Harmonica Almanac – December 4

Studio harmonica giant Tommy Morgan was born on this day in 1932. Morgan is one of the most heard harmonica players in history, playing on over 1,000 movie and television soundtracks as well as appearing on hundreds of records.

Blues singer and harmonica player Southside Johnny Lyon began his musical career playing with other local musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve Van Zandt. He formed his own band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in 1974. Lyon was born on this day in 1948.

Harmonica band leader Johnny O’Brien died on this day in 1991. O’Brien put together The Harmonica Hi-Hats and is said to have mastered playing chromatic scales on the diatonic harmonica.

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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