Harmonica Almanac – May 11

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

Composer Irving Berlin was born on this day in 1888. While he is best known as one of America’s greatest songwriters, he also played piano and harmonica.

Jerry Murad

Jerry Murad

Harmonicats lead harmonica player Jerry Murad grew up on Chicago’s west side where he was boyhood pals with Bob Hadamik and Al Fiore. He spent a short time playing in the Harmonica Rascals before returning to Chicago and eventually forming the Harmonicats. Murad died on this day in 1996.

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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