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Thread #60295 Message #2270254
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
23-Feb-08 - 08:58 AM
Thread Name: Who is/was Larry Mohr ??
Subject: RE: Who is/was Larry Mohr ??
In or around 1955 Odetta Felious and Larry Mohr's act (that's the way they billed it then) at the Tin Angel was briefly featured in a specialty film -- one of those giant screen deals, I'm not sure what the process was called. Not Cinerama obviously, but some similar name.
It was played in movie theaters specially adapted for the process, usually one to each major city (as Omni theaters are today). I saw it at a Philadelphia theater. The screen was huge, on about half Omni scale, unless my memory has enlarged it.
The movie was a sort of miscellaneous travelog around gala entertainment spots in the US, its primary purpose to show off the special big-screen process. Odetta and Larry sang one of the songs off their first fantasy album -- my memory may be wrong, but I think it was "Old Cotton Fields at Home."
Larry was a skinny guy, banjo thrasher and singer in the rousing young-Pete Seeger style of the day. His was the first version of "I'll Tickle Nancy" I ever heard ... sent me to Uncle Dave Macon to hear the original. Another of those one-shot singers who had a moment of fame and then submerged -- whether by his own wish or not. Wonder what his later life was? Bob