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Gilbert

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The Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to Juan Villarreal and
conjunto pioneer Paulino Bernal
2012 Hohner Medal
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Hohner presented LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS to Juan Villarreal and Paulino Bernal for their incredible contribution to Norteño and Tejano music. “Paulino Bernal is a pioneer and a true legend who changed the course of accordion music. There will never be another Paulino Bernal,” commented Juan Villarreal. Juan Villarreal has been in the music business for over 40 years and has become an icon in the norteño music scene with his unique style and originality.

When Hohner was celebrating its 100th Anniversary (55 years ago), Hohner commissioned this 3" commemorative bronze medal made by the Medallic Art Company (Medallic Art Co has been around for 100 years) that was located in New York at the time. In 1957, Hohner's main office was located in New York, NY. These medals were presented to distributors (?) and there is no record on how many were made. I contacted the Medallic Art Company now located in NV, and they found the old dies from 1957. They don't know how many were made but they did state that a key chain was also made.  The medal at the bottom of this page was presented to Sol Levy. I found it on eBay in 2008.

After some research, an employee at Hohner who has been with the company for many years, thought that he remembered the name. He made a few calls and sure enough, he spoke to the grandson of Sol Levy. Apparently Mr. Levy founded the National Wholesale Company out of Baltimore back in the 1920s. He was a good friend of the Hohner family. According to Mr. Levy's grandson, right at the start of WWII, his grandfather was in Germany purchasing harmonicas. Hohner was so concerned with Mr. Levy's safety, that they drove him to the airport to make sure he got on the plane including the merchandise that he purchased. Right after this, Hohner stopped manufacturing harmonicas due to the war effort, and Mr. Levy found himself to be the only distributor in the US to have harmonicas in stock. He was very concerned about this, and eventually had the harmonicas locked up in a walk-in safe. I was fortunate in purchasing this old medal and it is currently on display in my office in Glen Allen, Virginia.


Hohner Factory Courtyard 1951 Trossingen, Germany - LR:  Ernest Hohner, Sol Levy (Baltimore), Dr. Karl Hohner, and Walter Hohner

1957 Hohner Medal presented to Sol Levy

 


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Great! Well said Gilbert; these men deserve to be honored for their contribution to accordion music.  They have inspired many people to try to learn the accordion.  Myself included.
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AWSOME ARTICLE!  I AGREE THAT THESE TWO GENTLEMAN MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO ACCORDION MUSIC AND INSTRUMENTAL POLKAS, HUAPANGOS, CHOTIZ, REDOVAS, ETC.  I NOMINATE OSCAR HERNANDEZ TO BE RECOGNIZED NEXT FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION AND HIGHLY VIRTUOUSO ACCORDION PLAYING ABILITY.
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Awesome!!  I nominate Steve Jordan!
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Check out dem coins!!!
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