Harmonica Almanac – August 19

Blues singer and harmonica player Lynwood Slim was born on this day in 1953. He began playing the harmonica when he was fifteen. After moving to Minnesota, he started fronting bands and recorded several albums of his music.

Blues and Zydeco harmonica player Mel Melton began playing the harmonica after receiving one for his eleventh birthday. He moved to Louisiana in the late 1960’s, played with many local music legends and is even an award winning chef. Melton was born on this day in 1949.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Blind Willie McTell died on this day in 1959. McTell not only played harmonica, but also worked with harmonica player Buddy Moss. His biggest hit, “Statesboro Blues” was later covered by the Allman Brothers.

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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