Larry Adler, All Mouth Organ



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Nick Baker pays tribute to virtuoso musician Larry Adler.

Nick Baker explores the remarkable life of virtuoso musician Larry Adler.

Larry Adler's achievement was to take the harmonica, until then thought of as a children's toy, onto the concert stages of the world. He did this with a parallel career as a celebrity, a raconteur, writer and funny man.

This celebration of his work includes rare archive and new contributions from broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, author Michael Freedland along with musician Philip Achille and those close to him.

* "The Adler Archives" - A selection of hidden gems.

* "Nice Work if You Can Get It (part one) - The Tin Sandwich"

Russell Davies explores Adler's early days in Baltimore, tours of the United States and how his virtuoso harmonica playing inspired composers. Originally broadcast in 2001

* "Deconstructing Larry"

A brand new programme sees Nick Baker attempting to unravel the mercurial world of the infamous mouth organist.

* "Blow Suck - The World's Most Successful Instrument

Nick Baker traces the history of the harmonica. First broadcast in 1987

* "Nice Work if You Can Get It (part two) - It Ain't Necessarily So"

Russell Davies concludes his series on Adler with more anecdotes and musical tales. Originally broadcast in 2001

Producer: Stephen Garner

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in June 2016.