Harmonica Almanac – May 8
Blues guitar legend Robert Johnson was born on this day in 1912. Legend has it that Johnson could also play the harmonica and that he so good at it that when his guitar got stolen, he played the harmonica for tips and made enough in one day to pay for a new guitar.
Italian Jazz guitar and harmonica player Bruno De Fillipi began playing music at the age of seven, focusing on guitar. He began playing the harmonica in the 1970’s and released several albums of fine harmonica playing. DeFillipi was born on this day in 1930.
Piedmont Blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins was born on this day in 1954. Wiggins began playing the harmonica while in high school and is best known for his prolific partnership with guitarist John Cephas.
Country music singer Eddy Arnold could also play the guitar and harmonica. He was one of Country music’s top artists. Arnold died on this day in 2008.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!