Harmonica Almanac – October 12

Classical composer Ralph Vaughan-Williams was born on this day in 1872. Vaughan-Williams wrote “Romance for Harmonica, Strings and Piano in D Flat” in 1951 for Larry Adler.

Vaudeville harmonica player Don Ripps played with The Harmonica Rascals and also played the bass harmonica with The Cappy Barra Harmonica Ensemble until 1941. Ripps was born on this day in 1918.

Studio harmonica player Terry McMillan was born on this day in 1953. During his career he worked with Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Alabama and a host of other Country music legends.

Blues harmonica player Frank Otis Frost learned how to play the harmonica from Sonny Boy Williamson II and was playing professionally with him by the mid 1950’s. Over the years he recorded with many of the top names in the Blues. Frost died on this day in 1999.

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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