Harmonica Almanac – February 2
Bluesman Horace Sprott was born on this day in 1890. Sprott played guitar and harmonica at local dances in Alabama from the mid-1920’s until the mid-1950’s and even made an appearance on CBS TV in 1956.
Blues multi-instrumentalist Sam Chatmon died on this day in 1983. Chatman played the harmonica and was part of his family’s musical group, The Mississippi Sheiks. He remained active in music well until the 1970’s.
Blues and Zydeco guitar and harmonica player “Good Rockin” Sidney Semien died on this day in 1988. Semien began working professionally in the late 1950’s and recorded steadily until his death.
Country harmonica player Terry McMillan began playing professionally at the age of 20 and within three years was working full-time as a studio musician, backing dozens of the greatest stars in Country music. McMillan died on this day in 2007.
Folk singer-songwriter Eric Von Schmidt died on this day in 2007. Von Schmidt played guitar and harmonica and was an early mentor to Bob Dylan.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!