Hello Harmonica Lovers!
Best Harmonica Players!
Where do I start, that’s a pretty broad subject, I guess best harmonica players would depend on the harmonica player, and the kind of music being played. Some of the best harmonica players are Blues players, Country players, Jazz players, and more, styles to come in another post. I’m going to be giving you some familiar names, and faces in all these styles, some you probably new, and some you probably haven’t.
“Little Walter” would be at the top of the list, harmonica players for centuries, have been trying to duplicate his sound, very few have been successful. Little Walter was born 1930′ died 1968′ he was 37yrs old. I wrote a post earlier on Little Walter, and the kind of harmonica he used, a (Hohner Marine Band) most of the earlier harmonica players used the same harmonica, because that’s what was available back then. I have a video of Little Walter that you can see here>Little Walter
“Sonny Boy Williamson 11” was also at the top of the list for blues players, he also as I stated above played a (Hohner Marine Band), several other Hohner harmonicas like the Big 364, and 365 Marine Band 12 and 14 hole harmonicas to get that big full sound! Sonny Boy Williamson 11 was born 1912′ died 1965 he was 52yrs old.
“Charlie McCoy” would be at the top of the list, when it comes to country harmonica players. Charlie McCoy has been known as the Godfather of modern bluegrass, and country he has played on dozens of hit records, and has played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and many more. Charlie McCoy was born 1941′ and is still alive at age 74yrs old, and still performing today.
“Mickey Raphael” also known for his country style harmonica, he has been playing in the same band for over 30 yrs, in the Willie Nelson’s Band, Mickey likes to play Marine Bands, Hohner Special 20’s, and a Big River harmonicas are some of his favorites. Mickey Raphael was born 1951′ and is alive currently, and still performing with the Willie Nelson Band.
“Toots Thielemans” is one of the first choices, when it comes to Jazz harmonica players, Toots Thielemans was a belgian American jazz musician who was known for playing a Chromatic Harmonica , and performed with the Benny Goodman band in 1949′ touring Europe was known for playing where he got his start playing harmonica. Toots Thielemans was born 1922′ died 2016′ he was 94 yrs. old
“Howard Levy” would be the next choice, of Jazz harmonica players at the top of the list. His style of playing, is Jazz fusion, Latin, Funk, Folk, Blues, Country, Classical Rock, and World Music. Howard Levy is an all around harmonica player, and can play multiple genres as you can see by the long list above. Howard Levy was born 1951′ and is still alive today, and performing, he plays a diatonic harmonica, and can play every note in the chromatic scale on it. Most harmonica players need a chromatic harmonica to play the chromatic scale.
Have you ever heard of Little Walter?
Have you ever heard of Sonny Boy Williamson 11?
Have you ever heard of Charlie McCoy?
Have you ever heard of Mickey Raphael?
Have you ever heard of Toots Thielemans?
Have you ever heard of Howard Levy?
Have you ever heard of any of these styles, on the harmonica?
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