German guitarist, bass player, and all-round musician Ladi Geisler has anonymously contributed to thousands of popular studio recordings and hundreds of world-wide Top Ten hits, quietly becoming one of the most versatile instrumentalists of the post-war German music scene and an approachable legend in his own country. Miloslav Ladislav Geisler was born in November 1927 in Prague, son of the director of an electrical company, who had ambitions for his son to join him in that profession. His father paid for violin lessons, and young Ladi proved to be a quick student; he began teaching himself trumpet as well; but fate and Adolf Hitler intervened. He became a German in 1938, when Hitler annexed the Sudetenland, and then, in 1943 the Nazis, desperate for combat troops, drafted the 15-year-old boy into the Luftwaffe, where he was trained to ...
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