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Here is a bit of fun for the Christmas Holiday. It appeared in the Dec/Jan issue of the NHL magazine Harmonica World. The answers will be in the Feb/March issue of the magazine, and then on this page. There is no prize - just warm feeling of smug self-satisfaction.

  • 01 - What is the top selling mass produced musical instrument.
  • 02 - When was the harmonica first made in Europe.
  • 03 - When was the Hohner Marine Band design patented.
  • 04 - What is the Little Lady.
  • 05 - Who formed The Harmonica Rascals in the 1927.
  • 06 - Who recorded harmonica music in the UK in 1929.
  • 07 - Whose first film appearance was in Many Happy Returns in 1934.
  • 08 - Who played the lead on the 1948 recording Peg O’My Heart.
  • 09 - Who wrote and played the music for the radio series The Navy Lark.
  • 10 - Who was the father of blues harp in the UK.
  • 11 - Who played harmonica on Frank Ifield’s 1962 hit I Remember You.
  • 12 - Who was The Rolling Stones original harp player.
  • 13 - Who plays the harmonica music on Rockford Files, (BBC2 Saturday pm)
  • 14 - Whose real names were Manny Fish, Saunders Terrell, Alex Miller.
  • 15 - What do Lonnie Glosson and Ronald Chesney have in common.
  • 16 - Who played harmonica on Millie’s My Boy Lollipop.
  • 17 - What links Sonny Terry and Cham’Ber Huang.
  • 18 - What links Sesame Street and Midnight Cowboy.
  • 19 - Which UK children’s TV show features harmonica on the theme.
  • 20 - Who did Vaughan-Williams, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Michael Spivakovsky write classical music for.
  • 21 - Whose records inspired the Beatles to include harmonica.
  • 22 - Who played the latest Auf Wiedersehen Pet TV theme with Mark Knopfler.
  • 23 - Identify these two popular pieces of harmonica music.

  • (a)     
    (b)     
  • 24 - Which two famous harmonica players played on Paul Simon’s recordings.
  • 25 - Which of the four famous UK chromatic soloists in the 1950s was English.
  • 26 - Which UK bluesman played chromatic harmonica, guitar and piano in 70s.

The Christmas Quiz - Answers ?

I hope you had some fun with these questions. If you think of any good ones for next year, please send them into the editor. I will number the questions next time.

  • 01 - The harmonica sells most.
  • 02 - Production started around 1830.
  • 03 - The MB Patent dates from 1896.
  • 04 - A Hohner 4 hole harmonica.
  • 05 - Borrah Minevitch formed them.
  • 06 - Donald Davidson recorded many 78s for the Beltona Label from this time. Please let me know of any more other than Larry Adler who recorded in the early thirties.
  • 07 - Larry Adler appeared in the film.
  • 08 - Al Fiore (chord). Over 20 million copies of PEG were sold
  • 09 - Tommy Reilly did the Navy Lark theme and he plays it on the new Harmonica 2003 festival video.
  • 10 - Cyril Davies is usually credited with starting the UK blues harp boom with his work with Alexis Korner in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It probably flowered in a few other places as well.
  • 11 - Harry Pitch had to tour with Frank following his success with this song and its harmonica riff.
  • 12 - Brian Jones was the first, but Mick Jagger, as the singer, soon took over.
  • 13 - Tommy Morgan did the music for the Rockwood Files, and about 300 other Hollywood sountracks.
  • 14 - The stage names were Morton Fraser, Sonny Terry, and Sonny Boy Williamson 2.
  • 15 - Both Lonnie and Ronnie were well known for their Talking Harmonica routines. Frank Eatwell suggested Salty Holmes.
  • 16 - Paul Hogman - not Rod Stewart.
  • 17 - Both play with the low notes on the right of the harmonica. One on diatonic, the other on chromatic.
  • 18 - Both themes were played by Toots Thielemann.
  • 19 - Roobarb and Custard. You can hear the evidence here.
  • 20 - Larry Adler, John Sebastian, and Tommy Reilly.
  • 21 - John Lennon is thought to have been inspired by Bruce Chanel hit record of “Hey Baby”.
  • 22 - Brendan Power played on the theme of the 2003 programmes.
  • 23 - (a) Juke and (b) Danny Boy.
  • 24 - Kim Wilson on “The Obvious Child”, and Charlie McCoy played bass harmonica on “The Boxer”,
  • 25 - Ronald Chesney. The others were American, Canadian and Dutch.
  • 26 - The talented Duster Bennett.



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