[Harp-L] (no subject)
On Aug 28, 2009, at 6:25 AM, George Miklas wrote:
The chromatic player is John "Jack" Allison. He was one of my
mentors. I met
jack in 1977 and he died in 1984.
Jack Allison was a terrific lead player (as well as the other harps).
His family had a real estate business in the north hills of Pgh Pa. I
met Jack back in 64 when I got out of the navy, but had known OF him
Jack (lead), SPAH V.P. Herb Eck (bass) and Pete Whalen (chord) had a
trio back into the late 40s. In the 50s they were doing the clubs in
Pgh and opening for acts at the outdoor stage at Kennywood and West
View amusement parks. People like: Jerry Murad's Harmonicats, the
Skyliners, Del Vikings, and many others.
Then George Miklas played with them as a youngster. Herb STILL has
the trio. It is Herb, Pete Whalen, Dick Biscic. They have been
playing at the Buckeye for the last several years. George, meanwhile
went on to play WITH Jerry Murad on both bass AND chord. George is
currently with the wonderful Harpbeats (with Phil Caltebellotta &
My wife and I started dating in 1965 and got married in 66. We used
to dance to the Jack Allison band. Jack made it to several SPAHs but
unfortunately had a vapor lock back in the mid 80s. He was in his
My dad bought a used chord harmonica from
him on my birthday, April 17, 1979, he turned and gave it to me.
taught me the chords to Galloping Commedians and many other
favorites that I
still play today. Another mentor is bass harmonica player Herb Eck.
Jack & I (I was 14 years old then) began performing together at
Pittsburgh PA and Youngstown, OH.
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