Music: Gypsy

If Larry Adler can be highbrow on the harmonica or Andres Segovia on the guitar, what's wrong with an accordion? To prove there was nothing wrong, a slight, pretty accordion player with gold loops in her ears took the stage at Manhattan's staid Town Hall.

Gypsy Markoff, the 27-year-old Town Hall debutante, was after cash as well as kudos. She wanted to begin to pay off some $40,000 in medical bills. She had had 17 operations since the night in 1943 when the Yankee Clipper, filled with U.S.O. entertainers, crashed near Lisbon, leaving her with two paralyzed left-hand fingers.

Gypsy's demonstration was a...

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