Harmonica Almanac – November 17

Folk / Rock singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player Gene Clark was born on this day in 1941. Clark began his career as a part of The New Christy Minstrels and later co-founded The Byrds. He later recorded several solo albums before his death at the age of 49.

Classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos died on this day in 1959. Villa-Lobos wrote “Concerto for Harmonica, W. 524” for John Sebastian in 1956.

Blues one-man band Blind Joe Hill played the drums, guitar and the harmonica, much in the style of Joe Hill Louis. He did manage to record one album of his music during his career. Hill died on this day in 1999.

Blues harmonica player Pat Ramsey died on this day in 2008. Ramsey had been playing the harmonica since he was seventeen and played professionally since he was twenty. He appeared on several Johnny Winter albums as well as recording as a solo artist.

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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