Harmonica Almanac – May 4

Al Dexter

Al Dexter

Country singer and harmonica player Al Dexter was born on this day in 1905. Dexter learned how to play the harmonica while growing up in Texas. His biggest hit, “Pistol Packin’ Mama” was a hit for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and others.

Paul Butterfield

Paul Butterfield

Chicago Blues harmonica giant Paul Butterfield put together one of the finest integrated Blues bands of the 1960’s helping to launch the careers of Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop and others as well as creating a Blues revival. Butterfield died on this day in 1987.

Neal Pattman

Neal Pattman

Bluesman Big Daddy Neal Pattman died on this day in 2005. Pattman learned to play from his father and mostly played for tips around Athens, Georgia. After retiring from his job as a dishwasher, he took up music full-time and even recorded several albums.

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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