Harmonica Almanac – August 30

Australian Country singer, guitar and harmonica player Tex Morton was born on this day in 1916. Morton began his career in 1934 and was making records within about two years. He spent most of his career in Australia and New Zealand, only touring once in Canada and the U.S.

Country singer, guitar and harmonica player Jon Hager spent his career working with his twin brother. The two were discovered by Buck Owens and were regulars on the “Hee-Haw” television series. Hager was born on this day in 1946.

Australian harmonica star Horrie Dargie died on this day in 1999. Dargie played in various harmonica bands in the 1930’s and 40’s. After serving in World War Two he played in several harmonica bands as well as playing as a soloist.

Actor Charles Bronson was shown playing the harmonica in the spaghetti western, “Once Upon a Time in the West” and he made it look totally awesome. Bronson died on this day in 2003.

Blues harmonica player John “Juke” Logan died on this day in 2013. Working primarily as a studio player, Logan worked with Dobie Gray, Leon Russell, John Lee Hooker and others as well as doing some movie and TV soundtrack work.

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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