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:

BRASS BAND

(and):

Wayne Raney
TALKING HARMONICA

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".

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
Date made
ca 1972
maker
Sterling Instrument Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Union
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
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
1988.0783.328
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.328
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Harmonicas
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

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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