Harmonica Almanac – August 23

Bluegrass banjo, fiddle and harmonica player Fate Norris was born on this day in 1878. Norris played with the group, Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers from 1926 to 1931. They were one of the first Country bands to make records.

Country singer, guitar and harmonica player Tex Williams began playing music at the age of five and was working professionally by the time he was thirteen. His song, “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke” became Capitol Records first million seller. Williams was born on this day in 1917.

Blues harmonica legend Will Scarlett was born on this day in 1948. Will was the featured harmonica player on the first Hot Tuna album. What makes his playing stand out is that he did all of his playing on a G harmonica, overbending to play in all the keys.

Country multi-instrumentalist Woody Paul is a member of the trio, Riders in the Sky. Amongst the many instruments he uses, Paul plays the harmonica. He also has his Ph.D. In Theoretical Plasma Physics from MIT. Paul was born on this day in 1949.

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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