Posts Tagged ‘harmonica’

Pontiac Blues

September 24, 2016

“Pontiac Blues,” written and performed by Sonny Boy Williamson ll (Alex “Rice” Miller). Recorded by Trumpet Records in 1951.

Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harmonica), Willie Love (piano), Elmore James & Joe “Willie” Wilkins (guitar), Leonard Ware (bass).

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Toots Thielemans, 1922 — 2016

August 24, 2016

Musician and composer Toots Thielemans, who brought the chromatic harmonica into the realm of jazz, died Monday in his native Belgium. He was 94.

Active in Europe as a jazz guitarist, Mr. Thielemans moved to the U.S. in 1952. While playing guitar in the George Shearing Quintet he began introducing occasional harmonica and whistling numbers (the whistling recording of his composition “Bluesette” became a hit in 1962). From 1959 on he was in demand as a harmonica player for recording sessions, soundtrack work for films, and television theme songs. He played on many pop records but his first love was always jazz.

Often a soloist with big bands, we feel his best work was with small jazz combos, where the intimate tone of his chosen instrument is most striking. Jean-Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans was named a Baron by King Albert II of Belgium in 2001 and honored with an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship in 2009.

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Christmas Morning Blues

December 25, 2015

“Christmas Morning Blues,” composed and performed by John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson (1914 –  1948), harmonica and vocal. The artist is often referred to as “Sonny Boy Williamson 1” to avoid confusion with another performer who later adopted the name. This is a remastered recording of the 1938 Bluebird 78 rpm record.

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Christmas Morning Blues

December 27, 2014

“Christmas Morning Blues,” composed and performed by John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson (1914 –  1948), harmonica and vocal. The artist is often referred to as “Sonny Boy Williamson 1” to avoid confusion with another performer who later adopted the name. This is a remastered recording of the 1938 Bluebird 78 rpm record.

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Jerry McCain, 1930 — 2012

April 1, 2012

Jerry McCain, 1930 -- 2012

Blues musician Jerry “Boogie” McCain died last Wednesday at the age of 81. A native and life-long resident of Gadsden Alabama, he was a gifted harmonica player and singer and a clever songwriter. Mr. McCain’s recording career began in 1953 and extended into this century, and included two influential tracks recorded (according to Larry Benicewicz) in a room over Brittney’s cafe in Birmingham in 1953. Many harmonica players admire the tone and phrasing of the instrumental “Steady“, but Jerry McCain is better know for his song “She’s Tough,” a regional hit later reprised by The Fabulous Thunderbirds twenty years later.

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