Harmonica Almanac – May 24
Cajun fiddle, guitar and harmonica player Rodney Balfa was born on this day in 1934. Along with his brother Dewey, Rodney was a member of The Balfa Brothers Band which helped to bring Cajun music to a world-wide audience.
Country / Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Rusty York began career as a banjo picker, but also played the harmonica as well. He worked in the Rockabilly field during the 1950’s, but returned to his Bluegrass roots after that. Rusty York was born on this day in 1935.
Folk music icon Bob Dylan was born on this day in 1941. Dylan plays harmonica on a neckbrace and began his career as a studio harmonica player. He inspired thousands to start playing the harmonica.
British Rock guitar and harmonica player Derek Quinn was a part of the British Invasion group Freddie and the Dreamers. Later he played with Jim Capadli, Viv Stanshall and others. Quinn was born on this day in 1942.
Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Dave Moody was born on this day in 1952. Moody plays the harmonica and has been a part of his family’s group, The Moody Brothers since 1968.
Folk / Rock guitar and harmonica player Gene Clark played with the New Christy Minstrels before co-founding The Byrds. He managed to record about a dozen solo albums before he died. Clark died on this day in 1991.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!