Harmonica Almanac – August 16

Blues guitar and harmonica player Little Eddie Kirkland was born on this day in 1928. Kirkland learned how to play the harmonica while growing up in Alabama and after he moved to Detroit in 1943 he started working with John Lee Hooker, a partnership that would last until the 1960’s.

Legendary Blues guitarist Robert Johnson was said to have been so good at playing the harmonica that when his guitar got stolen, he was able to make enough money to buy a new one by playing harmonica on the streets. Johnson died on this day in 1938.

Rock harmonica player Topper Price was born on this day in 1952. Price played with Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, The Subdudes, The Radiators and Dickey Betts as well as recording on his own.

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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