Harmonica Almanac – June 17
Harmonica inventor Christian Friedrich Buschmannn was born on this day in 1805. Buschmann Filed his patent when he was only 16 years old and called his invention, the Aura. It had 15 holes and was all blow notes.
Country singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player Red. Foley began playing harmonica while growing up in Indiana and was a featured player with The Cumberland Ridge Runners on the National Barn Dance radio show from 1930 to 1937. Foley was born on this day in 1910
Bluegrass singer-songwriter, mandolin, guitar and harmonica player Earl Taylor was born on this day in 1929. Taylor began playing the harmonica when he was twelve and was playing professionally by the time he was seventeen. He continued playing well into the 1970’s.
Country-Rock singer, guitar and harmonica player Russell Smith not only fronted the group, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, but since the band’s break-up has released several solo albums. Smith was born on this day in 1949.
Cajun fiddle and harmonica player Dewey Balfa died on this day in 1992. Balfa was one of the founders of the group, The Balfa Brothers and though he was best known as a fiddler, he was talented with several instruments, including the harmonica.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!