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Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney Professional Talking Harmonica

Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney Professional Talking Harmonica

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This harmonica was made by an undetermined maker, undetermined date. It is a Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney Professional Talking model in the key of C, with 10 single holes and 20 reeds. This harmonica has a purple plastic comb with metal cover plates attached to top and bottom with screws and nuts. Accessioned with original cardboard box. The harmonica is engraved:

LONNIE GLOSSON AND WAYNE RANEY
PROFESSIONAL

TALKING HARMONICA

(and):

BRASS BAND

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

Lonnie Elonzo Glosson (born Lonnie Marvin Glosson) (1908-2001) was an American country musician, songwriter, and radio personality.

Raney and Glosson began their partnership 1936, performing on radio and making recordings. By 1960, their partnership ended when Raney decided to establish a recording studio. Glosson went on to a solo career. In 1980, the duo reunited to make recordings.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harmonica
referenced
Glosson, Lonnie
Raney, Wayne
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: 1 1/2 in x 4 7/16 in x 1 3/8 in; 3.81 cm x 11.27125 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
1988.0783.337
accession number
1988.0783
catalog number
1988.0783.337
Credit Line
The Peter Kassan Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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