Friday, February 16, 2018
Larry Adler on the BBC
Adler had quite a story. Discovered playing for pennies in Times Square, he hit it big in vaudeville, and I mean Big. Famous composers writing things for him to play, kind of big. And no one had ever thought of the harmonica as a serious instrument.
The Commie Fighters turned his name into mud, after he fought back and sued them for libel. But they kept it in court until he ran out of money for lawyers. Couldn't buy a job in the US after that. He moved to England, where at least he could work. And thus to the Goons, where he regularly performed as "Max Geldray".
Probably the greatest harmonica player we'll ever hear. His birthday was Feb 10th.
Larry Adler, 1955: Brazil