Harmonica Almanac – January 9

Tommy Gary played harmonica with Son Borum, Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon and others from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. He was born on this day in 1919.

Blues saxophone and harmonica player Birmingham Jones was born on this day in 1937. He played with J.B. Lenoir and Elmore James and eventually fronted his own band, staying active in music until the mid-1970’s.

Rock vocalist and harmonica player David Johansen was born on this day in 1950. He is known for fronting the band, The New York Dolls and for his character Buster Poindexter.

While he had been playing professionally since the 1930’s, Silas Hogan didn’t start recording until the late 1950’s. He made quite a few records before he died on this day in 1994.

Country entertainer Jon Hager died on this day in 2009. Along with his brother Jim, the twin were featured performers on the Hee-Haw TV show with Jon playing guitar, harmonica and singing.

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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