Harmonica Almanac – May 21

Little Willie Anderson

Little Willie Anderson

Blues harmonica player Little Willie Anderson was born on this day in 1920. Anderson learned how to play the harmonica from his father and also took lessons from Little Walter after moving to Chicago. Though he didn’t start recording until the 1970’s, he did manage to work with many of Chicago’s Blues giants.

Pete Blasberg

Pete Blasberg

Vaudeville harmonica player Pete Blasberg replaced Sid Gould in the Harmonica Lads in 1940. Blasberg was born on this day in 1922.

Wally Dentz

Wally Dentz

Country bass and harmonica player Wally Dentz was born on this day in 1953. Dentz played with the Henry Paul band during the early 80’s and with the Bellamy Brothers from the late 1980’s on.

Jake Friel

Jake Friel

Blues harmonica prodigy Jake Friel was a recipient of SPAH’s youth scholarship award and it was very well earned. I had the pleasure of attending a seminar he co-host two years ago and he is wise beyond his years. Jake was born 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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