Irving Seigel was a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin. His parents were
not well off, so he had to be patient when he developed an interest
in music as his parents couldn't readily get him an instrument. When
he was seven though, his parents got him an accordion which had six keys
and one bass. When he got to be nine years old, he got one with 10 keys
and 2 basses. He started off playing in his father's tavern and his
talent kept improving judging by the tips he'd get.
When he was twelve years old, he got yet another new accordion. This
one had 21 keys and 16 basses. But it wasn't until 1927, when he was about
15 years old, that he got the accordion that he really wanted - having 34
piano keys and 60 basses. He was in 8th grade that year. In high school,
he did some serious studying to perhaps be a cartoonist.
Irv's travels took him throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He
was said to have written hundreds of songs, too (none were mentioned however).
Mr. Seigel had appeared on radio stations such as:
- and more
Irving worked with a variety of acts during those years. These included:
The Oklahoma Cowboys,National Radio Jamboree, Texas Ramblers, Ozark
Mountaineers, Slim Mays, Ernest Tubb, Texas Slim, Hollywood Serenaders,
Crago Players, Army Camp Shows, Buddy Williams, Pappy Jones, Doc
Schneiders Texans, Franky Marino, Smokey Davis, Carlisle Brothers,
Jack Pierce, Otis and Eleanor, Peanut Shelton and others.
In 1948, he was appearing as a solo act and had apparently moved back to
his home state. He was working at the Chula Vista Hotel at Wisconsin Dells,
Credits & Sources
- Jamboree Magazine; October 1948; Western Song Club; Ventura, CA.
- Portions of Discography Listing courtesy of Hillbilly
Reasearcher Team; Tricker, Turner and Sax