Harmonica Almanac – April 5

Vaudeville harmonica player Jimmy Mulcay was born on this day in 1900. Mulcay was capable of playing most types of harmonicas, but specialized in playing the chord. He spent years working with his wife Mildred as a harmonica duet, “The Mulcays”.

Blues piano and harmonica player Little Willy Foster learned to play harmonica from Big Walter Horton after moving to Chicago from his native Mississippi in the 1940’s. Foster was born on this day in 1922.

Paul Oscher

Paul Oscher

Blues harmonica player Paul Oscher was born on this day in 1950. Paul began playing the harmonica at the age of 12 and was playing professionally at the age of 15. In the mid-1960’s he became the first white harmonica player to hold the regular harmonica spot in Muddy Waters’ band.

Bob “The Bear” Hite

Bob “The Bear” Hite

Bob “The Bear” Hite sang and played the harmonica in the band Canned Heat, which he co-founded with fellow Blues historian and harmonica player Al Wilson. Hite died on this day in 1981.That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!

I am the author of "The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica", which is still available on the internet in limited edition.

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