Remembering Larry-Douglas Embury

Remembering Larry-Douglas Embury

I have held off writing about Larry due to the extraordinary circumstances of the disposition of his body and funeral services. He died at home on February 19. You may read and watch below some of the story. It is by far preferable to remember him as the vibrant pianist and organist that he was for fifteen years at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. He was almost entirely responsible for the tradition, now firmly established, of having the organ played every time the theatre was open. In my opinion, this is his most valuable legacy.

He was open to talking about and demonstrating the “Mighty Mo,” the IV/42 Möller (1929) that is the pride of the theatre. I offer a video at the bottom of this post that shows Larry talking about the organ to school children in October of last year. You should know also that he was a world-class cocktail pianist. He could play tune after tune with subtle bridges for more than an hour without boring a room of chatty patrons. He could play most tunes in existence; I never asked for one he didn’t know.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Laura Shore on the GoFundMe page listed below.

February 20, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Longtime Fox Theatre organist ‘will be greatly missed’

Obituary

Longtime Fox Theatre organist Larry-Douglas Embury had a penchant for panache. He favored sequined tuxedos and bright red shoes, welcoming regular Fox Theatre guests with a smile and a first name. He knew wielding the power of “Mighty Mo,” the venue’s massive, iconic organ, was a musician’s dream. And he enjoyed every second of it.

“He was a very flashy kind of performer,” Fox Theatre President and CEO Allan Vella said Saturday. The Fox’s organist in residence since 2002, Embury died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at his home. His age was unknown.

February 20, Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre Statement on the Passing of Larry-Douglas Embury

March 7, gofundme.com
Larry-Douglas Embury, Fox Theatre

March 10, WJBF News
Larry-Douglas Embury, Fox Theatre Organist Body Unclaimed

Turn up the volume and listen carefully to this mobile phone video made of Larry in October 2015 at the console of Mighty Mo in the Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

April News, Larry Davis, Atlanta Theatre Organ Society
Making Dreams Come True

Please add your memories below so that we may all share them.

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5 Responses to Remembering Larry-Douglas Embury

  1. I received word on Twitter that services for Larry will be held at the Fox Theatre on April 19th at 6:00 PM, Tuesday. It’s at 660 Peachtree St NE in Atlanta. Thanks, Brittany @ARCvolbrittany, one of Larry’s relatives in Canada.

  2. Brittany says:

    New website address Official website of Larry-Douglas Embury
    https://duoarts2.com/

    Also I am collect all of his music to add to the website
    if you have anything please email me Thank you.

  3. The ONLY OFFICIAL AND FAMILY SANCTIONED WEBSITE FOR LARRY-DOUGLAS EMBURY IS IN THE SAME LOCATION IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN http://duoarts.com. The site listed above is a copycat and not the official site at all.

    • Joan, I understand. The other site, duoarts2, has sound files and offers recordings. Now, I don’t know whether they actually have CDs to ship, but my guess is that they have access to the stock at the Fox. FWIW, the claimed label of “official” is meaningless to me and most other organ fans, so I wouldn’t worry. I encourage you to add more content to your site, and Google with reward you with higher search results. You’re already pretty high up!

  4. David Diffenderfer says:

    Larry was my organ instructor way back in the 1970s. I followed him at Santa Clara Pizza and Pipes and also Daily City. I intended to see him in Atlanta now that I am in Pennsylvania but never made it. He is sorely missed.

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