Folk singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player Eric Von Schmidt was born on this day in 1930. Von Schmidt began playing professionally in the late 1950’s and was quite active in the Cambridge, Massachusetts Folk music scene. He was also one of Bob Dylan’s early mentors.
Blues singer, guitar, drums and harmonica player Dr. Isiah Ross learned how to play the harmonica from his father at the age of six. He was working professionally by the time he was nine and while he worked with back-up bands, he also worked as a one-man band, playing guitar drums and harmonica at the same time. Ross died on this day in 1993.
Classical composer Jean Berger died on this day in 2002. Berger wrote “Carribean Concerto for Harmonica and orchestra” in 1940 for Larry Adler.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!