Harmonica Almanac – June 10
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born on this day in 1910. He learned how to play the harmonica from his brother-in-law, Sonny Boy Williamson II, made his first records for the Sun label and after moving to Chicago in 1952, he became a major player in the city’s Blues scene.
Blues guitar and harmonica player “Schoolboy” Cleve White taught himself how to play the harmonica at the age of six and by the mid-1950’s was recording with others as well as recording his own music White was born on this day in 1928.
Everybody’s close personal friend Buzz Krantz was born on this day in 1941. Buzz is a driving force in promoting the harmonica, from his work with SPAH and the Windy City Harmonica Club to his frequent performances wherever he goes. Buzz really knows how to light up a room. (He flicks the switch!).
Country harmonica player Herman Crook died on this day in 1988. Crook played with his group, The Crook Brothers band and performed at the Grand Old Opry from the late 1920’s until his death.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!