Harmonica Almanac – October 11

Folk / Blues guitar and harmonica player Harmonica Frank Floyd was born on this day in 1908. Floyd taught himself how to play the harmonica as a child and spent most of his career traveling around with sideshows and carnivals. He actually made several records during his career.

Country singer, guitar and harmonica player Tex Williams had a huge hit with the song “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette”, which became Capitol Records first million seller. Williams died of lung cancer on this day in 1985. Oh, the irony.

Blues harmonica player George Mojo Buford died on this day in 2011. Buford learned to play the harmonica from his father and after he moved to Chicago in 1953 he became a part of the local Blues scene, even playing in Muddy Waters band for a few years.

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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