21 September 1921
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States
9 September 1985 (aged 63)
Laughton was born in Oklahoma. His parents were both involved with the harp: his mother as a teacher and his father, Charles T. Laughton, as a harp builder. As a young child, he played with his family's orchestra, touring Cuba and Panama. He joined the Oklahoma City Symphony in 1937, hired through the WPA at the minimum age of 15. Harps of the Ancient Temples (Laurel Records, 1978) - "The shimmering, ethereal quality of the harp sings out under loving care." The track 'Pompeii 76 A.D.' from this LP was used in the movie Blade Runner.
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