Larry Adler was the first harmonica superstar. He was born in 1914 and he took the chromatic harmonica onto the concert stage and into films, playing popular and classical music.
This recording was made in 1998 for the BBC when Larry was 84. Larry Adler’s Century was broadcast as seven weekly programmes but Larry produced an edited version on a tape cassette which he gave to his fans.
Larry was an entertainer in the full sense of the word and he enjoyed playing the harmonica, writing in magazines and appearing on radio and TV shows. He had a fantastic knowledge of classical and popular music and would play with anyone, anywhere.
Here he talks about his life and plays some of his recordings.