My early days

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by shamus, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Some of you may already know that in the 1960's I was a professional harmonica player doing Radio in the UK and abroad. later in life I had to give up playing due to poor health. However, I did manage to make 5 cassettes - 1 record and a CD of all my harmonica work. This piece of music called "Madrid" is one of my own compositions I recorded using a multi track system in a recording studio. All the harmonica's played are by little ole me.

    Hope you enjoy it as much as I used to do playing it.


  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    That is great. How long ago did you record this? You have talents all over the place.

    Thanks for posting it.

  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool: :cool: :cool:
  5. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Paul, it's great to hear from you again - and this time 'hear' is meant literally!

    My Dad also played the harmonica very well (although not professionally). Oh, he would have loved your composition, because this was his preferred style of music. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    This brought back sweet memories (also from the fifties and sixties) when we got out his harmonica and my guitar and made some music.

  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Paul, you are a very talented person. Do you still play the harmonica for your own pleasure?
  7. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member


    Somebody get these rose thorns outta my teeth!! Made me want to dance. Great Paul. I also used to play music. Thanks Jim. :eek: :eek: :eek:
  8. Roger Wellman

    Roger Wellman New Member

    This is GREAT STUFF! You obvously are the Les Paul of the harmonica! He set the tone for guitar music today ... and you obviously have raised the standard for the haromica! Wow! Is your music available by CD? Cassette? Sure would be another inspiration for us ... seeing your RR talents AND hearing your music at the same time! Thanks for sharing another talent with us!
  9. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi all and thanks.
    Robin, I don't play/can't play anymore, lungs won't allow it.

    Don, They were mostly recorded around the 1970's mark just after I became British Harmonica Champion.

    Roger, yes most of my early Radio work and some concerts are on CD but I doubt if you will be able to buy it now, same goes for the record and cassettes, toooooo far back my friend.

    Lucky I still have everything I played on Reel to Reel so I can make CD's from them.
    cheers all

  10. Fantastic, Paul, truly fantastic! Your playing and your composing are both excellent! Many thanks for sharing this. :)
  11. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Hi Paul:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the piece. Do you have any harmonica players on your railroad?

    Seems to me that John Sebastian's (he of Lovin' Spoonful fame) dad was a famous harp player. Anyone recall anything about that?

    Thanks for the tune Paul!

  12. pomperaugrr

    pomperaugrr Member

    That is amazing. You are a man of many talents. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  13. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks for the memories

    Hi Paul thanks for the link it`s in my Fav`s.
    There were a lot of great Mouth organ:D Players back in the sixty and seventies My dad played a little and got me playing , Great round a campfire:D :D :D . No where near your class, but OOOO what FUN.

    We used to always listen to you professional`s When we lived in M/cr.
    Thanks again.
  14. Matt Probst

    Matt Probst Member

    Awesome piece of music Paul! I really enjoyed hearing it.
    Makes me wish I would have exploited my own musicality more. Played trumpet for 18 years. 15 of those with private lessons. Played with numerous jazz bands, classical orchestras and with a now defunct drum and bugle corps. What a blast!!!!

    Matt--Hershey, Pa.
  15. UP_STEVE

    UP_STEVE Member

    Paul, i really enjoyed that peice thanks for sharing it :)
  16. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    I happen to be lucky enough to have a copy of Paul's CD, it is excellent. The guys I work with are getting tired of hearing it though (think I may have to play something else for awhile). If you can pick up a copy I highly recommend it!!

    Thank's Paul and I wish you the best of health my friend!!
  17. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks for sharing that, Shamus. A nice turn from modeling.
  18. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member


    What a guy! That was great.

    Toot's "The Sound" and the "Staff McMann Trio" are my favorites, I think. Got any CD's available?

    I'm a member of HOOT

    HOOT is hosting the 2003 SPAH convention in Dallas next week.

    See you there?

    Best Regards,
  19. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Thanks guys.

    Jim ,

    Toots Theilmans was around in my days of playing, he was a brilliant Jazz Harmonica player.

    Yes I still have a CD available.

    Would love to go to the "SPAH convention in Dallas " but from the UK, its one hell of a swim.

  20. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member


    Available as in "for sale"? I hope.

    I listened to Toots when I was a "kid". I still have the LP of "The Sound". Did you ever run across any Texas harmonica players. Does the name Don Sanders ring a bell?

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