Harry Mooten

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Harry Mooten

Post by maugein96 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:04 pm

Some of us grew up listening to this stuff marvelling at how such sounds could be had from something as "humble" as the accordion.

Very old fashioned I know, but listen to what this Dutch legend was capable of doing way back in 1955.

No, it's not one of my usual CBA "plugs". Harry was PA through and through.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc3Sh_Xnk9k

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Re: Harry Mooten

Post by debra » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:42 pm

Harry Mooten was one of the great players of his time.
He was very good in jazz and swing but he also recorded the preludes and fugues by Bach.
What strikes me when I listen to the YouTube video, despite the sound quality of YouTube and the very old recording, is that it only takes a few seconds to unmistakenly recognize the unique sound of the Hohner Gola, no matter what music is being played on it. There is something about that sound... it just begs you to keep listening...
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Re: Harry Mooten

Post by nagant27 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:55 pm

Sounds very good. Great playing and a really nice sound. I enjoyed this very much, and really was not familiar with him until this. Thank you for sharing! I would agree that the accordion has a "sweet" sound and beautiful tone.

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Re: Harry Mooten

Post by jozz » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:41 am

lovely

totally didn't appreciate this guy when I grew up with him with the dutch TV show for children "Ome Willem", where he was portraited as this grumpy old musician

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Re: Harry Mooten

Post by maugein96 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:38 pm

jozz wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:41 am
lovely

totally didn't appreciate this guy when I grew up with him with the dutch TV show for children "Ome Willem", where he was portraited as this grumpy old musician
Hi jozz,

He never got that old. I seem to remember reading that he died when he was 68.

We used to have an ancient radio, about the size of a modern commercial sized microwave, and my grandfather knew how to get Radio Lyon, Hilversum, Luxembourg, and various other French, Belgian, and Dutch radio stations on it. That's what drew me to the accordion, as we would regularly listen in to any accordion focused radio stations he could manage to tune into. They were transmitted on what were known as "long wave frequencies", and quite often we'd lose the transmission after a few minutes, but it was great fun. That was in the 50s and early 60s.

The name "Harry Mooten" sort of stuck in my mind, as an "ace" Dutch player. Johnny Meijer was obviously another, as well as Wim Rijkhoff and Jaap Valkhoff. "John Woodhouse" (that was the English stage name he used) was another. He played an early electronic type of accordion, that we weren't too keen on, but he was a great player. I had forgotten most of the Dutch players' names until I put a post on the forum about Dutch accordions a few years ago, and a member refreshed my memory.

I also got to know the names of a lot of the older French and Belgian musette players at that time, but that's another story.

Those were the days when the popularity of the accordion was maybe at its peak, and my only regret is I left it so long before I took an interest in playing. By the time I finally got going, about 1983, the number of accordion shops in Scotland had declined dramatically, and I almost changed my mind. I'm glad I didn't.

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