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Hohner Rhythm & Blues chord harmonicas

A six chord harmonica that provides a new kind of blues background to blend with guitars, drums and vocals claimed the Hohner catalogs of the late 1960s. There were two versions made, the #8702 Rhythm & Blues CI which had a maroon comb and the #8703 Rhythm & Blues FII which had a black comb. According to UK patent 973532 granted in 1962, these harmonicas were invented by famous classical harmonica player Tommy Reilly and songwriter Ivor Raymonde. The patent also covered a 12-chord version which had a slide like a chromatic harmonica, but this was never commercially made.

The Rhythm & Blues harmonicas were build on the same frame as the Chrometta 12 chromatic, but instead of having the usual mouthpiece and slide, the mouthpiece was formed into three openings that each lead to a set of 4 blow reeds and 4 draw reeds. The CI model played the following chords:

BLOW C F G7
DRAW Bb Eb F7

The FII played the following chords:

BLOW F Gm Bb
DRAW Dm C7 G7

In 1962, Tommy Reilly recorded a 45rpm single to showcase these harmonicas, using them to accompany his own overdubbed chromatic soloing:

The A side was called "Blow Man Blow" and demonstrated the CI:

The B side was called "No Dice" and featured the FII:

Unfortunately, these instruments didn't seem to catch on quite as well as planned and were discontinued in the mid 1970s.


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