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The Harmonicats are an American harmonica-based group, Originally they were named The Harmonica Madcaps and the group consisted of Jerry Murad (chromatic lead harmonica), Bob Hadamik (bass harmonica), Pete Pedersen (chromatic), and Al Fiore, (chord harmonica). They re-formed later as a trio with Jerry, Al, and bassist Don Les. Pete Pederson remained a contributor to the group throughout it's existance; working on arrangements and occationally recording. Their 1947 recording of "Peg O' My Heart" (Vitacoustic Records catalog number 1) brought them to public attention and sold over 1 million copies, reaching #1 on the Billboard magazine chart. They had only one other charted hit: "Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue," of which their version reached #22. A harmonica A harmonica is a very common free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ, French harp, blues harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass or bronze reeds, each secured at one end over an airway slot of like... See also: 1946 in music, other events of 1947, 1948 in music and the list of years in music. // Events Patti Page signs with Mercury Frankie Laine earns his first, of 21, gold records Kay Starr signs with Capitol George Jones begins performing Jimmy Rogers begins recording the Weavers begin... Peg O My Heart is a popular song with words by Alfred Bryan and music by Fred Fisher, published March 15, 1913 and featured in the musical Ziegfeld Follies Of 1913. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue is a popular song. ...


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The Harmonicats - Music Downloads - Online (171 words)
Applying their harmonica arrangements mostly to popular standards, their sound was unusual for that (or indeed any) era, achieving a full ensemble effect via instruments that are rarely used in tandem in popular music.
The Harmonicats were still recording for Columbia in the late '60s and tried their hand at contemporary material like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Get Off of My Cloud" on their 1966 LP What's New, Harmonicats?.
The Harmonicats continued performing even after the Murad's death in 1996.
The Miklas Family (1262 words)
George is a former member of the famous Jerry Murad's Harmonicats.
He is the only "Harmonicat" to have played both Bass and Chord accompanyment harmonicas on stage with the Harmonicats, and he was the youngest member ever.
While performing with the Harmonicats in 1985, Miklas (then 20 years old) went on stage with the Harmonicats and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Richard Hayman for two concerts on the orchestra's pops series.
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