Lou Knew how to Play a
That is that thing with the keys on it. Duh.
Here is an
article from World Accordion Review 1953
as interviewed by John and Viola Reuther''
The new star of the Horace Heidt Show is a brilliant young
(pronounced ''Pro-Hut’’). Born in Chicago, May 14, 1931, and
Accordion at the age of five, with lessons from his orchestra leader
Andy Rizzo also gave him a few lessons and by the time Lou was
got a job with WNEX radio station in Yanktown, South Dakota, playing
with a Western Trio for two years (under the name of Lou Laine)
When he heard the Horace Heidt Troupe were playing ninety
miles from Yanktown,
he decided to
try for an audition. He located Heidt and some of his organization
Dining in a
restaurant, whereupon he strapped on his Accordion and auditioned
and there. Heidt signed him up immediately and dubbed him the ''Paderewski
Accordion'' because of his terrific technique.
The western trio hopefully awaited his return and kept his
job open, but Lou
returned. He was now launched on the road to national recognition.
winning the grand finals in Heidt's ''search for talent'' program,
inducted into the United States Marine Corps. After ten weeks in
Boot camp in
San Diego, he was placed in the Marine Corps Band, listed oddly
''miscellaneous'' musician. This involved doing radio and television
oftentimes filling in with his Accordion for such missing
It is interesting to know that while working at the radio
station in Yanktown,
Lou was very
discouraged as he felt the local people did not appreciate or
his technical prowess. However, fortunately for him, Lou Ella
along, and gave him the encouragement and inspiration he so badly
needed to keep on in spite of seeming lack of recognition.
To make a long story short, they were married on August 27th,
1952, and are
together now that he is traveling with the Heidt troupe, including
entertaining the public but servicemen as well in all points of the
States. The Heidt tour will also very shortly include such overseas
Berne, Cairo, Paris, Berlin, Japan, Korea, etc. Pretty Lou Ella is a
nurse and of invaluable assistance to Lou and others during the
demands of the tour. Incidentally, it took Lou very little time to
Horace Heidt routine of the stage presentation of his act.
Lou Prohut gained his colossal technique playing
Polish polkas, which demand
speed and accuracy. Accordion fans will be very glad to know that
recorded his own outstanding arrangement of ''Lady Of Spain'' on
Capitol records in a Heidt album.
Thanks to the folks at http://www.internationalpolka.com/ who
had inducted Lou into the hall of fame and provided his bio,
above. I was just gonna make stuff up.