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A Celebration of the life and career of Nick DeCaro

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

An open house reception in the Library & Archives celebrating the life and career of Nick DeCaro (1938-1992)


Thursday, September 20th 6p.m. 


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library & Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland OH 


This event is FREE with a reservation. To RSVP, visit


This event will be an “open house” reception in the Library & Archives reading room and will celebrate the life and career of Nick DeCaro (1938-1992). DeCaro was an arranger, producer, accordionist, and songwriter who worked with many artists throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including the Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, and James Taylor. He was a close friend of Tommy LiPuma, and the two grew up and played music together in Cleveland. In 2016, with the help of LiPuma, the Rock Hall received a donated collection from DeCaro’s family that includes handwritten arrangements and lyrics, sheet music, photographs, and documents related to his career, as well as the accordion DeCaro played on many recordings, including the Rolling Stones’ “Back Street Girl.”


As part of our NEO Sound initiative, this event will be open to the public, and visitors will be welcome to arrive any time between 6:00pm and 7:30pm. RSVPs will not be required but encouraged. Visitors will see materials from DeCaro’s collection on display, hear the music he was involved in making, and learn about his life and career. Light refreshments will be served.  


The Rock Hall’s Library & Archives is located at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Tri-C. This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum.


Free parking will be available in Lots 5 and 6 of the parking garage.  Metered parking spaces are also available on the street in front of the building or around the block.  Signage will be posted directing visitors to the event.