Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tommy Morgan - Tropicale (1958)

With Warren Barker's arrangements and orchestra behind him, Tommy Morgan achieved a lushness with his harmonica on this classic instrumental exotica record that eluded many other players.

- Click here to view the liner notes to this LP in a new window.

You've heard Tommy Morgan's harmonica, as has most everyone else on the planet at one time or another.

As of this writing, after 50+ years in the business he remains one of the top harmonica session men in Hollywood, and can be heard on countless recordings and on film and television.

In the 1970's, it was his harmonica on The Carpenters'
'Rainy Days And Mondays', while on TV it was his distinctive playing in the themes to 'The Rockford Files' and 'Sanford and Son'.

Back in the '60's, he was on The Hollies' hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', and if you remember that amazing deep harmonica sound in composer Vic Mizzy's incidental background music on 'Green Acres' - - guess what...?

- Click over to Tommy Morgan's website for more info.

From Tommy Morgan's
'Tropicale' LP,
with orchestra conducted by Warren Barker,
(Warner Bros. Records, 1958), Listen to:

Bali Ha'i
Ebb Tide
Moon of Manakoora
Beyond The Reef
The Beach
The High and The Mighty
Off Shore

(click for audio)

- - OR download all 12 monophonic tracks in one 15.7 Mb zipfile.


Timmy said...

So, I guess, after hearing this man's work & never realizing it was performed by the same single individual, I need to, once again, thank you for a very informative, yet entertaining post! I suppose He is the predecessor to Toots Thielman???

Anonymous said...

Great stuff...and thanks much but....
64 Kbps?......cmon Music of this quality deserves least.

The In Crowd said...

Hi Timmy - -

Thanks, happy to inform and entertain.

As to Toots Thielemans, I'd say they're contemporaries, actually. They both began their careers right around the same time, give or take a year or two.

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