Playing tracks by
Polka Dots, Dick Hayman, Luciano, Morton Frazer Gang, Morton Frazer and more.
These popular harmonica group favourites from the 1940s and 50s are from a large collection of recordings assembled by John Bryan (1924-2014) who built up contacts and friendships around the world who exchanged music with him. This broadcast covers tracks from many groups and soloists. Some of the tunes are from the period of the musicians' recording ban in the 1940s. Harmonica players had not been allowed to join the Musicians' Union and so were brought in to accompany singers. As a result of their success harmonica players were finally admitted to the MU. See also Part 1.