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Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died  (undisclosed)
Birth NameThomas Morgan Edwards

Mini Bio (1)

Tommy Morgan was born on December 4, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a composer, known for Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) and Windtalkers (2002). He was previously married to Lois. He died on June 23, 2022.

Family (1)

Spouse Lois (? - ?)  (his death)  (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Tommy Morgan played an 1896 Marine Band harmonica on the Rockford Files theme.
Harmonica player who lends his talents to many soundtracks, many of them Westerns or rural-set pictures where the instrument fits best, but his resume is eclectic, including Spider-Man 2 and even The Simpsons and most recently, Family Guy.
Wrote three books: "Chromatic Harmonica" and "Blues Harmonica," how-to books for musicians; and "You Made How Much for Doing What?", an autobiography published in 2022.
Has two sons Matthew and Daniel, and a granddaughter Addie Rae.
Played in the United States Air Force band during the mid-1950s.
Received a lifetime achievement award from the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica in 2001.
His playing career ended when he suffered a stroke in late 2013.
Earned a master's degree in music composition from UCLA.
Played harmonica on an estimated 7,000 recording sessions.
Was 17 when he played his first session, for the Andrews Sisters, in September 1950.
He was a musician on the "Elvis '68" comeback special and played on concerts with Frank Zappa, Van Dyke Parks, John Barry and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Played on more than 600 films.
His bass harmonica was the signature sound of Arnold Ziffel, the pig on "Green Acres".
Wrote arrangements for albums by Johnny Cash, Glenn Yarbrough and Rod McKuen.
Began playing harmonica in the second grade.
Studied with Jerry Adler, brother of harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler.
Played harmonica on the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," the Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays," the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," Linda Ronstadt's "Skylark" and other records by Randy Newman, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton and James Taylor.

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