"7000 Sessions and Counting"
Tommy Morgan is the most unique harmonica player in the recording industry today.
In September, 2010, Tommy celebrates 60
years as a recording musician in Hollywood (first "session" in
September 1950 with the Andrews
Sisters for Decca Records). Long time first call in the studio
recording industry, he has played on over 7000 sessions,
recording for motion pictures, television, records,
CDs and commercials.
With reruns throughout the world of the long running
television series Green Acres, Sanford and Son, The
Waltons, The Rockford Files, The Dukes of Hazard, The
Newhart Show and China Beach, performances on hit records
Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys), Rainy Days and Mondays (The
Carpenters), He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (The Hollies)
and others, as well as a solo performance on The Academy Awards 2000 television
broadcast (estimated audience one billion), his harmonica
playing has been heard by more people than any other
player in history.
As a performer, he has given four command performances,
and has appeared in concert in over 30 countries. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music (Composition) from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has composed background music for episodes of The Twilight Zone, Have Gun, Will Travel, Gunsmoke, and for the Will Rogers, USA television special. He has been arranger for Johnny Cash, Glenn Yarbrough and Rod McKuen. His
sight reading ability, improvisational skills in jazz and blues, and his
classical background mark him as a most unusual musician.
Tommy has recorded soundtracks for more than 600 feature
films, including: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Lilies
of The Field, Cool Hand Luke, Dances with Wolves, City
Slickers, Dennis The Menace, The Mirror Has Two Faces,
Rosewood, The Mexican, Monsters, Inc., The Princess Diaries, Cars, Hotel
for Dogs and Ratatouille.
Solos on "Records of Interest":
- The Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations"
- The Carpenters: "Rainy Days and Mondays"
- Linda Rondstadt: "Skylark"
- Michael Crawford: "Stormy Weather" from
the album A Touch of Music of the Night
- Barbra Streisand: "Isn't It a Pity?" from
the album A Love Like Ours
- Neil Diamond: "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from
The Christmas Album,
- John Barry Album: The Beyondness
of Things, recorded
in London 1997.
Soloist with John Barry conducting "The Man, The Movies,
The Music" at Royal Albert Hall in London, April 1998,
and again with John Barry, performing "Bond and Beyond" at Symphony
Hall, Birmingham, England, and at Royal
Albert Hall in London, April 1999.
Soloist with Richard Carpenter at the Carpenter
Performing Art Center in Long Beach, California, September 1998,
and at Foxwoods Resort/Casino in Connecticut, April, 1999.
Soloist with Burt Bacharach on the Academy
Awards Show 2000, March 26, 2000.
Received Lifetime Achievement
Award from The
Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, in Denver, CO,
August 18, 2001.
See more of Tommy's appearances here.