Harmonica Almanac – April 18
Blues multi-instrumentalist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown was born on this day in 1924. The harmonica was among the many instruments he played. He began working professionally in the early 1940’s, began recording shortly after that and was active well into the 1990’s.
Blues mandolin and harmonica player Johnny Young learned to play the harmonica from his mother and while he was still in his teens he had worked with Robert Nighthawk, Hammie Nixon and other Blues greats. He moved to Chicago in 1940 and became a major player in the city’s blues scene. Young died on this day in 1974.
A special shout-out to my friend, bass and chord wizard George Miklas who turns 50 on the 17th. George played with Jerry Murad’s Harmonica and is keeping the harmonica band sound alive, playing with several groups, including a quartet with his family.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!