Harmonica Almanac – May 3

Johnny Puleo

Johnny Puleo

Though he was only about 4 feet tall, Johnny Puleo was a giant of the harmonica. Puleo’s popularity with the Harmonica Rascals was so great that there was a shortage of harmonica-playing midgets. Puleo died on this day in 1983.

Astronaut Wally Schirra died on this day in 2007. Schirra played “Jingle Bells” on a Hohner Little Lady harmonica during the Gemini IV flight on December 16, 1965, thus making the harmonica the first musical instrument in outer space.

That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!

I am the author of "The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica", which is still available on the internet in limited edition.

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