Harmonica Almanac – May 15
Blues guitar and harmonica player LC “Good Rockin’” Robinson was born on this day in 1915. He learned how to play the harmonica from his father while growing up in Texas and by the late 1920’s he was playing professionally. He recorded and performed regularly until his death.
Like many Country and Blues musicians, Country singer Eddy Arnold could also play the harmonica. Arnold was born on this day in 1918.
Blues harmonica player JC Burris was born on this day in 1928. Burris learned how to play the harmonica from his uncle, Sonny Terry. He began playing professionally in 1949 and performed and recorded on and off until his death.
Folk singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player Bruce “Utah” Phillips began playing music professionally after serving in the Korean War. He often played the harmonica on a neckbrace. Phillips was born on this day in 1935.
Blues guitar and harmonica player Larry Johnson was born on this day in 1938. Johnson learned how to play the harmonica from his father. After serving in the Navy he settled in New York City and studied guitar with Rev. Gary Davis. He recorded several albums and often worked with Nat Riddles.
Blues guitar and harmonica player Mr. Downchild (Stephen Brazier) began playing the harmonica after seeing Sonny Boy Williams II play in England. He immigrated to America in the 1980’s and has been recording and performing since then. Mr. Downchild was born on this day in 1950.
Blues harmonica player JC Burris died on his 60th birthday in 1988.
Country music legend June Carter Cash could play several instruments, including the harmonica. She died on this day in 2003.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!