[Harp-L] Re: New Heavenly Blue
Now that’s a flash from the past...
Mike Hines wrote:
I need a bit of help from some of you more advanced players if
possible. I'm trying to learn a song by a group called "New
Heavenly Blue". Song is "My heart's at the cleaners". There is some
modulation in there and although i think i know where the harp part
is going, i can't seem to get there from here. I believe the song
modulates from A to something like F# diminished/coagulated etc.
Any and all help greatly appreciated. this tune's stuck in my head
and i gotta learn it.
Back in 1970 I was the 21 year old harmonica player in the band “New
Heavenly Blue.” Our first record, EDUCATED HOMEGROWN, was recorded
in the summer of 1970 at the RCA studios in Chicago and released
later that year on RCA Records. The medley of “My Heart’s at the
Cleaners” and “The Real McCoy” was on that first New Heavenly Blue LP.
The “Hearts at the Cleaners” part of the song was in the key of E,
played in second position on an A harmonica. In the instrumental
section (the Real McCoy section) of the medley we modulated to the
key of A which I played in second position on a D harmonica. At the
bridge it goes to F# minor (the relative minor of A) and I continued
playing on a D harmonica. So on the bridge I was playing in fifth
position. (At that time I had no idea that fifth position was called
It was my idea to put “The Real McCoy” into that medley. Even back
in 1970 I was a huge fan of Charlie McCoy. His Record THE REAL MCCOY
was released the year before (1969) so I was probably the first
person to record a cover version of that song.
Peace & Joy,
Peter Madcat Ruth
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