A prolific harmonica player and studio musician, he played in seven different decades. Morgan may be the world’s most listened to harmonica player.
American harmonica player Tommy Morgan has died at the age of 89, says the entertainment media Variety. The musician, who played on the soundtracks of countless films, television shows and commercials, died on June 23.
The career of a prolific harmonica player and studio musician started already in the early 1950s. Working in seven different decades, Morgan is estimated to have played in over 7,000 studio sessions. The reading is so great that Morgan might be the world’s most listened-to harmonica player.
There are several hundreds of movies alone, according to Morgan’s website more than 900. The most famous of them are Kevin Costner’s directed western film Dances with Wolves, Godfather– the third part of the movie, a boxing movie Eye of the Tiger – Rocky III, F. Scott Fitzgerald – filming The Incredible Life of Benjamin Buttonromantic comedy Pretty Woman and several animated films such as Rattatouille.
Morgan’s voice is also heard in several television series, such as In Bonanza, On Family Guy, In The Simpsons and In Star Trek.
Morgan also appeared on many records. The harmonica player played, among others, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton’sby The Carpenters and by Quincy Jones with songs. Although primarily a studio musician, Morgan also occasionally performed with symphony orchestras. During his career, Morgan managed to perform in more than 30 countries.
Tommy Morgan was born in 1932 in Los Angeles and started playing the harmonica while still at school. of the Los Angeles Times according to an old interview, a teenage Morgan could train up to eight hours a day. He participated in his first studio session at the age of 17.
Morgan later played in the US Air Force Band and studied composition at the University of California. In the early 1960s, he composed music for several NBC television series.
Morgan’s playing career ended in 2013 due to a stroke.
Morgan wrote three books: two playing guides and an autobiography, which was published earlier this year.
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