Daily Almanac - January 10
Western outlaw Frank James was born on this day in 1843. James was the
brother of Jesse James and as legend has it, an avid harmonica player. It
is said that a harmonica that he carried in his breast pocket once stopped a
Blues guitar and harmonica player Sam Chatmon was born on this day in 1897.
Chatmon was part of a large musical family that included Charlie Patton, Bo
and Lonnie Chatmon as well. His recordings with "The Mississippi Sheiks" is
a must for any serious Blues collector.
For more information about the life, career and recordings of Sam Chatmon,
Country singer and harmonica player Garley Foster was born on this day in
1905. Foster worked with the Carolina Tarheels during the 1920's and 30's
as well as playing with Doc Watson during the 1950's and 60's.
For more about the life, career and recordings of Garley Foster, please
Blues harmonica player Neal Pattman was born on this day in 1926. Pattman
was playing for tips for years before he retired from his career as a
dishwasher to pursue harmonica as a full-time advocation.
For more about the life, career and recordings of Neal Pattman, please
Rock singer Rod Stewart was born on this day in 1945. Stewart began his
career in the early 1960's with the group Steampacket and he still plays the
harmonica from time to time in concert.
For more information about the life, career and recordings of Rod Stewart,
Blues harmonica player Johnnie Hoy was born on this day in 1957. Hoy has
been playing around the Cape Cod area for years and he's released several
CD's of his Chicago-style blues.
For more about the life, career and recordings of Johnnie Hoy, please visit:
Blues singer, guitar and harmonica player Chester Burnett, better known as
Howlin' Wolf, died on this day in 1976. Wolf was one of the greatest Blues
men to come out of the city of Chicago. His grave in Hillside, Illinois has
a harmonica engraved on it.
For more about the life, career and recordings of Howlin' Wolf, please
Wade Walton, blues barber and harmonica player died on this day in 2000.
Walton maintained a barbershop in Clarksdale, Mississippi and there was
hardly a great Blues player's head he didn't trim.
For more about the life, career and recordings of Wade Walton, please visit:
That's all I have for today. Have fun and practice.
Peter Krampert, author
The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica
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