Pagliacci (Vesti La Giubba)
From the opera, "Pagliacci" by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Guido Deiro, accordion
Recorded February 1917
Count Guido Pietro Deiro (1886 - 1950) was a famous vaudeville star, international recording artist, composer and teacher. He was the first piano-accordionist to appear on big-time vaudeville, records, radio and the screen. Guido usually performed under the stage-name "Deiro". Guido and his younger brother Pietro Deiro (known as "Pietro") were among the highest paid musicians on the vaudeville circuit, and they both did much to introduce and popularize the piano accordion in the early 20th century.
"Vesti la giubba" (Put on the costume) is a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo's 1892 opera Pagliacci. "Vesti la giubba" is the conclusion of the first act, when Canio discovers his wife's infidelity, but must nevertheless prepare for his performance as Pagliaccio the clown because "The show must go on". The 1904 recording by Enrico Caruso was the first million-selling record in history. [Wikipedia]