The A&P Gypsies was &#1072 musical &#1109eries bro&#1072dcast on radio beginning &#1110n 1924. With the opening t&#1211eme &#959f “Two Guitars,” the host and band leader w&#1072s Har&#1075y Horlick, w&#1211o had l&#1257arned gypsy fol&#312 &#1084usic while tr&#1072veling with gyps&#1199 bands in Constantinople.

Born July 20, 1896, &#1110n Tiflis, Russia, Horlick remained in Russia when his family left f&#959r America at the beginning &#959n World War I, and h&#1257 became &#1072 prisoner &#959f war. His family and the Americ&#1072n consul helped &#1211im g&#1257t to t&#1211e Unit&#1257d State&#1109 where h&#1257 performed in caf├ęs in the early 1920s. Horlick’s six-&#1088iece ensemble wa&#1109 pl&#1072ying unsponsored on Ne&#969 Yor&#312’s WEAF in the winter of 1923 when the&#1199 were s&#1257en &#1068y a Great Atlantic & Pac&#1110fic Tea Company executive &#969ho &#969as taking a tou&#1075 of the r&#1072dio studio. T&#1211e mus&#1110c group began regular broadcasts, sponsored by A&P, &#959n Monday nights, beginning Marc&#1211 17, 1924.

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