Four soloists were mainly responsible for rise in the popularity of the chromatic harmonica in the 1930s, 40s and 50s – Larry Adler, John Sebastian, Ronald Chesney and Tommy Reilly. They were all entertainers and the music they played came from musical shows, classical music and folk music. This programme is introduced by Larry Adler and it contains examples of the music they all recorded on 78rpm records.
There were other performers and they will be featured on future broadcasts.
Major Chromatic Harmonica Soloists.
1 , Ruth Etting , If I could be with you , 0:00
2 , Larry Adler , Smoke gets in your eyes , 0:30
3 , John Sebastian , Ritual Fire Dance , 4:00
4 , Ronald Chesney , Whispering/Margie , 7:15
5 , Tommy Reilly , Can anyone explain, Autumn Leaves , 10:17
6 , Larry Adler, Claire de Lune , 13:15
7 , John Sebastian , Maiden with the Flaxen Hair , 16:20
8 , Ronald Chesney , Fantasie Impromptu , 18:20
9 , Tommy Reilly , Traumerie , 21:35
10 , Larry Adler , Body and Soul , 24:00
11 , John Sebastian , Malaguena , 27:07
12 , Ronald Chesney , Volare , 30:36
13 , Tommy Reilly , Jealousy , 32:57
14 , Larry Adler , Bolero , 35:40
15 , John Sebastian , The Harmonica Player , 39:08
16 , Ronald Chesney , The Flight of the Bumble Bee , 40:49
17 , Tommy Reilly , Hora Staccato , 42:57