Harmonica Almanac – December 9

Also known as Polka Dot Slim, Monroe Vincent was born on this day in 1919. Vincent began playing Blues harmonica in his early childhood and went professional after serving in WWII. He spent the early part of his career working in Louisiana, then moved to California in the 1970’s.

Chicago Blues harmonica legend Junior Wells Grew up in Memphis and got some coaching on the harmonica from Little Junior Parker. After moving to Chicago in the mid-1940’s he became one of the major players in Chicago’s Blues scene. Wells was born on this day in 1934.

Jazz singer, guitar and harmonica player Dan Hicks was born on this day in 1941. Hicks emerged from the San Francisco psychedelic scene of the late 1960’s. Best known as a guitarist, he sometimes plays the harmonica.

Pop and Classical harmonica player Claude Garden started playing professionally in the 1960’s. He recorded several albums of Classical and Pop music as well as composed several works for harmonica and orchestra. Garden died on this day in 2004.

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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