Harmonica Almanac – April 22
Harmonica soloist George Fields was born on this day in 1921. Fields took harmonica lessons from Eddy Manson and later played with the Cappy Barra Harmonica Ensemble, The Harmonica Rascals and The Harmonica Solidaires. His playing can be heard on the soundtracks of the movies “Ruby Gentry” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Blues harmonica player George “Harmonica” Smith was a major influence on a generation of budding harmonica players. After playing with many Blues great in Chicago during the 1950’s, Smith moved to California and acted as a mentor to Kim Wilson, James Harman, William Clarke and several other developing young harmonica players. Smith was born on this day in 1924.
Japanese Jazz harmonica player Koei Tanaka was born on this day in 1971. Koei is skilled at both the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Anyone who’s had the pleasure to have heard him knows that he is a master of the instrument.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!