Tag Archives: Harmonica

Jazz Gillum – Harmonica Pioneer

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Jazz Gillum – (William Mc Kinley Gillum aka « Jazz ») Indianola, Mississippi, september 11 1904 – Chicago, Illinois, March 29 1966 For many years Jazz Gillum was the main and only harmonica player in the Chicago blues bands. He took part in modernizing the genre and opened the path for Little Walter and Big Walter Horton who eventually got much more famous than ...

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Harmonica country pioneer : Wayne Raney

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Wayne Raney (1920-1993) One of the pioneer of Country-music harmonica, Raney often teamed up with another great player and his early mentor Lonnie Glosson. Instead of competing with each other they often played duos. Wayne Raney is famous for his participation in the Delmore Brothers band (see the picture above) who are credited for crafting Rockabilly back in the 40s. in 1946 ...

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Harmonica pioneer : Deford Bailey

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Deford Bailey is one of the true pioneer of the harmonica. He was part of the vast recording campaigns done in the 1920s that left us so many blues and folk recordings from artists who remained unknown or made a career. Deford Bailey was one of the most popular artist at the Grand ole Opry of Nashville. He made 2 major recordings in 1927 ...

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Harmonica Blog Kick-off

Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for subscribing to the Harmonica Blog I am slowly starting to begin and will post gear reviews, music samples, videos, lessons, tips, tricks and much more 🙂 I would really love to make this interactive so please don’t hesitate to comment the posts, share or contact me if you have any special requests. A ...

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