Larry Adler raised the mouth-organ from children’s toy and music-hall turn to big time film and show business. He appeared alongside Eddie Cantor, Fred Astaire, George Gershwin; he played at special performances for President Roosevelt, the King of Sweden and the Prince of Wales. He toured with Jack Benny and Ingrid Bergman during the war. Then came McCarthyism and the destruction of his career. He moved to England and continued into journalism, and was nominated for an Oscar for his film score of Genevieve. Billie Holliday once remarked of his talent: “Man, you don’t play that f***ing thing, you SING it!” Autographed by Larry Adler.
It Ain’t Necessarily So: Larry Adler
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