The Brian and Danielle Show


Episode 14: The Tommy Morgan Sessions

October 16, 2013

Danielle, Tommy & Brian

He's arguably the most famous harmonica player in the known universe, having been heard in more than 900 movies and countless television shows and commercials. Join us for our interview with music legend Tommy Morgan. With 7,300 recordings under his belt (and counting), you've surely heard his work in such movies as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Toy Story 3" (Just call him "one-take Tommy."), or on such rock albums as The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds," or on four of his own albums. His harmonica-playing can be heard in the familiar opening to The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays" and on the beloved TV themes to "Green Acres," "The Rockford Files" and "Sanford and Son." Still in demand after six decades in the industry, Tommy shares studio stories from jobs with everyone from Brian Wilson to Quincy Jones to Barbra Streisand and even the kids on "American Idol: Season 4". He also tells us why harmonica is fast becoming a lost art. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind peek into music history. (And frankly, we hope the establishment takes note. That means you, "CBS Sunday Morning," "60 Minutes," Hollywood Walk of Fame and The Kennedy Center Honors: We think THIS is a guy you should be honoring!) From his role in Hollywood's most famous films and TV shows, to familiar commercials and hit music, we're sure you'll agree that Tommy Morgan is a star in the very best sense of the word. 

That's what 50 pounds of harmonicas looks like. About 70 instruments in there.

The master shows us how he plays a bass harmonica, which provides the signature sound you know from The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds"