It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of longtime SPAH performer, attendee & teacher, Mike Caldwell. Details to follow. Mike was an important part of the community, supporting us in the Gospel Show, Teach-in, Seminars, jams and many stage performances. He will be sorely missed by all in the SPAH community. We will share more about Mike in the near future.

Mike Caldwell 2017

 

The passing of a SPAH member, Frank Yore

It is with great sadness that we must share information about the passing of a longtime SPAH member, Frank Yore, provided by his daughter.

 

My name is Margaret Thompson. I am the daughter of Frank Yore and want to inform you of his passing last week.

I discovered my dad had been a part of SPAH. He loved to play the chromatic harmonica and played many jam sessions in the Tampa Bay area as well as anywhere he could while traveling.

Francis Joseph Yore III, “Frank” was born on June 11, 1935, in Chicago, IL to: Francis Joseph Yore II and Charlotte nee, Turskey, entered into eternal rest on January 17, 2023, in Lutz, FL.  Frank was predeceased by his sisters: Charwill Smeddick (Sr. Pia OSB), Marlyne Olsen and son, Peter W. Yore. He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, Arlynne (Mastrangelo), 8 children, 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and brother: John W. Yore. Frank attended St. Mel’s High School, Chicago, mainly worked in insurance and tax preparation and was a member of the Batavia Moose Lodge. Quite proficient with the chromatic harp, Frank always loved a great jam session. Published by Chicago Tribune from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2023.

Please let your members and interested parties know for me and our family. Thank you and God bless.

Here is the Funeral information:

 

Wake:
Friday, January 27, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Brewer and Sons Funeral Home
1190 S. Broad St., Brooksville FL, 34601

 

Funeral:
Saturday, January 28, 2023, 11:00 AM
Most Holy Trinity Seminary
Queen of All Saints Chapel
1000 Spring Lake Hwy., Brooksville, FL 34602

 

Cemetery:
Saturday, January 28, 2023, 2:00 PM
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
5233 118th Avenue N. Clearwater, FL. 33760

~Margaret Thompson

Paul Messinger on WCOM radio

WCOM just had harmonica legend Paul Messinger on their radio show / podcast recently.

We spent a good bit of time chatting about your convention this week, where he just played. It’s a really nice plug for your event.

Here’s the show: https://youtu.be/WS72S5DPuGE

Please share as you see fit. I think the timing is really good for your crowd.

Slainte, Chris Amsbary / WCOM

Online Attendance at the Convention

If you have registered to attend the 2022 SPAH Convention as an online attendee, while we are sorry you won’t be with us “in person”, SPAH really appreciates your involvement as an Online attendee and will work to make the experience just as enjoyable.

This is a creative group, so we hope folks will have fun. Questions to seminar presenters will be handled by real-time comments on the YouTube channels during streaming.

 

Your home base for the week will be here, where you will find the daily schedule, a copy of the program, photographs and other details. We suggest that you check here each morning for any schedule or other changes.

The link to presentation handouts is here

Remembering Tommy Morgan – 1932-2022

We are sad to say that the great Tommy Morgan has passed. Tommy Morgan was probably the most heard and least seen harmonica player, having been involved in thousands of recording sessions and over 700 movie and TV soundtracks during his lifetime.

 

Tommy Morgan played on over 7,000 recording sessions after landing his first session with Decca Records, at the age of 18 in 1950.

 

A “Special Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to him by SPAH at the SPAH Convention in Denver in 2001.

 

Tommy Morgan has been one of the most active harmonica players in Hollywood film and TV soundtracks since the 1960s. He played the harmonica for Rowlf the Dog in The Muppet Movie. He also backed Bob McGrath on his 1974 album Bob McGrath Sings for All the Boys and Girls (for Disneyland Records).

 

Morgan’s distinctive harmonica was heard on countless TV themes, from the rustic 1960s comedies The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction to the opening rhythms of Sanford and Son, the harmonica solo in the middle of The Rockford Files, The Dukes of Hazzard, Maverick, Perfect Strangers, and others. He also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Jimmy Dean Show. He’s been heard in episode scores for The Twilight Zone, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (recording his own composition for a street busker), all of the Roots miniseries and specials, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.

 

In film soundtracks, Morgan was heard throughout Cool Hand Luke (with Paul Newman), played harmonica for Billy Crystal in City Slickers, handled the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles, and lent his skills to My Fair Lady, Back to the Future III, Rocky II, Dances with Wolves, and Willie Dynamite (starring Roscoe Orman. Heard on several Pixar soundtracks (including Ratatouille and Cars), and Morgan played harmonica (his own short composition) for Hamm in Toy Story 3. As a session musician in records since the 1960s, Morgan backed Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”), Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Dinah Shore, and the Carpenters.

 

In this video Tommy talks about and performs some of the best known examples in a concert he gave at the SPAH Convention in Denver in 2001. It is illustrated by some of the original recordings. Video archive and content courtesy of Roger Trobridge.

 

Tommy Morgan at SPAH Convention 2001, Denver CO

And some more great content about Tommy here