Lawrence Cecil Adler, 10 February 1914, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 6 August 2001, London, England. Adler preferred to be described simply as a mouth organist - yet he was arguably the most accomplished and celebrated exponent of the instrument there has ever been. Of Russian heritage, his orthodox Judaism gave him the opportunity to train in religious music, and he became a cantor at the age of 10. He sang, and learned to play the piano and mouth organ by ear from listening to phonograph records, and could not actually read music until 1941. After being expelled from the Peabody Conservatory of Music for playing Yes, We Have No Bananas instead of the scheduled classical piece, he won the Maryland harmonica championship in 1927. Shortly afterwards, he ran away to New York and joined one of the Paramount units, playing in movie theatres between features. He was also presented as a ragged urchin (just in from the street,...