I can't remember my first true harmonica encounters, but I do
recall the first real impression the harp made on me. I was flipping
channels and landed on a pbs program with a harp player named Johnny
Woods playing out on his porch with his wife singing. Johnny Wood's
playing was so terrific, it inspired me to get that dusty harmonica
out of a drawer I had and check it out.
Also, I remember seeing a Midnight Special tv show, with probably
Paul Butterfield and John Mayall playing. These players were introduced as
bandleaders and, especially with Mayall, were influential musicians able to
shape impressionable players.
From: Bruce Steinberg <bruces@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Primal harp?
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 12:04:17 PST
I've been wondering -- what is everyone's first recollection of
ever just ~being aware~ of harmonicas? Not necessarily playing
one, but just getting turned on to the concept in general.
Westerns? Prison movies? Stage acts? Christmas stocking
stuffers? "Love Me Do"? Friends or family? Old records?
New records? HARP-L? Living over a blues joint? John Popper?
I'll start: I remember actually seeing Johnny Puleo with the
Harmonica Rascals live at the old Roxy in NY and digging his
cowboy chaps (sorry, George, et al -- I was a ~real little kid~
at the time ;-) but also being impressed that such a little guy
could play such a big instrument -- whatever it was. :)
I also remember the first "harmonica" I ever played being a
harp-shaped candy container made of wax that actually made notes
when you blew (or was that sucked?) on it. (Anyone else remember
these puppies?) I didn't pick up a Marine Band for another 20
years or so, but you never forget your first love (or the taste
of that wax :). B*
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