During his career, the late Nick DeCaro collaborated on more than 380 albums and worked with the likes of Dolly Parton, Randy Newman, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Arlo Guthrie and the Doobie Brothers.
An accordionist, DeCaro has also performed on over 70 albums for Grammy-winning artists and albums.
As part of the Library & Archives NEO Sound initiative, an archival collection of personal items and library materials that “preserve Northeast Ohio’s cultural heritage and the region’s significant contributions to rock & roll history,” the Rock Hall Library & Archives Reading Room will celebrate his career with a special program that takes place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20.
The upcoming reception will feature displays of DeCaro artifacts from the Rock Hall’s vaults. Items include handwritten scores and arrangements, lyrics, music books, sheet music, albums, photographs and the accordion DeCaro played on the Rolling Stones’ “Back Street Girl.”
Frank and Denise DeCaro, Nick’s brother and sister-in-law, will attend the event and talk about DeCaro. Denise DeCaro will perform a song written, produced and arranged by Nick DeCaro.
“On behalf of the DeCaro family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for honoring Nick DeCaro and celebrating his tremendous contribution to the recording industry," says Denise DeCaro in press release. "Our hope is that the donation of artifacts will provide a sense of history and enlightenment for all those that appreciate music and its cultural aspects. We further hope to inspire and encourage students with the donation and celebratory event. As the master was quoted during an interview in Downbeat Magazine
, ‘I believe arranging is not an art form, it’s a craft’ and so with his hard work, studies and dedication, and especially his collaborative recording projects from 1965 until his passing in 1992, he is known to have achieved one of the most prolific careers in the history of recording arts.’”
to the event are not required but are encouraged. Light bites and refreshments will be provided.