HARMONICAS & VOICES

From left to right:
Marianne & Annie Jansen - Tine Bavinck & Annie Jansen - Leon Lafell - The Andrew Sisters - Danny Kay - Die Starlettes - Irene van der Linden & Annie Jansen

There isn't much to tell about singers being backed by harmonica groups, yet their had been such items in the past.

A Dutch group, "THE CHROMONICATS," [1952-1988] KAREL JANSEN (lead harmonica), SYL VAN ZIJST Sr. (lead harmonica (harmony), SYL VAN ZIJST Jr. (chord harmonica), J. WINDY (Hohner Orchestra VIII chord harmonica), BRAM VAN KOOI (bass harmonica), ARIE KOOPS (drums) and JAAP VAN DER HOEK (guitar) had several groups backing singers, trios, quartets, and quintets.
They were much in demand by radio and television stations between the early 50's and late 70's. the singers were: MARIANNE & ANNIE JANSEN - TINE BAVINCK & ANNIE JANSEN
AND IRENE VAN DER LINDEN & ANNIE JANSEN. [See potographs above].
At times they just performed with just ANNIE JANSEN.

Salty Dog

THE CHROMONICATS

klik hier om te luisteren Voice: Annie Jansen


"THE HARMONICA GENTLEMEN" was a "TRIO" consisting of GEORGE FIELDS (lead harmonica), LEO FRIEDMAN (chord harmonica), and DON RIPPS (bass harmonica). They are largely remembered for recording with THE ANDREW SISTERS and DANNY KAY.
They recorded the following titles:
1. Heartbreaker and the Sabre Dance with "THE ANDREW SISTERS."
2. Am I all your future and In our old home town with "DANNY KAY."
3. Put 'em in a box and the Woody Woodpecker song with "THE ANDREW SISTERS & DANNY KAY."

GEORGE FIELDS, besides having been a member of the "CAPPY BARRA HARMONICA GENTLEMEN" and "THE HARMONICA BOYS" also had a career as a soloist, and is best known for his harmonica solo "MOON RIVER" in "HENRY MANCINI'S" score for "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S." His last creation was a CD "THE POCKET BACH."
DONN RIPPS was a former member of the "BORRAH MINEVITCH HARMONICA RASCALS," THE "CAPPY BARRA HARMONICA GENTLEMEN" and "THE HARMONICA BOYS," and last "THE DON RIPPS HARMONICA RIPPLES."
LEO FRIEDMAN was a former member of the "BORRAH MINEVITCH HARMONICA RASCALS," and performed in the movie "Topman" in 1943 when "SAMMY ROSS" had replaced "JOHNNY PULEO" due to a dispute with MINEVITCH.

Heartbreaker

THE HARMONICA GENTLEMEN

klik hier om te luisteren Voices: The Andrew Sisters


"THE HARMONICATS" JERRY MURAD (lead harmonica), AL FIORE (chord harmonica) and DON LES (bass harmonica) recorded "FOUR LEAF CLOVER" with singer "LEON 'CAPPY' LAFELL."
LEON was a versatile harmonica player as well, he was a master on the "POLYPHONIA" and was a member of the "CAPPY BARRA HARMONICA GENTLEMEN" for which he made fame singing "SOLITUDE," "POET & PEASANT" and playing "THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE" on the "POLYPHONIA."

Four Leaf Clover

THE HARMONICATS

klik hier om te luisteren Voice: Leon Lafell


"THE HOTCHA TRIO" JOOP HEIJMAN (lead harmonica), JAN VUIK (chord harmonica) and GEERT VAN DRIESTEN (bass harmonica) from the Netherlands backed the German girl singers
"DIE STARLETTES."
1. Spiel mir eine boogie auf der mundharmonika.
2. Sprich über liebe nicht an der telefon.
They also backed the Dutch comedian/singer "TOM 'DORUS' MANDERS.
1. Brandkastenmanus.
2. Napoleon.
By themselves the recorded four medley's:
Singing and playing a medley No. 1
Singing and playing a medley No. 2
Singing and playing a medley No. 3
Singing and playing a medley No. 4

Spiel mir einem boogie auf der Mundharmonica

THE HOTCHA TRIO

klik hier om te luisteren Voices: Die Starlettes


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