Re: [Harp-L] 'moonshiner' movie with great harmonica soundtrack

That would be Tommy Morgan as I recall.. He was and still is the number one call in Hollywood.

Probably the premium example of his work is the sound track to the film, Missouri Breaks. It is basically a concerto for harmonica And orchestra written by John Williams.

If Tommy couldn't make the call he would often give it to Dave Mc Kelvy. His work can be found on episodes of the Dukes of Hazard.

Those of us who were in the Original Harmonica Band with Dave are greatly saddened by his passing.

From Gary Popenoe

On Jan 28, 2008, at 2:52 PM, joseph ginther <flyinginthers@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi all,
On this soundtrack thread, I always dug the backround music from the Rockford files, does anyone know... who is the player? joe g landisville pa

Tom Klingl <tom.klingl@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
 Dear Dave, Richard, list,

It must have been "White Lightning" (thanks, Dave). I did not remember Burt
Reynolds explicitly but I read the plot synopsis on and it suits my memory
of the movie (the harmonica solo when the crooked sheriff drove his car into
the pond... ;-)) ). Music was written by Charles Bernstein...

I looked up Tommy Morgan's website but 'White Lightning' is not listed (although I believe Richard that
he might very well be the player, since the movie was made over 30 years ago
and the list only shows 60 of the over 550 movies). Amazing performance...

Thank you for your help and kind regards

Tom (Berne CH)

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Hunter [mailto:turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 5:40 PM
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx; Tom Klingl
Subject: RE: [Harp-L] 'moonshiner' movie with great harmonica soundtrack

Tom Klingl wrote:

of the movie there was a car chase on country backroads and a
<(the?) sheriff drove

Don't know the name of the movie--try looking it up in You can search by actor, which should help.

Since it was made 20 years or so ago, the odds are very high that Tommy
Morgan did the soundtrack. Tommy's ability to produce stupefyingly
accurate country harmonica on demand is clearly demonstrated in his work
on the soundtrack for "In Pursuit of D.B. Cooper," where he lays down an
amazing Charlie McCoy vibe. And 20 years ago, there were not a lot of
movies with harmonica that Tommy didn't play. He was voted the number
one session player of the year twice in a row by the Los Angeles
Musician's Union local in the 1980's. Think for a minute about who was
playing on that scene in that period--Tommy was voted the number one
SESSION player, not the number one HARP player.

Of course there were plenty of worthy harp players in LA at the time.
But given Tommy's lock on the business, I'd vote for him until someone
can offer a for-sure alternative.

Regards, Richard Hunter
harmonica blog at
Latest mp3s always at

-----Original Message-----
From: David Payne [mailto:dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 3:41 AM
To: Harp L Harp L
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] 'moonshiner' movie with great harmonica soundtrack
(washarp movies)

'm not sure, from what you described, it sounds like "White Lightning" Did
it have Burt Reynolds in it?

Dave Payne Sr.
Elk River Harmonicas, Seydel, Hohner and custom harmonicas
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