LARRY ADLER DIES

The star passes away peacefully in London ageed 87...

Veteran harmonica player LARRY ADLER has died aged 87.

According to BBC news, Adler, who was regarded as one of the greatest harmonica players of his generation, died peacefully at St Thomas’s Hospital in London last night (August 6). He is said to have been fighting cancer.

Adler’s career lasted over 70 years, with the self-taught musician starting his professional career at the age of 14.

Following his death, manager Jonathan Shalit said: “Only three weeks ago we were talking about him doing a concert in China. He was very active until the end, that was one of the things which made him such a remarkable man.

“He was without doubt one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century and the world is a poorer place without him. “

One of Adler’s last recordings was a version of the Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett hit ‘Young At Heart’ – which featured Catatonia vocalist Cerys Matthews on vocals. She was backed by a 16-piece orchestra and the late harmonica ace.

Speaking at the time, Matthews said: “Of course I’m a fan of Larry. You’d have to be deaf not to be. I prefer older men!”

He is survived by four children, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.