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Classical composer Norman Dello Joio was born on this day in 1913. In 1944 he wrote “Concerto for Chamber Orchestra and Harmonica” for John Sebastian. That’s it for today. Have ...

Cyril Davies was born on this day in 1932. He began playing harmonica professionally during the early 1950’s, eventually teaming up with Alexis Korner to form one the most ...

Blues harmonica player Hammie Nixon was born on this day in 1908. Nixon learned to play the harmonica from Noah Lewis and he worked with Sleepy John Estes on and off from 1924 ...

Blues singer and harmonica player Clarence Butler was born on this day in 1942. Butler worked with his brother Curtis as the Butler Twins, mostly in the Detroit area. ...

Classical composer Alexander Tcherepnin was born on this day in 1899. Tcherepnin wrote “Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra” for John Sebastian in 1953. ...

Classical composer Luciano Chailly was born on this day in 1920. Chailly wrote “Improvvisazione No. 9 for Harmonica, Strings and Percussion” for John Sebastian in 1962. Blues ...

Composer Frank Lewin died on this day in 2008. Lewin wrote “Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra” in 1960 for John Sebastian. https://youtu.be/0Ny4O_58g_4… That’s it for ...

Harmonica innovator Mark Lavoie was born on this day in 1950. Mark created the titanium comb for harmonicas and has been playing harmonica for over 40 years. At one time he was a ...

Chord harmonica player Manny Smith was born on this day in 1921. Manny played with the Stagg McMann trio and was one of the nicest guys I got to know while working on my book. ...

The cousin of John Lee Hooker, blues guitar, piano and harmonica player Earl Hooker was born on this day in 1930. He was boyhood pals with Bo Diddley and went on to work with ...

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