Monday, May 04, 2009

Musicians In The Movies: The Fabulous Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals, 1936

The song is "Limehouse Blues" and the references to other songs within the four minutes are many.

Now that's entertainment and I sincerely hope to land a film print of a Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals Soundie someday!

Too bad the concept of conductors didn't make it into the rock era (although one could make the argument that such bandleaders as Pete Townshend and David Bowie were, indeed, conductors). The idea of someone like Borrah Minevitch having a bit of fun conducting onstage with, for example, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, or even better, Syd Barrett, would have been . . . interesting, to say the least.


Carol L. Skolnick said...

My dad played harmonica and he would have adored this. In fact in his mini-career as an impresario in 1968 or '69, he booked a group called the Harmonicats at his place, the Peekskill Palace. They were rather more frantic ans, as I recall, they also had a very short in their group, I wonder if that is a prerequisite for harmonica groups or if it was, perhaps, the same guy?

paul etcheverry said...

Wow - you never told me this story! Wonder if the Harmonicats were the band that performed Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse." (and uh, I don't remember if I sent you that clip or not)

The hilarious SCTV spoof of Ocean's 11, Maudlin's 11 had, among its 137 pop culture references, a (or "the") harmonica group midget.

Carol L. Skolnick said...

Ugh, so many typos. Anyway, The Harmonicats were zany ragamuffins who dressed funny and ran around the stage, whereas that group playing Powerhouse look like nice boys you'd be proud to have as son-in-laws.