Wayne Raney Talking Harmonica

Wayne Raney Talking Harmonica

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This harmonica was made by Sterling Instrument Co. in Union, New Jersey, around 1972. It is a Wayne Raney Talking Harmonica model in the key of A, with 10 single holes and 20 reeds. This harmonica has a brown plastic comb with metal cover plates attached to the top and bottom with screws and nuts. Accessioned with original cardboard box. The harmonica is engraved:



Wayne Raney

Wayne Raney (1921-1993) was an American country singer and harmonica player. Raney was a well-known harmonica player who was able to make his harmonica "talk".

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Object Name
Date made
ca 1972
Sterling Instrument Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Union
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
harmonica: 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in x 1 1/16 in; 1.905 cm x 9.8425 cm x 2.69875 cm
box: 13/16 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 5/16 in; 2.06375 cm x 10.795 cm x 3.33375 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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As a kid I remember hearing Mr. Raney play. I really didn't like country music, but he sure could play the harmonica. It really did kind of sound like it was talking.

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