Harmonica Almanac – January 1

Mostly known as a Blues mandolin and guitar player, Johnny Young was born on this day in 1918. He learned to play the harmonica from his mother while growing up in Mississippi. He worked with a number of well-known Blues artists in his home area before moving to Chicago in 1940, where he played with and recorded with most of the city’s great Blues artists.

Early Country harmonica genius, Floyd “Salty” Holmes, died on this day in 1970. Salty specialized in playing “Talking” harmonica where he would do dialogue through his harmonica. He played with the Prairie Ramblers in the 1930’s as well as doing a duet with his wife as “Salty and Maddie”.

Blues harmonica player Jeff Carp died on this day in 1973. Carp is best known for having played behind Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf during their legendary London recording sessions.

Harmonica player and microphone designer Frank Strnad died on this day in 2012. Frank played in a harmonica trio with his brothers Don and George.

That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!

I am the author of "The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica", which is still available on the internet in limited edition.

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