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’
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
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