Harmonica Almanac – March 2

Best known as a guitarist, Doc Watson was born on this day in 1923. Watson became known for his style of guitar picking, but also played the harmonica on a neckbrace.

Blues singer and washboard player Papa Alexander Lightfoot also played the harmonica, having learned it as a child growing up in Mississippi. He made his first recordings in 1949 and remained active until his death in 1971. Lightfoot was born on this day in 1924.

Blues guitar and harmonica player Roy Sidney Dunn died on this day in 1988. Dunn Had been working in music since the age of 9 and later worked with Blues legends Blind Willie McTell, Buddy Moss and many others.

Shakey Jake Harris learned how to play the harmonica from John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson. He began playing professionally in the late 1940’s and during his career worked with Little Walter, Muddy Waters, John Mayall and others. Harris died on this day in 1990.

Country music harmonica pioneer Lonnie Glosson died on this day in 2001. Glosson had been playing since he was 10 years old and was playing professionally by the time he was in his teens. He often teamed with fellow harmonica player Wayne Raney for a twin harmonica sound.

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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