Harmonica Almanac – April 4

Blues legend Muddy Waters was born on this day in 1915. While Waters could play the harmonica, he usually had others play in his band and the harmonica players who came through his band reads like a who’s who of harmonica giants like Little Walter, Big Walter, George “Harmonica” Smith, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Paul Oscher, Jerry Portnoy and others.

Country / Rock singer, guitar and harmonica player Randle Chowning played with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and scored a big harmonica hit with the song, “If You Want To Go To Heaven”. Chowning was born on this day in 1950.

Blues singer and harmonica player Billy Bizor died on this day in 1969. Bizor played harmonica on several recordings by his cousin, Lightnin’ Hopkins as well as recording an album of his own music.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes taught himself how to play the harmonica at the age of 8 and was playing professionally by the time he was 13. Barnes died on this day in 1996.

That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!

Pete Krampert

Pete Krampert

I am the author of "The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica", which is still available on the internet in limited edition.

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