Harmonica Almanac – June 3
Bluesman Mississippi John Hurt was born on this day in 1893. Hurt began playing guitar and sometimes harmonica professionally at the age of ten and did some recording in the late 1920’s and 30’s. He returned to farming, but was rediscovered in 1963 and he was a regular on the Blues revival circuit until his death in 1966.
Best known as a master of Blues guitar, Jimmy Rogers began playing music first on the harmonica at the age of eight. After moving to Chicago in 1941 he became one of the city’s best known Blues guitar players. Rogers was born on this day in 1924.
Country / Rock drummer and harmonica player Michael Clarke was born on this day in 1943. Clarke played in The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Firefall. His harmonica playing can be heard on recordings by those groups.
Harmonica player Greg “Fingers” Taylor was a mainstay in Jimmy Buffett’s band for many years. Taylor began playing music at the age of 8 and picked harmonica several years later. Taylor was born on this day in 1952.
Blues harmonica player Henry Strong was stabbed to death on this day in 1954. Strong replaced Walter Horton in Muddy Waters’ band and held that position for a little over a year.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!