Daily Almanac - May 25

Country harmonica pioneer Dr. Humphrey Bate was born on this day in 1875.
bate learned how to play the harmonica from former slaves who worked on his
father's farm.  At one point in his career as a musician, Bate was playing
in three bands and would later bring Deford Bailey to WSM radio to launch
the Grand Old Opry radio show.
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Country multi-instrumentalist Ernest "Pop" Stoneman was born on this day in
1893.  Stoneman was best known as the patriarch of a large musical family
and as a major promoter of the autoharp, but he also played the harmonica as

Blues harmonica player Bill Dicey was born on this day in 1936.  Dicey was
an influential player on the East coast and worked with Slim Harpo, Victoria
Spivey, John Hammond Jr. and other Blues legends.

Blues harmonica legend Rice Miller, also known as "Sonny Boy Williamson II",
died on this day in 1965.  Miller first influenced a geberation of Blues
players with his work on the King Biscuit Time radio show, then moved to
Chicago and made records for the Chess label.  Before he died he toured
Europe and made recordings with the Yardbirds and the Animals.
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That's all I have for today.  Have fun and practice.

Peter Krampert, author
The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica

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