ORGANIST PEARL WHITE REMEMBERED ON HER CENTENNIAL
Though not often heard these days the orginal installation Wurlitzer pipe organ at Shea’s is legendary for its room-filling sound.
Here the roof gets blown off the place by Pearl White, the diminutive dynamo who started playing in Chicago theatres while still in her teens in the late 1920’s.
Thanks to Chicago area organist and long-time Pearl White admirer Dennis Scott for posting this on Youtube and to THS member Tom DeLay for bringing it to our attention:
“This performance was recorded at Shea’s Buffalo in 1964, during the American Theatre Organ Enthusiasts (now Society) national convention. The crowd went wild for her “double stuff” a rhythm pattern she came up with while cutting piano rolls. October 26, 2010 would have been her 100th birthday. Happy Century, Pearl! ”