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[on Ira Gershwin] When Paul Draper and I were starting out on our first concert tour - I was to play, and he to dance - I was living out in California, about three blocks away from Ira. The day I was to leave by train to meet Paul in Denver for our first engagement, I was pretty nervous, as you can imagine. The doorbell rang. It was Ira. he handed me a package, In it was some formal dresswear. ...
Along with fellow American John Sebastian (father of the same named folk-rock performer), Adler was responsible for the harmonica, or mouth organ, becoming accepted in serious musical circles. Such distinguished composers as Darius Milhaud
, Ralph Vaughan Williams
, and Cyril Scott, wrote works especially for him, and Maurice Ravel
was so impressed with his arrangement of Ravel's "Bolero" for ...