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Joe Roberts Sr. began his love affair with the music business in 1937 at the age of 16 when he opened Jolie Music on Kings Highway in Brookyln. Already an accomplished accordionist at 17, he moved to California to pursue his career as a performer. In 1945, after serving his country during World War II entertaining the troops as a member of the USO, he returned to the states and settled in Stamford. With his partner Peter Mala he opened J & P Accordion Headquarters, which became Connecticut Music in 1949 after Peter was tragically killed in a car accident. With his new partner Ray Taranto, a renowned band instrument repair technician, they forged a personal and professional relationship that spanned some 35 years until they retired in 1984. Joe’s sons, Joe Jr., Pete and Mike purchased the store in 1984. Joe Sr. continued to come to the store everday until he passed away in 2013 at 93 years old.

J&P Accordion

J & P Accordion.
Joe Roberts Sr. & Peter Mala.

Joe Sr. & Ray

Ray Taranto (left) & Joe Roberts Sr. (right) at the Park Row store.

Accordion World

Accordion World from May 1952 featuring Joe Roberts Sr. on the cover.

Joe Sr. in Bedford Street store

Joe Sr. at the Bedford Street store.

DiMarizio visits the Bedford Street store

Joe Jr. (left) and Mike (right) with Larry DiMarzio (center).

Seymour Duncan visits the store

Joe Jr. (left) and Mike (center) with Seymour Duncan (right) and his Tele.

The Roberts Family.

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Front to back: Joe Sr., Pete, Mike & Joe Jr.