Pocket Full of Soul on NPR

Posted on: Thursday, Jul 1, 2010


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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