Harmonica Almanac – May 9
Canadian Country singer songwriter Hank Snow was born on this day in 1914. Snow learned to play the harmonica after hearing recordings by Vernon Dalhart. He began recording in 1936 and remained active until his death in the late 1990’s.
Harmonica soloist Eddy Manson began his career in Vaudeville playing with The Harmonica Rascals and the Harmonica Hi-Hats. He later studied clarinet at Julliard. Manson also did a lot of studio work on records and in movies. Manson was born on this day in 1919.
Rock singer, guitar and harmonica player Steve Katz was born on this day in 1945. Katz was a part of the 1960’s jug band movement then went on to play with the Groups, Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Country guitar and harmonica player John McGhee worked with partner Frank Welling from 1917 until the mid-1930’s, recording over 250 songs for various labels. McGhee died on this day in 1945.
Singer-songwriter, piano and sometimes harmonica player Billy Joel was born on this day in 1949. Joel usually has other people play the harmonica, but his signature playing on the song “Piano Man” is an iconic harmonica piece.
Blues singer and harmonica player Lester Butler had a short, but very productive career, playing with R.L. Burnside, Billy Boy Arnold, Mick Jagger and recording a couple of albums of his own. Butler died in this day in 1998.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!