Harmonica Almanac – November 13

Folk / Blues guitar and harmonica player John Paul Hammond was born on this day in 1942. He grew up in a musical household and he learned the Blues by listening to Robert Johnson and other Mississippi Delta Blues artists.

Comedian Junior Samples was a regular on the Hee-Haw television show. Though he did play the harmonica occasionally as part of his act. Samples died on this day in 1983.

Country jug and harmonica player John Lair died on this day in 1985. Lair put together the group, The Cumberland Ridge Runners in 1932 and the group served as the house band for The National Barn Dance radio show. Lair later moved to Cincinnati and worked on the radio until the 1960’s.

Blues harmonica player Johnny Dyer grew up on the Stovall plantation in Mississippi and began playing the harmonica at the age of seven. In 1958 he moved to California and hooked up with George “Harmonica” Smith, playing with him and many other Blues greats. Dyer died on this day in 2014.

That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!

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