Harmonica Almanac – September 25

Blues singer, guitar and harmonica player Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes was born on this day in 1936. Barnes taught himself how to play the harmonica when he was eight and was playing at local juke joints in Mississippi by the time he was thirteen. He moved to Chicago in 1964 and was a part of the local Blues scene until he returned to Mississippi in 1971 to open up his own Blues bar.

Country singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player Joe Sun began playing music when he was in college. He has since gone on to record several albums of his music. Sun was born on this day in 1943.

Chicago based harmonica player James Conway was born on this day in 1968. James specializes in playing traditional Irish music and has one CD out of his music.

Classical harmonica soloist Tommy Reilly began playing harmonica in 1935, about the time his family moved to England. After World War Two he started working as a harmonica soloist and several composers wrote pieces specifically for him. Reilly died on this day in 2000.

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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