. The small-scale 400 page book below is a membership list of the The Chicago Federation of Musicians, a goldmine of information published in 1942. Tony and his cousin by the same name were long-standing members up until their untimely deaths in 1963 and 1964. The book describes union members, instruments played, names of arrangers, bands and orchestras. The accordion section has over 600 accordionist members alone!

Chicago Federation of Musicians Membership List, June 1st, 1942. Union Local No. 10. Book courtesy of author.

CFM Members, Anthony Camarata Jr (Tony) and his cousin, Anthony Camarata, both accordionists on page 236. Book courtesy of author.

Art Van Damme, Andy Arcari, Robert Davine, Jimmy Blade, Bobby Tinterow, Horace Heidt, Don Orlando, Bob Smith, Art Cavalieri were some of the men he either knew personally, worked with or were inspired by. Many other musicians are noted on an earlier post.

Art Van Damme

Art Van Damme, theatrical photo by Maurice Seymour, Chicago, courtesy of the author.

Several years ago, I wrote to jazz accordionist Art Van Damme (1920-2010) to see if he knew Tony since the photo was dedicated to him. Here is his response to me:

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Letter from Art Van Damme to author, January 10, 1997.

Tony had a long history with Jimmy Blade, pianist, arranger and band leader. In addition to their professional relationship, they were also friends. Jimmy and wife, Jean were witnesses for Tony and Lucille’s wedding in 1941. The marriage took place at the Courthouse in Colorado Springs instead of their home town, Chicago. Jimmy’s orchestra had a four-week engagement at the swank Broadmoor Hotel resort that year and again in 1942. I was fortunate to meet his daughters in Illinois a few years back to who furnished me with a wealth of stories, news clippings, and photos, some that are posted here.

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Jimmy Blade (1907-1974), Pianist, Arranger, Band Leader. Press photo by Maurice Seymour, Chicago, courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

Jimmy Blade, pianist and band leader

Jimmy Blade relaxing while reading sheet music, “Happy in Love” composed by Same E. Fain, Published by Leo Feist Inc. 1941. Photo courtesy of P.Blade Cella.

Jimmy Blade reading “Happy in Love” sheet music and as an arranger, probably making some notes for an upcoming gig. Jimmy’s career included recording and live radio in Chicago, and later had his own show with NBC.

Jimmy Blade’s Musical Synopsis – National Broadcasting Company. Courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

Sheet Music featuring Jimmy Blade and his Orchestra. Courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

Jimmy Blade news clip, courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

Jimmy Blade had a long run at the Camellia House from 1951 to 1967, playing with various musicians over the years; Nicholas Busta – clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone, Richard Caldwell – accordion, Ray Lube – bass, Earl Schwaller – violin, who was also a sideman with Wayne King, to name a few. After Jimmy retired, Bill Snyder took the helm until 1970.

Jimmy Blade news clip, courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

Jimmy Blade news clip, courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

Jimmy Blade featured in Orchestra World magazine. Article courtesy of P. Blade Cella.

In Tony’s archives, a vintage press photo of Robert Davine, accordionist and professor of music at the University of Denver, was found. According to many Robert Davine was a true virtuoso of the concert accordion.”  I believe he was an inspiration to Tony on some level, even if they never met, or he wouldn’t have had this photograph.

Robert Davine, Accordionist (1924-2001). Theatrical photo by Excelsior, courtesy of the author.

Another vintage photo from Tony’s collection was of accordionist, Angelo “Andy” Acari, originally from San Biagio, Italy. He made a name for himself in America as soloist in theaters, nightclubs, concerts, radio and television broadcasts including NBC.

Photo from Tony M. Camarata's archive

Andy Arcari (1907-1994) Theatrical photo by Excelsior, courtesy of the author.

The Excelsior brochure was also in Tony’s archive; he may have been considering this brand of accordion, the same one that Andy played. It was common to have more than one instrument in a musician’s possession. I am lucky to have one of my father’s Reno brand accordions, not as attractive as the earlier ornate instruments that got lost or sold over the years. They were quite decorative and at one point it was fashionable to have your name on your instrument. There’s a family story that the reason the name Cammarata was altered by removing one “m” was that it was too long to fit on the one of the smaller accordions, however, most family members kept the original surname with both letters.

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Accordion Excelsiola 1955 Brochure from Tony’s archives, courtesy of author.

Competitors, Cohorts or Companions?

Advertisement, “Excelsior Album of Stars for 1950”

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Tony Camarata  as strolling troubadour at same club as Don Orlando and his Trio  in 1947.

Don Orlando, accordionist and band leader, also performed live on radio for WBBM in Chicago as well as recorded music for various record label, many that can be found online.

Tony played with Don Orlando

Don Orlando, Accordionist

Don Orlando & his Symphony Five 78 Record featuring vocals by Sam Bari, baritone.

Don Orlando and His Symphony Five. Features Sam Bari and Danny Parker. Courtesy of The Billboard Magazine, Jan. 24, 1948.

Art Cavalieri, bass player was also part of the trio “Men of Rhythm” with Tony Camarata and Sam Bari. These guys changed band names or went solo depending on available opportunities at the time. Art’s advertisement says it all, “Duo,Trio, Quartet to augment any size desirable.”

Art Cavalieri. Promotional advertisement, courtesy of T. Cavalieri.

The Velvetones, unknown violinist, Al Rhomba, accordion, Art Cavalieri on bass. Photo courtesy of T. Cavalieri.

Jobs may have been plenty in the 40s and 50s, however, the market was saturated with musicians and entertainers all vying for the same jobs and many at the same professional level. Probably a lot depended who you knew, and where you hung out — a big plus if you had a good agent. By the time rock and roll appeared in the 50s, the accordion wasn’t relevant anymore so Tony’s job prospects pretty much dried up by the early 60s. About the same time, he returned to Chicago due to ill health. In 1963, just days before his 48th birthday, he passed away.

 

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Tony Camarata – Show Bars, Swanky Clubs, Dance Halls, Hotels

1940s music was based on the big band sound, swing and jazz. Tony was active in the music biz, however, he never became a celebrated name, employed in large part as a sideman playing supportive roles in orchestras and small combo ensembles at a variety of night clubs, dance halls and hotels. To get educated in the various venues in Chicago, I suggest this comprehensive book by Charles A. SenstockThat Toddlin’ Town: Chicago’s White Dance Bands and Orchestras, 1900-1950. “He looks at the history of the white dance bands, theater orchestras, radio studio ensembles and night club bands… He has written extensively on Chicago music and other history.”

The Tropics at Hotel Chicagoan 67 w. Madison St. Chicago, IL

Sam Bari and his “Men of Rhythm” at the Hotel Chicagoan. L. to R. Sam Bari, Ginny Stone, Tony Camarata & Art Cavalieri. c. 1946. News clip courtesy of the author, Florette Camarata

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Chicago Newspaper Review – “Men of Rhythm” with Tony Camarata, accordionist, Ginny Stone, songstress, 1946. News clip courtesy of the author, Florette Camarata

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Tony Camarata’s gig at The Topics, Hotel Chicagoan. 1946. Photo courtesy of Massoth estate.

Press photo above dedicated to daughters; “Antoinette and Paulette, love Daddy“. Third daughter, Florette and author of this blog wasn’t’ born yet.

Sam Bari, recording artist and band leader of Men of Rhythm. Promo photo courtesy of This Week in Chicago, 1944.

Sam Bari, recording artist and band leader of Men of Rhythm. Promo photo courtesy of This Week in Chicago, 1940s

Tony applied for his social security card in 1937, soon after it was signed in to law. He noted his employer at the time as the Casino Parisien at the Hotel Morrison in Chicago. Two years later his mother Pauline who he was very close to died of heart failure at age 42. His father, Antonio died a year later at age 49. Cause of his death? The story given was that he died in a car accident where he was crushed by the steering wheel. It wasn’t until the author located his death record that noted the true cause of death; Pulmonary Tuberculosis due to Syphilitc Meningo Encephalits and place of death, Chicago State Hospital. Young Tony was an only child and wasn’t close to his Italian cousins who eventually moved to California.  His best pal was his German cousin, Paul Massoth who must have been a comfort to him as well as a fan of his music.

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Copy of Tony Camarata’s original Social Security application, 1937. Courtesy of Social Security Administration.

Accordionist For All Occasions, Also Combo

Anthony Camarata, Jr. Business Card
Courtesy of F. Camarata

Hollywood Show Lounge folder that held the photo below with Tony Camarata and the LaRussa's.

Hollywood Show Lounge folder that held the photo below with Tony Camarata and the LaRussa’s.

Tony Camarata with friends, Florence or Felicia (?) Larussa and Michael Larussa, Buffalo, NY c. 1946

Tony Camarata with Buffalo, NY friends, Felicia (Gutowski) and Michael Larussa relaxing at the Hollywood Show Lounge at 87 W. Randolph St. Chicago. 1946

Partial list of Tony’s gigs in the 30s and 40s below. Some of the clubs were fronts for prostitution and vice protected by organized crime, pretty typical of Chicago known for corruption back in the day. Most of the venues were in the Loop. Chicago’s upscale hotels housed nightclubs that featured ballroom dancing, big bands and floor shows.

1936: Trevor Tavern, Trevor, Wisconsin

Trevor Tavern. Tony Camarata in the middle. Photo courtesy of P. Camarata Phillips

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Trevor Tavern Newsclip. The Antioch News, June 18, 1936

1937: Casino Parisien event at Hotel Morrison at 15-29 Clark Street, Chicago, IL

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1938: 885 Club at 885 Rush St. Chicago, IL

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1938/39: CBS Broadcasting Live radio broadcast

1939: 606 Club at 606 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL

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1939: Silver Frolics at 400 N. Wabash.,Chicago, IL

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1939: Congress Hotel at 500 S. Michigan Ave.,Chicago, IL

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Congress Hotel, Chicago, IL.

1940: Chez Paree Key Club at 150 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL -The Chez Paree was a nightclub at 610 N. Fairbanks Court  known for its glamorous atmosphere, elaborate dance numbers, and top entertainers. It operated from 1932 until 1960. The Key Club was in a back room (different door and address) where illegal gambling went on – high stake dice and card games.

Chez Paree entrance at the SW corner of Ontario and Fairbanks, Chicago. Photo courtesy of The Schatz Building archive.

Chez Paree entrance at the SW corner of Ontario and Fairbanks, Chicago. Photo courtesy of The Schatz Building archive.

1940: Around Town Club at 2131 S. Cicero Ave. Cicero, IL

1940: Medinah Club of Chicago at 505 Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL

1940: University Club of Milwaukee at 924 E. Wells, Milwaukee, WI

1941: Broadmoor Hotel at 1 Lake Ave. Colorado Springs, CO

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Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO

Photo below: Tony and Lucy got married in Colorado while Tony was on a tour date with the Jimmy Blade Orchestra at the Broadmoor Hotel. L. to R. Jimmy Blade (pianist), Lucille Camarata, Tony Camarata, Mrs.Jean Kennelly Blade (one of the “Adorable Dancers” from Chez Paree, Chicago).

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Wedding Day in Colorado Springs, CO. 1941. L. to R. Jimmy Blade, Jean Blade (witnesses), Tony Camarata, Lucille Camarata. Photo courtesy of Florette Camarata

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Tony Camarata & Lucy Camarata with Jimmy Blade and Orchestra members. Colorado Springs 1941. Photo courtesy of Peggy Blade Cella.

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Lucille Camarata, newly wed to Tony Camarata. 1941. Photo courtesy of Aunt Dot Miekle.

1941/42/43: Ambassador East at 1301 State St. Chicago, IL –The Pump Room opened in 1938 and is now the Public Chicago Hotel, owned by Ian Schrager.

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1941/42 The Drake Hotel at 140 E. Walton St. Chicago, IL – Jimmy Blade Orchestra.

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Jimmy Blade Ork from Peggy Blade Cella with Tony Camarata

Jimmy Blade Orchestra. Left. Jimmy Blade on piano. Right, Tony Camarata on accordion. Photo courtesy of Peggy Blade Cella. 1941/1942

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Chicago’s Town Tattle by Nate Cross, 1943. Tony Camarata, accordionist with Jimmy Blade’s Orchestra. News clip courtesy of the author, Florette Camarata

1942: Cazel Koch Tavern in Chicago, IL

1942: The Blackstone at 636 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL

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The Blackstone, ad courtesy of This Week in Chicago 1942.

1942: Ivanhoe Gardens at 3000 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

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Ivanhoe Restaurant and Night Club founded in the 1920s as a speakeasy. After prohibition, it became a popular medieval-themed restaurant with a lower level bar known as “The Catacombs.

1943: Riviera Cocktail Lounge at 40 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL

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Riviera Cocktail Lounge Matchbook Cover. Courtesy of John Chuckman blog.

1943: Hotel Chicagoan at 67 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL

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The Tropics inside the Hotel Chicagoan.

1943: Paddock Club at 2927 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL

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Paddock Cocktail Lounge Matchbook Cover. Courtesy of John Chuckman.

1943: The Whirlaway at 1701 Ogden Ave. Chicago, IL

1943/45 Rupneck’s Restaurant at 1127 Thorndale Ave. Chicago, IL

Rupneck's Restaurant Cocktail Lounge Matchbook courtesy of Chuckman blog.

Rupneck’s Restaurant Cocktail Lounge. Matchbook Cover courtesy of John Chuckman.

1943: Preview Lounge at 7 w. Randolph St. Chicago, IL – Newspaper Review on earlier post; Will Alexander Orchestra. Will on bass. Jack Chapman, piano, Lyle Sisk, trumpet, Tony Camarata, accordion and June Price, vocals.

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Preview Lounge Matchbook Cover courtesy of John Chuckman.

1943: Helsings Vandvil Restaurant at 4361 N. Sheridan Chicago, IL

1943: Elbow Room at 3777 Broadway Chicago, IL

1943: The Dome at 507 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN

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The Dome Theatre Lounge in Minneapolis

1944: Rio Cabana at 400 N. Wabash Chicago, IL

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Rio Cabana Matchbook Cover. Courtesy of John Chuckman.

1944: Penguin Inn at 178 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL

1944: Minuet Restaurant at 943 Rush St. Chicago, IL

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Club Minuet ad courtesy of This Week in Chicago, 1944.

1944: Wilpolts Tavern at 5605 22nd Ave. Kenosha, WI

1944/45: Vine Gardens 614 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

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1945: Ron-Da-Voo Tavern at 106 State St. Calumet City, IL

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1945: The Capital Lounge at 167 N. State St. Chicago, IL

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1946: Brown Derby Theatre Café at 104 S. Wabash Chicago

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1946: The Tropics at Hotel Chicagoan 67 W. Madison,Chicago. Tony plays with  Sam Bari and his Men of Rhythm.

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The Tropics at the Hotel Chicagoan, ad courtesy of This Week in Chicago.

1946: Meyers Inn at 52 S. Seventh St. Minneapolis, MN

1946: Thomas F. Aliota Restaurant in Kenosha, WI

1947: Drum Cocktail Lounge at 114 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL

1947: Panda Club 2521 Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL

Panda Club Tokens - Good for 5 cents in drinks only.

Panda Club Tokens – Good for 5 cents in drinks only.

1947/49: Club Lucky at 1824 Wabansia Chicago, IL – once served as a speakeasy during prohibition with a hardware store as a front.

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1947: Silver Spur Club at 4839 N. 79th Phoenix, AZ

1948: Marie’s Cocktail Lounge at 5707 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

1948: Club Moderne at 5950 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL

1948: James Restaurant at 1035 Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL

 

 

Next post will feature more of Tony Camarata’s gigs, 1950s.

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Tony Camarata – Stage Bars & Theatre Lounges

Our Town Magazine 1943 cover pageOur Town Entertainment magazine cover (November 19-26, 1943) features band member Tommy Decker of the Decker Foursome who played with Tony Camarata, Dick Bunn and Lorie Andrea at the Dome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tommy was a “Versatile guitarist-vocalist heading his own aggregation, packing them in at the Dome.” (original magazine courtesy of the author)

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The Billboard Magazine review. Nov. 27, 1943, page 25.

The review above was in The Billboard Magazine featuring the Tommy Decker Quartette. Tony Camarata on Accordion – Gal mentioned is Lorie Andrea, stage name of his wife, Lucille Camarata who toured with him from time to time.

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The Billboard Magazine – Jan. 2, Aug. 28, Nov. 27, 1943 – Tony Camarata and others reviewed.

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Our Town Magazine pg. 2 Tony Camarata & Lorie Andrea (aka Lucille Camarata) 1943

Our Town Entertainment magazine review by Kid Flash at The Dome in 1943: “Tommy Decker, an on-the-beam guitarist, aided and abetted by Tony Camarata on the accordion, Dick Bunn, bass violinist and Lorie Andrea (stage name of Lucille Camarata, Tony’s wife) who lent her gorgeous, you-know-what to the frivolities. All in all, they’re definitely solid and were worth waiting for – to coin a phrase.”

Lorie Andrea, stage name of Lucille Camarata

Songstress Lorie Andrea, stage name of Lucille Camarata (photo courtesy of Florette Camarata)

In the 1930s and 1940s the accordion was a popular instrument in small combos and big bands.Tony Camarata as well as his father Antonio and cousin Tony made full-time professional careers as accordionists. Tony was a member of the CFM, the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10 from 1933 until his death in 1963. Members carried union cards – sometimes called traveling or transfer cards that gave a traveling musician the legal right to work around the country. The document below mentions Saxaphone as one of Tony’s instruments, however, no image exists showing him playing a sax. He may have played the mouth organ, a harmonica. It was found with his personal effects when he died.

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Chicago Federation of Musicians Union Membership document (pg. 1) for Anthony Camarata – courtesy of Chicago Public Library CFM Archives. Thanks to Christopher Popa, Music Librarian.

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The Billboard Magazine

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The Billboard Magazine – Aug 28, 1943 page 25 – Reviewed by Preview Lounge features Will Alexander Orchestra.

The Preview Lounge at 7 W. Randolph Street in the Chicago Loop was a popular venue that opened in July 1943. It was the fourth lounge owned by Al Martin who certainly knew what it took to keep the crowds dancing and drinking in the Loop. Will Alexander and his orchestra; Lyle Sisk, trumpet, Tony Camarata, accordion, Jack Chapman, piano, June Price, vocals get the joint going.

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News clip courtesy of the author.

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The Billboard Magazine 1943

The Billboard Magazine Display Advertisement. Jan. 2, 1943, page 84

Will Alexander’s music “makes you want to dance”. Will Alexander and his orchestra; Lyle Sisk, trumpet, Tony Camarata, accordion, Jack Chapman, piano, June Price, vocals will get you on your feet!  Night clubs and other entertainment venues thrived as a necessary distraction during the war years.

Many musicians contributed to the war effort and Tony was no exception. He didn’t serve in the military but did his small part by entertaining the wounded soldiers recovering at Vaughan General Hospital in Hines, Illinois.

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Certificate of Merit October 19, 1944. Vaughan General Hospital, Hines, IL Courtesy of author

Anthony Camarata (b.1911-1964): Professional Musician

The Camarata family tells a charming story about Anthony (b.1911-1964) playing the accordion at the tender age of 4 and loving it so much he would actually take his instrument to bed with him. At 15, following the footsteps of his father Charles, he began his professional musical career. He also partnered with his father in the family business as accordion instructors while also continuing to perform. Their accordions, were fatto a mano, handmade in Italy, most likely in Castelfidardo, once known as the international capital of accordion builders, personalized with the family name, Cammarata.

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Cammarata Family Business Card – Father & Son

Parallel to his younger cousin Anthony (Tony) (b.1915-1963) also a musician, he played at popular nightclubs, major hotels, dinner dance clubs and live radio broadcasts in Chicago and beyond. He and his family, as well as his siblings (Joseph, Frank, Kathryn), eventually relocated to sunny Santa Cruz, California where he continued to perform.

Theatrical Chicago photo below, “The Sailor Boys” features Anthony on accordion.

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Theatrical Chicago photo, “The Sailor Boys” features Anthony on accordion.

Like many professional musicians, he was a union member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians from 1931-1964 that offered their members many benefits. He had hundreds of jobs around the country including engagements at the infamous Colosimos, The Strand Show Lounge, Tutzs Cocktail Bar, Knight Caravan, Hub Lounge, Charley’s Cocktail Lounge, The Fox Badger Theatre, Orlando 71 Club, Towne Club, Zanzes Rocky Falls, Terrace Club and Club Aloha to name a few. He played with the Carl Schreiber band, the Cal Cara Combo and other groups and orchestras.

One of his longest and more successful gigs (1937-1945) was playing with the Tripoli Trio at the swanky 606 Club in Chicago. Anthony played accordion with Giordano Pellonari (b.1892-1962) on guitar and vocals and Luis Orlando, bass.

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“This Week in Chicago” news magazine published May 9, 1942

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Tripoli Trio – Giordano Pellonari, Anthony Camarata, Luis Orlando at the 606 Club. Photo courtesy of J. Camarata Jerde

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Luis Orlando, Giordano (George) Pellonari and Anthony Camarata entertain customers at the 606 Club. Photo courtesy of J. Camarata Jerde.

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1946 Gig in Chicago. Vintage Matchbook Cover

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1937-1945 Long-term Gig in Chicago. Vintage Matchbook Cover

Tripoli Trio with Giordano Pellonari, Luis Orlando, Anthony Camarata with vocal by Yvonne Barry, Gio's daughter. Photo courtesy of Allan Barry.

Tripoli Trio with Giordano Pellonari, Luis Orlando, Anthony Camarata with vocals by Yvonne Barry, Gio’s daughter. Photo courtesy of Allan Barry.

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1945 Gig in Chicago. Ad courtesy of Southtown Economist.

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1948 Gig in Santa Cruz, CA. Vintage Matchbook Cover

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1946 Gig in Milwaukee, WI. Vintage Matchbook Cover

Live Radio Broadcast – Anthony on accordion – Charles on guitar, right. Photo courtesy of J. Camarata Jerde

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1946 Gig in the Strand Show Lounge at the Strand Hotel in Chicago.

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Call Cara Combo – Cal Calcara, rear center; Tony Camarata (left) accordion, Dick Miner, trumpet, Wes Nichols, drums. Photo courtesy of http://www.newdealswing.com

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Chicago’s Nite Life Magazine. April 4, 1947. Courtesy of Allan Barry

The Tripoli Trio will spice the opening on Tuesday at the new Terrace Club, luxurious west side show lounge in Chicago. (cover page of Chicago’s Nite Life, published April 4, 1947).