Pocket Full of Soul on NPR

Posted on: Thursday, Jul 1, 2010

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128112256

The harmonica was originally crafted in the 1800s as an instrument to play German folk songs. But when it made its way to the U.S., it was merely considered a toy — that is, until the Harmonicats’ 1947 hit “Peg o’ My Heart” exposed its musical capabilities.

Pocket Full of Soul is a new documentary exploring the history of the harmonica and its greatest players, living and dead. Filmmaker Marc Lempert says he was struck by how omnipresent the instrument is in a variety of genres, including rock ‘n’ roll, blues and jazz.

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