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Harmonica music in films? Slightly OT
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Martin
1524 posts
Jan 25, 2019
7:44 AM
I´m sitting in with a band for a few songs this weekend, and the evening´s theme is film music.
Any tips on harmonica stuff, reasonably simple, that I can throw in?
"Midnight cowboy" and "Moon river" are already on the table, as well as part of a soundtrack Toots T did for a Swedish movie back in the 60´s. (You won´t know it if you´re not from this neck of the woods.) Perhaps one more tune is needed.

I was thinking along the lines of something harmonica related, (strong associations to the instrument) and perhaps a bit ... more than those three notes in "Once upon a time in the West".
Doesn´t have to be bluesy, although I´m almost exclusively a diatonic player nowadays and don´t mind "melodic bluesniness" at all.
Flbl
181 posts
Jan 25, 2019
8:55 AM
There's a scene in the original Oceans 11, the one from the 1960s, where Sammy Davis Junior is singing and two guy's are playing harmonica, at least one is a chrome never could tell about the other. The tune seems simple enough.
Gerry
94 posts
Jan 25, 2019
9:08 AM
Ballad of Buster Scruggs
groyster1
3305 posts
Jan 25, 2019
11:03 AM
western with Charles Bronson playing harmonica
Cotton
107 posts
Jan 25, 2019
3:34 PM
From the movie "Rio Bravo"
My Rifle, my Pony and me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxgQnoTjrCY

Last Edited by Cotton on Jan 26, 2019 7:41 AM
SuperBee
5778 posts
Jan 26, 2019
12:02 AM
that one with Bronson is once up a time in the west? although Bronson is shown with a diatonic, ive heard the tune is played on a chromatic. i havent tried to play his part on a diatonic but i saw a conversation where a fellow was saying how it had frustrated him for years until he realised it was a chromatic
Martin
1525 posts
Jan 26, 2019
5:58 AM
Yes, SuperBee, it´s "Once upon a time in the West", and those three notes are played on a chromatic. It´s no bigger deal to fake it on a diatonic -- although he makes some noice with the slide halfway in, IIRC -- but it´s not much of a "tune" to go to town with.
I´m more looking for instrumentals that are sort of spontaneously associated with the harmonica.
SuperBee
5781 posts
Jan 26, 2019
6:22 AM
Yes, I saw you mentioned it in OP, but then Groyster mentioned bronson and I wondered if there was more to it or something else.
I think the theme from the good the bad and the ugly sounds like it should be a harmonica; too bad it isn’t
groyster1
3306 posts
Jan 26, 2019
6:50 AM
@cotton......the movie you are referring to is rio bravo.....dean martin on vocals,ricky nelson on guitar and vocals and walter brennan on harp
Cotton
108 posts
Jan 26, 2019
7:43 AM
Thanks groyster, you are correct.
Flbl
182 posts
Jan 26, 2019
9:14 AM
Harry Dean Stanton did a half, harp half singing bit in the movie Kelly's Hero's, can be found about a 20 min into the movie.

And you could get the whole band to howl like a hound dog at the right moment, should get some laughs.
nacoran
10043 posts
Jan 26, 2019
2:41 PM
It's a simple riff except for maybe being bent to the floor, but I like the short harp sample in the beginning of the AMC show Preacher.

Googled and found an old thread with some more...

http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/board/board_topic/5560960/1880111.htm

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Thievin' Heathen
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Jan 26, 2019
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Lilies of the Field
Thievin' Heathen
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See "Lilies of The Field"
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Why does my Lilies of the Field suggestion keep disappearing?
Bluejay Gordon
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Jan 27, 2019
3:01 PM
"Tuff Enough" by the T-Birds from the movie Tough Guys
"Pick a bale of cotton" from the Jerk featuring Sonny Terry.Check out Tommy Morgan's website for a list of the films he worked on.
jbone
2822 posts
Jan 27, 2019
5:44 PM
Norton Buffalo played harmonica on a ton of stuff, both movie scores and themes for TV series.
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Buzadero
1337 posts
Jan 28, 2019
12:23 PM
Sugar Blue plays a very cool tune on the soundtrack to "Angel Heart". Sorry, it's more a jazz-ish film score type of sound than it is "blues", but it is nice harp work.


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LFLISBOA
41 posts
Jan 28, 2019
7:04 PM
some that I remenber: John Hammond "Little Big Man", Musselwhite "Black Snake Moan", Hugo Diaz "The Counterfeiters", Sonny Terry/John Juke Logan "Crossroads" , Howard Levy "Striptease", and I think "Dances with Wolves" features some harmonica.
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Jan 28, 2019
8:14 PM
"Why does my Lilies of the Field suggestion keep disappearing?"

Spam filter got them. It had been doing so well too. It hadn't gotten anything in a couple weeks.

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Feb 02, 2019
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nowmon
199 posts
Feb 07, 2019
8:31 AM
Was not "Blues Brothers" a movie.....
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Feb 11, 2019
7:59 AM
@nowmon....

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Feb 11, 2019
1:34 PM
http://www.nortonbuffalo.com/discography.html

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