In memory of
Art Van Damme
9th April 1920 to 15 February 2010

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You can read the Art Van Damme 2005 Celebrity Interview at
There is also an article about his 2005 tour to Rostov-on-Don, Russia online
An interview with Art Van Damme circa 1983

Art Van Damme (1920-2010), California – USA

by Rob Howard

At a recent The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Born April 9th 1920 in Norway, Michigan, and brought up in Chicago, Art Van Damme took up the piano accordion in 1929 at the age of nine, and was classically trained before discovering jazz as a teenager – inspired by the recordings of Benny Goodman. In 1941 he joined Ben Bernie's band as an accordionist, then from 1945 to 1960 he worked for NBC, performing on ‘The Dinah Shore Show’, ‘Tonight’, ‘The Dave Garroway Show’, and other radio and TV shows with Garroway.

He recorded 130 episodes of the 15-minute ‘The Art Van Damme Show’ for NBC Radio, and from the 1940s onwards also enjoyed a successful and extended recording career. Van Damme toured Europe and was also popular with jazz listeners in Japan, and regularly won the US ‘Downbeat’ magazine reader's poll for his instrument. He also toured in Russia and New Zealand. In 2005, Art Van Damme, Myron Floren and Dick Contino – three all-American accordion legends – were all honoured at the Las Vegas Accordion Convention, and the following year Art was the chief guest at the ‘Accordions International 2006’ festival, held at Caister, UK.

Art Van DammeArt Van Damme, in his prime years, played so many gigs in clubs, hotels and concert stages across the USA and Europe that it is said that he never needed to do any practice. He was constantly in action, developing and honing his skills and repertoire, pioneering the use of the accordion as a jazz lead instrument.

So influential was Art’s playing style that he has influenced most of the western world’s jazz accordionists. One musicologist made the following neat comment: “The hippest cat ever to swing an accordion, Art Van Damme dared go where no man had gone before: jazz accordion”.

Art Van Damme died on February 15th 2010. He was 89 years old, and had been ill with pneumonia for several weeks. He had three children and six grandchildren. Although he had retired to Arizona then Scaramento, California, he continued to perform nearly to the age of 90.

Funeral Mass: 10am, Saturday February 20th 2010
St. Clare’s Catholic Church, 1950 Junction Blvd_Roseville, CA 95747
Phone: (916)772-4717

1980 Coupe Mondiale ProgramIn 1980, Art Van Damme was the main Guest Artist at the 1980 Coupe Mondiale held in Auckland, New Zealand. He and Johnny Smith (and group) played to over 2,000 people in the Auckland Town Hall at the hugely successful Opening and Closing concerts of the 1980 Coupe Mondiale. The Opening Concert was attended by the Prime Minister of New Zealand who opened the event.

Here is the biography of Art Van Damme and Johnny Smith as printed in the 1980 Coupe Mondiale Program.

Art Van Damme

From soloist to trio, trio to quartet to quintet. That’s the path taken by Art Van Damme, famed accordionist, whose quintet was fixture at N.B.C. in Chicago for 15 years. It was in Norway, Mich, that Art Van Damme was born and it was only 10 years later that he started his professional career as an accordionist. This was in his home town theatre, plus two trips to California doing concerts for the Sante Fe Railroad Company.

At the age of 14 his family moved to Chicago, but it wasn’t until four years later that he turned from classical study and became interested in swing for which he is so well known. His first trio consisted of Acc. Bass and guitar and it played Chicago night spots for about three years, then a big break and joined Ben Bernie band for a two month theatrical tour.

Upon return from tour he worked the Chicago Theatre as a soloist. The next trio consisted of accordion, vibraphone and bass. The group covered the Midwest pretty thoroughly for the next three years and in 1944 drums were added to the group for a Sherman Hotel booking in Chicago. After about six months at the hotel he got a contract with N.B.C. for radio shows and also TV. In 1945 he added a guitar to the group to finally set the quintet sound.

In the 15 years at N.B.C. besides doing their own shows, they worked with many top name entertainers. Following are a few of the shows: Dave Garroway Show, Coffee And with Hugh Downs, Ransom Sherman Show, Howard Miller Show, Bob & Kay Show, Monitor Club 60 with Dennis James etc. Quintet besides doing solo spots he did a lot of background for top singers and instrumentalists, such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee etc, and many top name jazzmen as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy De Franco, etc.

Art Van Damme circa 1980Photo left from the 1980 program. Record contracts were as follows: 1945 through 1952 with Capital Records, 1952 through 1965 with Columbia Records. Since 1965 with M.P.S. Records located in West Germany. Included in this time the quintet has recorded over 30 albums, plus many singles. Included are albums and singles with vocalists such as: Jo Stafford, Fran Warren, etc and also albums with Johnny Smith and Joe Pass as featured guitarists.

Albums recorded in Germany not only are those of the quintet but also quintet with brass, strings, flutes, and also an album with Singers Unlimited. In all, 15 albums have been recorded for M.P.S. and now some the albums are available in the States through E.M.I. Included is an album with quintet featuring Joe Pass released by Pausa Records and a new album done direct-to-disc plus digital released by Sonic Arts. Also three new albums in Finalnd, Sweden and England on recent tour in Europe.

During tour in Europe, did many guest spots on radio, TV plus concerts, jazz clubs, etc. Besides having the group in the top 10 instrumental groups for many years in Billboard, Metronome and Playboy polls. Art Van Damme was voted top jazz accordionist in the Downbeat poll for 10 consecutive years, (1976-1979) in Contemporary Keyboard Magazine. The quintet has also made more transcriptions than any other small group including 139 individual 15 minute shows for R.C.A. Thesaurus. Also many commercial spots.

After leaving N.B.C. in 1960, opened music studio and store in suburban Chicago. Quintet also made guest appearances on a few of the following shows: Today Show, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas Show, (Mike incidentally worked with the quintet for five years at N.B.C. in Chicago). Lawrence Welk Show and many local shows. Night Club work since 1960 has been such as: Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Boneventure Hotel in Montreal, Bayshore In in the Vancouver, BC, Lenny’s on the Turnpike in Boston, Theatrical Restaurant in Cleveland, Disneyworld in Florida and various jazz clubs in U.S. plus annual appearances in Europe.

Moved to Northridge, California in 1968. Married and have three children. Wife’s name, Dorothy. All children married and have six grand-children. Hobby is sports of all kinds, spends most free time playing golf.

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith played with various small combos and did studio work in Portland, Maine, prior to World War II. During the war he played trumpet and guitar with various Air Corps bands. After being discharged from the Air Corps in 1946, he returned to Portland where he resumed work in night clubs and at the local radio station. Through the efforts of the program director at WCSH, Art Owens, air checks were sent to NBC in New York City. The musical contractor, Dr Roy Shields, offered John a position as freelance arranger until he could join the New York Local.

Album coverIn the years following, he did as many as thirty-seven network broadcasts and telecasts a week for the NBC, ABC, and CBS networks. Appearances also included performances with the New York Philharmonic and the NBC Symphony Orchestras under the direction of Toscanini and Mitropolus. For several years he was the musical director for the Dave Garraway Show and the NBC “Fireside Theatre”. Other shows included “Star Time” with Benny Goodman and Francis Langsord, the Arthur Godfrey “Ford Road Show”. Pat Boone, and the Pactrice Munsel shows.

During the thirteen years in New York City, he recorded more than twenty albums with his own group, mostly on the Royal Roost Label. His recording of “Moonlight in Vermont” in 1952 was voted the best jazz album of that year, and for several years in a row he was voted first place in the Downbeat and Metronome jazz polls. He toured extensively with his group doing night club appearances throughout the country, plus doing concert tours with Stan Kenton and Count Basie.

In 1958 he left New York City and moved to Colorado Springs where he started “Johnny Smith Music, Inc.” His present activities are concerts and clinics. He recently appeared with Benmy Goodman at Red Rocks in Denver. Johnny Smith was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1922. His hobbies are fishing and flying airplanes. He currently holds and Airline Transport Pilots licence and is a certified flight instructor in single and multi-engine aircraft.

Toured Europe and the United States with Bing Crosby for two years before the singer’s death.

Famous Celebrities
From the Castelfidardo Accordion Museum files comes this historic photo taken in 1988 at the Teatro Astra in Castelfidardo, Italy. From left: Yuri Kasakov (Russia), Beniamino Bugiolacchi (Artistic Director of the Premio Città di Castelfidardo) Art Van Damme (USA), Alain Musichini (France), Wolmer Beltrami (Italy), Name Unkown and Peter Soave (USA). A unique photo of famous accordion celebrities.

Acclaimed musician who lived in Northridge 'defined jazz accordion'

By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer, Daily News, Van Nuys, Los Angeles

state of artPeter Soave and Art Van DammeArt Van Damme, a former Northridge resident known as the father of jazz accordion, has died. He was 89. The quintet leader known internationally for his swinging jazz accordion died Monday at a skilled nursing facility near his home in Roseville, a suburb of Sacramento.

Van Damme, who cut nearly 50 jazz records, made as many world concert tours and appeared on numerous NBC radio and TV shows, died before his 90th birthday concert bash. Picture right is good friends Peter Soave and Art Van Damme.

"He defined jazz accordion," said Kenny Kotwitz of Simi Valley, an accordion protege and friend of Van Damme's. "He was the best who ever lived."

"He took the accordion out of the beer garden and put it on the concert stage."

Martini TimeArthur Raymond Van Damme was born April 9, 1920, in Norway, Mich. During the 1930s, he studied classical accordion in Chicago before styling himself after "King of Swing" Benny Goodman.

Known for his melodic jazz improvisation, Van Damme taught himself to swing his 26-pound Excelsior as lightly as Goodman's clarinet, with nuanced bellows accents and a sliding five-finger chord style. His Art Van Damme Quintet recorded 130 episodes of the "Art Van Damme Show" for NBC radio before performing on "Tonight" and other TV variety shows.

When not playing golf, he played at Donte's Jazz Club in North Hollywood. He lived in Northridge from the 1960s through the '80s.

"He was my idol. He was No.1. He was the best," said Carl Fortina, 80, well known accordionist of Sherman Oaks. "He was the innovator for really bringing jazz accordion to the forefront."

Accordion FivePicture right includes Charles Magnante and Myron Floren. About six years ago, Van Damme had a heart attack while playing "Here's That Rainy Day" at a Las Vegas accordion convention. He fell forward on his 26-pound Excelsior squeezebox, which doctors said had revived his heart. Dick Contino rushed to the stage.

"With a smile on his face, he opened his eyes and said, `Hey Dick, I hit a blue note'," recalled Contino, 80, of Las Vegas, an accordionist famous for his rendition of "Lady of Spain."

Van Damme is survived by his longtime companion, Lory Lawry; daughters Sandra Mummert of Arizona and Nancy Stompor of Illinois; son Arthur Van Damme of Napa Valley; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His wife Dorothy preceded him in death.

written by Bob Berta, President San Fransisco Bay Area Accordion Club
published on September 1996

The Cotati Accordion Festival honored Art Van Damme this last weekend. It gave me and a few other members of the club the golden opportunity to talk to him at length about his music, the history of jazz and many other neat topics.

SwingsFirst let me say that Art has a mind like a steel trap. He remembers names, dates and hundreds of neat anecdotes that make for a fascinating telling of musical lore.

Art started out as a classical accordionist for about ten years before switching over to jazz. He played with many famous names over the years. He himself was listed as one of the top ten jazz musicians for something like ten years.

He said he never practiced...played so many gigs he didn't have to. Said in his entire married life he probably never played more than five or six hours at home. In fact since he retired he has played his accordion for a total of about ten minutes! He said he doesn't get any enjoyment out of playing for himself.

Another interesting comment was that the only treble reed he used was the bassoon reed. He often stripped out the other reeds from his accordion. He has an early (about 1954) American made Excelsior that was one of his favorite accordions. He had previously removed the other reeds so when he recently found them in storage in his house, had them reinstalled in the accordion. He played the ten minutes to see how they worked out....that was it.

Maybe once he gets tired of retirement he might be persuaded to play again....but I suggested along with some other club members that he should consider writing an autobiography. Perhaps if others encouraged him to do the same it might happen. It would be a fascinating story!

9th May 1997 Weekly News -
Contributed by Tom Collins

The Art Van Damme Story is now available on video with the Art Van Damme quintet. It is in three parts:
  1. The original quintet on the Dave Garroway-at-Large show in 1951.
  2. "Luncheon with a Legend". The quintet in Oslo, Norway 1951.
  3. "The Final Performance", Art's 75th birthday celebration, Detroit, Michigan, USA, April 9th 1995.

    The cost of this highly sought after video is US$24.95 plus $3.00 shipping & handling (USA currency). Send cheque or money order to: DOTART MUSIC, 1129 N. 878th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA
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17th October 1997 Weekly News -
Contributed by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association

To honour his good friend jazz accordionist Tony Dannon at the recent Dannon testimonial, accordion legend Art Van Damme donned the accordion he put away nearly two years ago on his 75th birthday when he announced his retirement. He played for an appreciative crowd which enjoyed the inimitable Van Damme style and gave the master a standing ovation.

The following evening Van Damme boarded a plane to Italy where he played at the Castelfidardo Festival and received an award for his spectacular contribution to accordion popularity.

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We want to express our condolences to all who knew and loved the wonderful music of the great Art Van Damme! "It so happened that we were lucky to arrange for Art Van Damme to perform a major concert in Rostov-on-Don. With such a great accordion player began our great friendship. Art Van Damme will always be remembered as a great, bright light of enormous talent who was grateful for the happiness of being with friends and happy to have them learn from him! A gentleman and consumate professional. Our Hero.
Alexander Poeluev and Viacheslav Semionov

Art Van Damme inspired generations of accordionists, musicians and music lovers of all types. He was talented, classy, and truly enjoyed what he did. We will greatly miss him. I hope that future jazz accordionists also follow as effectively in his footsteps and continue to showcase with similar success, the versatility of the accordion.
Rita Davidson, Editor,
USA News
It is with deep sadness we learn of the passing of our esteemed friend - the gentleman of the accordion, and a giant in the music world, Mr. Art Van Damme.  Art we will miss you greatly!  Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and to all that were touched by this great man.  

Personally I will always cherish my friendship with Art - and be forever indebted to him for his help and willingness to be the statesman for the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention. Also for the great advice Art gave me in September 2001 - at one of the lowest points I had as an event organizer. With the 2001 convention scheduled only a month after the tragedy of September 11 - I seriously considered canceling the event and sought Arts advise, I will never forget what he told me - "Paul if you cancel the event, the terrorists will have won. Life goes on and the show must go on - we cannot stop living".

Thank you Art for your wisdom in helping us celebrate life. We intend to honor your life and continue the legacy you helped make great. Long live the accordion and your legacy! Art, your heavenly music is immortalized in your many successful recordings and your friendship will always be in our hearts.
Paul Pasquali, Organizer,
The Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
When I was young in the 1960's, my father - New Zealand accordion teacher Ben Emmett - regularly played Art Van Damme music on his record player. To then see Art Van Damme play and meet him in at the Auckland at the 1980 Coupe Mondiale was really something extra special. Art Van Damme's wonderful style showed me accordion could be taken to new level - an inspiration that has lasted all my life.
Joan Emmett Brown
Art Van Damme
Just last October, now only less than 4 months ago, many of us had the distinct pleasure to hear the great musician, Art Van Damme, perform once again in Las Vegas. Always the gentleman, Art spent the week attending all the musical events, giving compliments to other performers, rehearsing his own group and then performing with his usual perfection; but it was when he was answering questions and signing autographs for the ever-present group of admirers that one could sense the kind, affable, and, yes, often amusing personality of this great musician.

Art was surrounded with a circle of long-time friends but he was never patronizing to those crowds that only knew him as this famous jazz accordionist on stage turning out those memorably fast runs over the keys with a distinct and immaculate clarity of sound...even at the age of 89 years!

Art was the very essence of what everyone thought was pure perfection when performing onstage.

All of us in the accordion field have indeed benefited from his musical success and we will miss this accordion icon. We have been so fortunate to have had such great pleasure in hearing him during all these many years. Thank you, Art.
Joan Cochran Sommers, February 19, 2010
One of the legends of accordion has left our world... his personality will live for ever in our memories, and his talent in our hearts.
Mirco Patarini
Caro Art volevo dirti che sei stato per me una grande ispirazione. Il tuo stile mi ha letteralmente folgorato sin dal primo ascolto. Quando ho avuto il piacere di suonare con te e di invitarti nei miei festival ho potuto apprezzare anche una persona gentile e garbata. Grazie per aver reso la fisarmonica pi� importante...
Renzo Ruggieri
I was delighted when, in 2006, Art Van Damme accepted my invitation for him to perform at 'Accordions International 2006', held at Caister, Norfolk, England. Needless to say he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance, then to the audience's delight he invited Jack Emblow onto the stage, for a 'jazz duet'. What a magical moment!! Art Van Damme, a fine musician and a charming person.R.I.P.
Heather Smith
I am much too insignificant to address such a GIANT of music and especially of the jazz accordion, but I will badly miss your living inspiration here on earth!
Walter Lindenthal
Art, you were a true inspiration to me as a teenager playing the accordion. Your superior playing helped me along the way listening to your recordings as I do today. I enjoy playing your arrangements and always will. The Angels in heaven will now swing forever! God Bless You Art, "There'll Never Be another You!"
Gary Morin
Art you have been an inspiration to me ever since I first heard you on a record. I have played my accordion with a style based on your sound, as hundreds of other accordion players have done also. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Las Vegas Accordion Convention. You were kind and told me of your upcoming events. I have listened to you most of my life. I am most grateful to having met you and hearing your music live. You will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to the Van Damme family. It is a sad time but he will be happily remembered by people all over the world for his contributions to music and the accordion.
Charles Fontana
It was with deep sadness I got the death message of my dear friend for 35 years, Art Van Damme.

From the bottom of my heart I will thank you for everything you have done for me and given to me through all these years beeing your personal and good friend. Your music has been my life since I were a child and you are still my greatest idol on accordion jazz music!

We have met a lot of times, in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scottsdale Arizona and in Las Vegas. I have served you waffles in my home in Norway, and you took me to nice restaurants in Scottsdale and Phoenix when I visited you there in 1995 and 1997. I also met your deceased wife Dorothy in 1995.

I have so many great memories of all the times we have met and I have taken good care of all your letters and cards, many of them hand-written, through 35 years. The first one from 1976 I do have in a frame on the wall in my living room.

Now my dearest friend, we'll never meet again in this life, but I hope you will rest in peace far away from all problems, wars and unhappiness here on earth. I miss you so much and you will for always be in my heart. R.I.P.
Your good friend in Norway,
Eva Tidemandsen Haugland
While I only knew Art Van Damme through the double CD, The Van Damme Sound/Martini Time, his sophisticated jazz arrangements and superb playing helped regenerate my interest in playing accordion again. For this I will be eternally grateful.
Dan Leski
Art Van Damme leaves behind the standard by which all others will be judged in the accordion world. I met him in 1979 through Sylvia Prior and have been entranced with his artistry all my life. His work inspired me to become a professional musician, and his gentle nature and humility were examples to all of us. His larger-than-life legacy makes it really hard to imagine not having him with us any longer.
Anthony Quartuccio Jnr., Conductor, Opera San Jose/San Jose Chamber Orchestra, AFNA King 1983
Art was the biggest MAESTRO to all of us. I think he left us a very big patrimonium and will live with us for all accordions players and to the Excelsior family of players.
Prof. Joram Kufert, Italy Director of Rehabilitation Center (specialized in musician patologies).
Van Damme was an incredible musician. His genius and generosity will be missed by all. Thanks for your inspiration, Art.
Karen Fremar
Thank you Art, for creating beautiful, fantastic music. And for creating a rich and vibrant genre that I adore. You are a giant.
Dallas Vietty
Art's contribution to the world of jazz accordion is immesurable. He has been an inspiration to countless muscians. Having the opportunity to listen and talk to him at the Las Vegas Accordion Event left me with the distinct impression that he thoroughly enjoyed the well deserved adulation and appreciation for all of his accomplishments. A life well lived...
Bob Moloznik
Art Van Damme was great friend to me and helped me with my musical studies in playing jazz. He has been a great inspiration to me and always will be.
Shane Brogan

I heard Art van Damme Quintet for the first time in 1954, and since then, Art was one of my absolutely best favorites jazz-player. It was a very interesting and great experience for me to hear him play and personally know him as a very good friend. I have been pleased to organize conserts with Art van Damme's quintet and his sound has passed through my PA-system!. I'll miss him very much! R.I.P. From a good friend in Norway.
Geir-Harry Haugland

Good By, Art! You have been an inspiration to me and my fellow jazz 'cordine players! A gentleman and a brilliant improviser! And the nicest, kindest man one could possibly meet! A pace setter who challenged other players to expand the musical possibilties of our all in one instrument! No need to bless him.....he blessed Us!! Good bye Art!!! I'm sure your in the right place!!!
Larry Novak
Art Van Damme Radio Tribute
Jack Simpson is one of several radio host's at the Univ. of Central Florida radio station WUCF.FM 89.9. He has been a friend of the accordion, in particular, jazz accordion for many years. Due to Art's passing, Jack will make a tribute to him next Saturday, February 27. His segment is called "Jazz On The Beach" and airs from 10 am until 1 pm.

I don't know what time he will be doing the tribute segment, however, Jack will give a preview of the day's program at the beginning of the show. For those of you out of broadcast range of 89.9fm, you can hear the show by "streaming" on the internet.

Almost as important, "SHOW YOUR SUPPORT" for our favorite instrument and call the station at (407) 823-3689! Jack will most likely answer the phone himself. When you call in, identify not only yourself, but your accordion affiliation's and where you are calling from, if out of the area. Thanking all you accordion buffs and enthusiasts in advance, for your support!!!!!!
Fred Foge
I recall learning of you when I attended Cass Tech H.S. I became a fan quickly. As the years went by, my career was patterned to emulate your professionalism. I'll never forget the evening at Peter Soave's home.With young Julien Labro, Peter and Mady Soave, and Iolanda & I listening to the many stories that were so full of life.

Thanks to your friendship and your great influence to many thousands of aspiring young and old accordionists. May you rest in peace.
John Iannucci
I wonder what our accordion world would have been like without Art Van Damme? His presence throughout the years has been so overwhelming that he has stood alone as the beacon to what our accordion could achieve, (and he always will). His Quintet arrangements, his solos, His passion, his excellence in playing showed us what was possible, but for us, not attainable. We could not equal him, only (try) to imitate the beautiful melodies that poured from his soul. To listen to todays jazz masters, sooner or later we surely spot phrases of the beautiful melodies contained in Art's solos. He had a lock on the the way his notes and phrases cascaded to fill the air in rainbow like beauty. He made us say, "How did he do that?, I want to do it too!" God bless you Art Van Damme, you gave my accordion life, you gave me a reason to play,to dream, and feel proud of the music possible with this beautiful instrument. And Art, as one of your beautiful arrangements is titled "There Will Never Be Another You!" I so wish we could have said it to you in person, April 9. You now belong to the ages Art VAn Damme....thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Richard Schiller

Ha suonato del jazz meraviglioso, con idee originalissime, non ha mai usato svolszzi di sols tecnica come riempitivo ... Uun jazz vero con tanta improvvisazione su uno strumento apparentemente inadatto, ART ? stato un grande genio musicale ed il suo ricordo durer? in eterno insieme alle registrazioni che smbrano sempre composte nel momento in cui si ascoltano. Ciao, caro Art Van Damme ....
Silvano Rebola

He was one of a few big names of Jazz Accordion. I had the opportunity to watch his unique show in 2004 in Brazil. Art Van Damme created a new technique to play accordion, and he gave a new way to express musical feelings. For us, Lauro Valerio and son, and all Brazilian fans, this news is very sad.
Lauro Valerio, President of the Associação dos Acordeonistas do Brasil, CD available
Thanks for all the great music Art! You will be missed, but your music will live on.
Benny Weinbeck

Recordings (Courtesy of Cliff Bentz)

* Cocktail Capers, Capitol T178
* More Cocktail Capers, Capitol T300
* More Cocktail Capers, Capitol H300 (10")
* The Van Damme Sound, Columbia CL-544
* Martini Time, Columbia CL-630
* Martini Time, Columbia CL-6265 (10")
* Manhattan Time, Columbia CL-801
* Art Van Damme & Miss Frances Bergen, Columbia CL873
* The Art Of Van Damme, Columbia CL-876
* They're Playing Our Song, Columbia CL-1227
* Everything's Coming Up Music, Columbia CL-1382/CS-8177
* Accordion a la Mode, Columbia CL-1563/CS-8363
* Art Van Damme Swings Sweetly, Columbia CL-1794/CS 8594
* A Perfect Match (with Johnny Smith), Columbia CL-2013/CS-8813
* House Party, Columbia CL-2585
* Septet, Columbia CS-8992
* Music For Lovers, Harmony (Columbia) HS 11239
* Many Mood Of Art, BASF MC 25113
* Star Spangled Rhythm, BASF MC 25157 (2 record set)
* Art In The Black Forest, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15172
* Art Van Damme & Four Brothers, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15236
* Lullaby In Rhythm, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15 171
* State Of Art, MPS (West Germany) 841 413 2
* On The Road, MPS (West Germany) MPS 15235
* Blue World, Pausa PR 7027
* Keep Going, Pausa PR 7104
* Squeezin' Art & Tender Flutes, Pausa PR 7126
* Art Van Damme & Friends, Pausa PR 7151
* The Art Of Van Damme, Phillips (Holland) B 07189
* Pa Kungliga Djurgarden, Pi (Sweden), PLP 005
* Lover Man, Pickwick SPC 3009
* By Request, Sonic Arts Digital LS12
* Ecstasy, SABA (West Germany) SB 15115 ST
* In San Francisco, SABA (West Germany) SB 15073 ST
* Art & Liza, Svenska Media AB (Sweden), SMTE 5003
* Once Over Lightly/Manhattan Time, Collectables CD
* Van Damme Sound/Martini Time, Collectables CD with Jo Stafford
* Once over Lightly, Columbia CL-968
* A Perfect Match, Columbia CS-8813

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