Harmonica Almanac – December 12

Blues singer and harmonica player John Weston was born on this day in 1927. Weston played harmonica for most of his life, but didn’t start playing professionally until the mid-1970’s. Since then he recorded several albums of his music.

Folk / Rock guitar, mandolin and harmonica player Ray Jackson has played with several British Folk acts and has even recorded at least one album of his own. Jackson was born on this day in 1948.

Zydeco accordion and harmonica player Clifton Chenier died on this day in 1987. Chenier Learned to play music as a child from his father and was playing professionally by the time he was seventeen. Though he was best known for the accordion, Chenier would occasionally play the harmonica.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Eddie Burns taught himself how to play the harmonica as a child. He moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1943 and played with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Pinetops Perkins. He moved to Detroit in the late 1940’s, worked with John Lee Hooker and remained active in music after that. Burns died on this day in 2012.

Chord harmonica player Manny Smith died on this day in 2013. Smith played with the group, The Stagg McMann trio from the late 1930’s until the 1950’s.

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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