Harmonica Almanac – January 31

Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite

Blues harmonica giant Charlie Musselwhite was born on this day in 1944. Charlie learned the harmonica growing up in the Memphis area. He moved to Chicago in the mid-1960’s and was soon an instant hit in the local Blues scene. His career shows no sign of slowing down at this time. Way to go Charlie!!

Paul DeLay

Paul DeLay

Paul DeLay began playing harmonica professionally when he was eighteen and specialized in playing the Blues on a chromatic harmonica. He was born on this day in 1952.

Slim Harpo

Slim Harpo

One of the greats of Louisiana Blues guitar and harmonica, Slim Harpo died on this day in 1970. Slim was a master at playing with a neckbrace and wrote several classic songs, including “I’m a King Bee” and “Scratch my back” among others.

Buster Brown

Buster Brown

Blues singer and harmonica player Buster Brown began his career in his native Georgia, playing at parties and even making a few recordings. He remained active in music until his death on this day in 1976.

Doc Williams

Doc Williams

Country singer, guitar and harmonica player Doc Williams died on this day in 2011. Williams had been playing professionally since 1934 and worked as a duet with his wife Chickie until the 2000’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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