Harp Master Eddie Gordon Dies

Eddie Gordon, father of Jenny Lewis and the harmonica master who taught John Lennon to play the instrument, died in Fresno, Calif., May 2 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was an influential harp player who appeared many times on “The Ed Sullivan Show” as well as numerous television and film soundtracks.

In addition to his fame as a player, Gordon helped develop and market a harmonica synthesizer in wide use today. He was 69.