Harmonica Almanac – January 7

Blues guitar and harmonica player Bobo Jenkins was born on this day in 1916. He started in music at the age of 5 and when he was 25 he appeared on the King Biscuit Time radio program. After WWII he settled in the Detroit area and remained active in music until his death in 1984.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Joe Willie Wilkins was born on this day in 1923. He was playing professionally at the age 10 and was touring by the time he was 12, working with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Robert Jr. Lockwood, B.B. King and others.

Blues harmonica mentor Cyril Davies died on this day in 1964. Because he died shortly before the British Invasion he is mostly overlooked, but among the young Blues enthusiasts he helped to develop included Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Eric Burdon, Rod Stewart, Ginger Baker, Nicky Hopkins, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and several others.


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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