- Oct 29, 2011
Reminder from: MusicOfTheStars Yahoo! Group Title: 1918: Jerry Adler, harmonica virtuoso, is born. Date: Sunday October 30, 2011 Time: All Day Repeats: This event repeats every year. Location: Baltimore, Maryland. Street: The Music of the Stars with Lou Rugani (WLIP AM 1050) City State Zip: 8500 Green Bay Road, Pleasant Prairie (Kenosha) Wisconsin 53158.. Phone: 262-694-7800 Notes: Born Hilliard Gerald Adler, Jerry Adler never got the same acclaim as his older brother Larry because on movie soundtracks his name, if it appeared at all, was buried somewhere deep in the fine-print credits. Inspired, no doubt, by his brother's example, he began playing the harmonica at a young age. By 13, he had won the same local talent competition as Larry, playing the same piece, Beethoven’s Minuet in G. The prize was to open a week of shows for comedian Red Skelton. Within two years, he was performing in front of King George V at London's Palladium Theatre. When introduced to the King, he reached out to shake hands instead of making the expected bow of deference, which got him blasted in the British tabloids. He moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s and it became his base for the next forty years. His playing first appeared on screen in Frank Capra’s "You Can’t Take it With You" in 1938, and film became the focus of his work for over twenty years. He taught James Stewart and other actors how to mime playing the harmonica and worked as a session musician in numerous films. Among most noteworthy soundtrack performances were on "Pot o' Gold" with Stewart (1941), "Shane", and "The Alamo" (1960). One of his rare on-screen appearances was with Kirk Douglas in "The Juggler" (1953). During the Second World War Adler served in the US Army Air Corps as an entertainer. He toured the Pacific theatre and appeared on stage and on film in Moss Hart's patriotic revue, "Winged Victory." He also performed for troops in the Pacific as part of an entertainment unit called the Winged Pigeons. Beginning in the 1950s, he became a regular performer on the cruise ship circuit, and appeared on the Norwegian and other lines in the Pacific, Caribbean, and Atlantic dozens of times over the next four decades. He retired to Sarasota, Florida, in the mid-1980s and lived there until his death March 13, 2010. He published an autobiography, Living From Hand to Mouth: My Memoir, in 2005. Yahoo! Greetings: Send a Yahoo! Greeting Yahoo! Shopping: Browse Yahoo! Shopping Gift Guide Get reminders on your mobile, Yahoo! Messenger, and email.
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