Tributes to our friend Merv Conn (Feb. 19, 1920 - Dec. 20, 2011)

You Made Us Love You!

Merv was such an important figure in our club. He participated in every event that he could. He would willingly play anywhere we asked. If we requested that he greet people as they came into our Christmas concert or play during dinner, he would gladly do either.

He was also a constant teacher. He saw the potential player in everyone and was always encouraging and correcting your playing. He made you feel like you could be a great star player. He was always happy to see you and greeted you like he was waiting to see you his whole life. Always made you feel like you were the only one in the room with him. He had that magic about him.

He will be missed. But we will remember him with uplifted hearts, knowing that he got every ounce out of life that he could squeeze.

I know he is playing his accordion wherever he is, and we will always be able to hear it as we pause and listen and remember him.

-- Karen Malan-Uribe

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Dedication of Merv Conn Way - NEW DATE!

The dedication of “Merv Conn Way” will take place Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 3 pm, at 8830 Cameron Street in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the unveiling of the Merv Conn Way street sign, and light refreshments. In addition, WMAS will perform a couple of Merv’s favorites: “You Made Me Love You” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” 

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I just wanted to let you know it means so much to me to honor Merv. I was fortunate enough to study with him for years and to become friends.  He was an important part of my life.  I would love to be a part of the ceremony.  Thank you.

Steve Albertini

Read Joan Grauman's tribute at

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I was a student of Merv Conn 20 years ago, and I never forgot the many things I learned from him. Not only did he give me accordion lessons, he gave me lessons on life.

I admired the spirit and enthusiasm he had when teaching me the accordion, music, and life. He was a true showman. He was always ready to entertain, no matter the occasion or size of his audience.

My favorite Merv Conn memories include:

Merv’s appearances on the Don and Mike Show, way back when they had their morning show on WAVA.

Merv bringing me to his synagogue with his son Robert to watch a delightful performance of Jewish cantors.

Merv singing and playing the accordion.

Merv’s movie premier screening of “The Legend of Merv Conn”, and seeing his name in lights on the Silver Spring Theatre marquee.

-- Linda Immler

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So sorry to hear that of his passing, and my prayers will be with his family. He made the world so much happier with his music. I am so glad I got to hear him.

-- Juliette Tahar

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We will have fond memories of Merv. He provided all of us with many memorable moments and he will always be remembered for his great wit and his unique style of strolling accordion entertainment. May he rest in peace.

Condolences to his daughter who was always helpful and taking lots of pictures at AAMS festivals of years past.

-- Lenny Feldmann

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I just returned from Canada last night and was saddened to learn the the news about Merv. He will be missed by all who knew him. Merv was a one of a kind and such a wonderful person. I was happy to have known him.

-- Ron Onda

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Sorry to hear about Merv. I think you could really say he was one of the "giants" of accordion and a really nice person. Please convey my condolences to his family.

-- Bernie Schenkler

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I believe I met Merv in 2007 at a WMAS meeting. I played a song. I think he played something too. After the performanes I saw Merv and said "hi." He replied to me "you're pretty good," to which I said "you're pretty good, too." He then said "but I can make you better." He talked me into trying some lessons with him. At my first lesson he asked me "are you married?" I said "no" to which he replied "Why not? You should suffer like the rest of us!"

Merv was quite an entertainer. He had a good sense of humor. I wish I had gotten to know him better and to take more lessons from him.

-- Michael B. Rubin


Joan Grauman's tribute to Merv on is at

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The Washington Post obituary is at

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A mention of Merv in John Kelly's Metro section column:

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