Thursday, April 20, 2017


Harmonica player Eddy Manson steps into the generally-uncrowded "Hi-Fi stereo harmonica" genre with fairly satisfying results. My google-fu fails me in narrowing down the date of this LP to anything more accurate than "early 60's."

Eddy Lawrence Manson, a harmonica virtuoso who composed for television and films, died on July 12 at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif. He was 77 and lived in Hollywood.
Mr. Manson began performing at 15 with Borrah Minnevitch's Harmonica Rascals. He toured with the U.S.O. in World War II and often appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the 1950's. He also performed with Mitch Miller's orchestra.
He wrote scores for such early television shows as "Armstrong Circle Theater," "Kraft Theater" and "Studio One." More recently he wrote scores for "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" and "Eye on the Sparrow." He also composed for series, including "Ben Casey" and "The Virginian."
His feature film work included writing and playing a harmonica score for the 1953 film "The Little Fugitive" as well as writing the scores for "Lovers and Lollipops" (1956) and "Three Bites of the Apple" (1967). His harmonica work was part of the music for "Coal Miner's Daughter," "The Longest Day" and "Born on the Fourth of July."
His concert works included "Fugue for Woodwinds," "Parable for 16 Horns" and "Yankee Doodle Toccata." He was also president of Eddy Manson Productions, an award-winning producer of television commercials.
Mr. Manson was widowed twice.
He is survived by a son, David, of Los Angeles, a producer and director; a sister, Lilyan Robbins, of Palm Desert, Calif., and a granddaughter.

Eddy Manson-Ping Pong Percussion and the Harmonica
 Promenade 2230

A1Wish You Were Here
A2 Slaughter On 10th Avenue Theme
A3 I Love You
A4 In The Still Of The Night
A5 Ciribiribin
A6 Jumping Jack
B1 Old Devil Moon
B2 September Song
B3 La Paloma
B4 Yellow Rose Of Texas
B5 Cheyenne
B6 Nellie Bly


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