13 December: Jerry Murad's Harmonicats: Nutcracker Suite

Published December 13, 2019

We like to investigate the somewhat unusual in this Advent Calendar, and what could be more unexpected than Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite' performed on harmonica? Jerry Murad's Harmonicats were originally a quartet, formed in 1947; an immediate success, they were number one for eight weeks in the US with their recording of 'Peg O' My Heart'. They also had a Top 20 album in 1961.

This is four years later, in 1965, and I'm not sure how commercially successful their Harmonica Rhapsody album of interpretations of classical music pieces was. Nevertheless, we can still marvel at its existence today.

Listen here.


Not an actual Christmas album, but it features this unusual version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.