Harmonica Almanac – December 8

Blues piano, guitar and harmonica player Henry “Rufe” Johnson was born on this day in 1908. He started playing music at the age of fifteen, but didn’t attain much fame outside his local area until the 1970’s.

Actor Lee J. Cobb was just a youngster when he won a New York City harmonica contest. He turned down an offer to join Borrah Minevitch’s Harmonica Rascals and went into acting instead. Cobb was born on this day in 1911.

Rock legend John Lennon died on this day in 1980. Lennon played the harmonica frequently during the early days of The Beatles, though he tapered off as the band’s sound became more experimental.

Chicago Blues harmonica legend Walter Horton Began playing harmonica when he was five years old and made his first recordings in Memphis by the late 1930’s. After moving to Chicago in 1948 he became an integral part of the city’s Blues scene. Horton died on this day in 1981.

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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