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Old Harmonica Favourites - Part 2 - Quartets, Trios, Duos and Soloists

Old Harmonica Favourites - Part 2 - Quartets, Trios, Duos and Soloists

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.


Leo Bercoff

Nice to find myself in this compilation! It's at the very close end (42:09). The recording was made in 1972, in Rosario (Santa Fe, Argentina) by Walter Gomez and 10 children/teenagers playing mostly chromatic harmonica. I was 9 years old and was my first time entering a recording studio. Almost 30 years later, I built up my own: El Caldero ( Thanks for your uploading!

Ben Hewlett

Top work Roger - once again! Thank you for your efforts spreading the word about our amazing little instrument.

AL Smith
AL Smith

Enjoyed every minute of this program. I was seriously grieved when we lost Henry Samuels and Richard Hayman recently. I had not heard the Polka Dots since i was a teenager.

Gautam Choudhury

Brilliant ! Thanks for sharing and taking us back to those wonderful days of Harmonica.