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Ralph Zumpano worked in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, LeBlanc plant most of his professional career. Ralph married Vito Pascucci’s sister and was alongside Vito from the very beginning of the opening of LeBlanc in the United States in 1947.

Barry Zweig has played jazz guitar professionally since he was a teenager. His passion for music is as clear as the smile on his face, and the great style he has contributed to music has graced recordings and live performances since the 1960s. Among his most noted gigs were recordings with Buddy Rich, Herb Albert, Ray Anthony and Frank Capp, among others.

Buckwheat Zydeco redefined and popularized the Cajun Zydeco movement in America and around the World. In doing so, he brought positive attention to the accordion. The instrument’s reputation had suffered greatly beginning in the late 1960s; however, pockets of creative and innovative musicians fought to change that. One such performer was Clifton Chenier.