Harmonica Almanac – April 30
Blues singer, guitar and harmonica player Rev. Gary Davis was born on this day in 1896. Davis taught himself how to play the harmonica when he was five and was playing professionally when he was fourteen. He remained active in music throughout his life and wrote several Blues classics.
Blues singer, guitar and harmonica player Homesick James ran away from home in the 1920’s and worked with Blind Boy Fuller, Sleepy Joe Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson II and many other Blues giants. He was born on this day in 1910.
Israeli Blues harmonica player Dov Hammer has been playing harmonica for decades. He is a regular fixture in the Israeli Blues scene and has recorded several albums of his music. Dov was born on this day in 1967.
French harmonica player Frederic Yonnet was born on this day in in 1973. Yonnet has been playing music for most of his life and has released several albums of his own music as well as recording with other. He primarily plays Jazz, but crosses over into many styles.
Blues legend Muddy Waters died on this day in 1983. Waters, like many Blues musicians, could play the harmonica, though he usually let others play in his band. The people who played the harmonica in Muddy’s band reads like a Blues “Who’s Who” of harmonica players.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!