Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rosa Rio (1902-2010)

Rosa Rio, thought to be the last surviving theater organist who performed in the silent-film era, has died. She would have turned 108 on June 2. After the advent of talking pictures, she played for soap operas on radio and television. She resumed playing movie-palace Wurlitzers in the theater-organ revival of recent decades.

An obituary by Margalit Fox in The New York Times: