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Golden Age of the Harmonica on BBC Radio  - 1950 to 1960

Golden Age of the Harmonica on BBC Radio - 1950 to 1960

Playing tracks by

Light Programme, Workers Playtime, Tommy Reilly, Educating Archie, Ronald Chesney and more.

Imagine you are back in the 1950s. Tune your AM Radio to the BBC and listen . The harmonica was heard in many radio comedies, variety and serious music shows in the 1950s.

Here are some examples featuring Tommy Reilly, Larry Adler, Ronald Chesney, Max Geldray, The Morton Fraser Gang and The Three Monarchs. Shows mentioned include Dixon of Dock Green, The Grove Family, The Navy Lark, Educating Archie, The Goon Show, Workers' Playtime, and Variety Bandbox.

Tommy Reilly and Larry Adler were also performing classical music, written
specifically for harmonica, with orchestras at this time.


Nick Smee
Nick Smee

The Chromatic on the Light Programme was like mothers' milk to us 50's kids, hanging round the wireless set. It was one of life's hidden constants - who'd have guessed that it would become so evocative in years to come? An enjoyable listen, thanks.

Radio ZOO
Radio ZOO


Anthony Craven

Very nostalgic and enjoyable

Jonathan Khoo

Such beautiful songs played by harp. Wish I could download it.

AL Smith
AL Smith

I enjoyed the program very much. It was the first Time I had ever heard the legendary Three Monarchs. Al Smith