“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Played on a 1929 Theremin

Here in America, we’re living in some anxious times. And frankly my nerves are a little torn and frayed–especially after the run-up to last night’s debate. Maybe some of you feel the same. Maybe you could stand to relax a bit. Maybe this will do the trick.

Above, watch Peter Pringle perform on the theremin “Over the Rainbow,” the song originally written for 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. And it’s not just any theremin. It’s the 1929 RCA theremin that belonged to the Hollywood thereminist, Dr. Samuel Hoffman. In fact, it’s the very same one that Hoffman played on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1956, below.

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  • Pryor Lawson says:

    I’m pretty sure the Carson clip is from The Johnny Carson Show from the 1950s, not the Tonight Show, which starred Steve Allen in 1956. Anyway, great stuff!

  • farsighted99 says:

    for awhile there, I thought it was Peter Capaldi playing the instrument. LOL!

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