Harmonica Almanac – March 28

Country studio harmonica player Charlie McCoy was born on this day in 1941. In addition to appearing on over 10,000 records, Charlie has recorded a large number of albums of his own. He’s been playing since he was eight years old and shows no signs of slowing down.

U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower not only led the forces that liberated Europe in World War Two, but he also played the harmonica. Eisenhower died on this day in 1969.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Joe Willie Wilkins died on this day in 1979. Wilkins taught himself how to play the harmonica as a child and was playing professionally by the time he was ten.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Jerry “Boogie” McCain began playing the harmonica at the age of 5. He began working professionally in the late 1940’s and recorded well over a dozen albums during his career. McCain died on this day in 2012.

Studio guitar and harmonica player Hugh McCracken died on this day in 2013. He played with Mose Allison, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Freddie King, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow and a host of others.

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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