Adler, Larry [Lawrence]
- Ivor Beynon
(b Baltimore, Feb 10, 1914; d London, Aug 6, 2001). American harmonica player. He was acknowledged as the first harmonica player to achieve recognition and acceptance in classical musical circles and to have elevated the instrument to concert status. He started playing the harmonica at the age of ten, and as a teenager earned his living in vaudeville theatres in New York. Spotted by the British impresario Sir Charles Cochran in 1934, he moved to London, initially to play in Cochran’s revue Streamline. During World War II he began a long stage collaboration with the dancer Paul Draper, which led to a season at the London Palladium. He also emerged as a classical musician, appearing as a soloist in Sydney and later with the New York PO and other leading orchestras. His ability was recognized by such composers as Vaughan Williams, Milhaud, Gordon Jacob and Malcolm Arnold, all of whom wrote orchestral works with Adler as soloist. He toured extensively and broadcast frequently on radio and television in many countries, and took a keen interest in all aspects of teaching the instrument. Adler wrote scores for a number of films, including ...