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Harmonica MasterClass (Rob Paparozzi)

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Rob Paparozzi”? 

Who is Rob Paparozzi? He was born in 1952′ in New Jersey as Robert Steven “Rob” Paparozzi and is still alive today performing at age (64) with his band “Psychotic Blues Band.”  Rob Paparozzi is well known in the harmonica world as a Grammy nominated American harmonica player who plays blues and blues rock who also sings along with being a session harmonica player of all styles blues, rock, jazz, classical, folk, pop, funk and country and records on CD’s and commercials.

Rob Paparozzi was first in interested in the harmonica in the 1960s’ when he heard Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles with harmonica in their music on the radio. Then he heard Paul Butterfield playing the harmonica like it was a Saxophone or a Horn in his band called “Paul Butterfield Blues Band”  which really made Rob Paparozzi want to learn to play the harmonica and make him the Harmonica MasterClass he is today.

So, how come you’ve probably never heard of Rob Paparozzi?

That would be because he primarily played in the New Jersey area he did get to open with his band called the “Psychotic Blues Band” several times for “Bruce Springsteen” in New Jersey. He is also a member of the Original Blues Brother’s Band and lead singer for the famous band called “Blood Sweat & Tears.” In the 1960s’  Rob Paparozzi was interested in the sound of the harmonica when he heard Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles music that had harmonica in it on his radio. But he really wanted to learn to plat the  harmonica when he heard Paul Butterfield playing the harmonica like it was a Saxophone or a Horn in his band the “Paul Butterfield Blues Band.”

Rob Paparozzi also has another band called “The Hudson River Rats” and have cut a couple of CD’s in 1994′ and 1999,’ In 2009′ Rob Paparozzi did a solo CD named “Etruscan Soul” Rob Paparozzi is consider one of the Harmonica MasterClass players of all time and has toured with great performers like George Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Whitney Houston and many more…..

Rob Paparozzi has toured with a lot of different artist and styles of music which you can see by all the artist named above.

In 2017′ Rob Paparozzi is currently performing with his band called “Psychotic Blues Band”

Rob Paparozzi started out playing a $2 Hohner Marine Band key of C but when he realized that you have to have different harmonicas for all 12 keys he learned how to play the Chromatic harmonicaand learned all different styles of harmonica from blues to jazz to classical.

Rob Paparozzi & Toots Tillman

Here’s a picture of “Rob Paparozzi” with famous harmonica player “Toot Tillman.”

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a video of Rob Paparozzi 

 

Here’s a video of Rob Paparozzi and “The Husdon River Rats”

Have you ever heard of Rob Paparozzi & The Hudson River Rats?

Have you heard Rob Paparozzi?

Have you ever heard of a Harmonica MasterClass player?

Do you know what a Chromatic harmonica is?

Have you ever played a Chromatic harmonica?

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Larry

 

 

Great harmonica players like “Charlie McCoy” known for Country Harp!

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“Charlie McCoy”

I’m going to be talking about one of the great harmonica players  who is know for country harp but also plays a lot of different styles of harmonica in addition to that he also plays the guitar, Bass and trumpet his name is “Charlie McCoy” who was born Charles Ray “Charlie” McCoy on March 28 1941′ and is still performing today.

Early in Charlie McCoy’s childhood he lived in Miami, Florida with his family his mother bought him a harmonica for a gift for 50 cents Charlie started playing it at age 8 along with the guitar, Bass and trumpet he went on to pursue a career in music.

Charlie McCoy’s first band was a  rock band he played guitar and sang the name of the band was”Charlie McCoy and the Agendas.” When he was 16 years old a friend of his and him went to a Country barn dance radio show called the “Old South Jamboree” in Miami, Florida Charlie’s friend talked to the host of the show about Charlie McCoy performing that night which he did and it went so well Charlie and his rock band got signed to the “Old South Jamboree” the band then went on to enter a rock n roll contest and ended up coming in first place. When Charlie was 18 years old Mel Tillis invited him to Nashville Tennessee in 1959 to future his career he went  to recording companies and producers to promote his music but came up empty handed.

Charlie was devastated when he didn’t get a recording contract in Nashville so he went back to Miami, Florida an enrolled at Miami University and pursued music education as his major and decided to become a music teacher while he was still performing at the “Old South Jamboree.” Charlie McCoy still wanted to pursue a career in music so he went to work as a drummer for the John Ferguson band he had go out and buy a drum set to join them the band didn’t last long and before to long he found himself unemployed for a month until he joined the Stonewall Jackson band as a drummer.

Charlie received  a call from “Jim Denney” a booking agent and told him that Cadence Records had listen to his tape and wanted to sign him Charlie was ecstatic when he heard that Charlies’s first single was cut “Cherry Berry Wine” it reached 99 on the Billboard charts in Nashville.  Jim Denny told Charlie to keep playing the harmonica and do demo sessions.

In 1961 “Chet Atkins” heard Charlies MCcoy’s demo tape and hired him right away. Charlie’s first recorded harmonica song was “I Just Don’t Understand” by Ann Margret for RCA records then another lable heard about Charlie McCoy’s harmonica playing and he played harmonica for the “Roy Orbison band” on the song “Cand Man” it was a million dollar seller Charlie became very ppopular as a studio harmonica player and his album “Good Time Charlie” was No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 1970’s.

Charlie McCoy did over 400 studio sessions a year he also won 2 CMA Awards  and 7 ACM Awards. Charlie went on to play for other acts such as Johnny Cash, Steve Miller band, Perry Como, Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and more.

Charlie McCoy started out playing the Marine Bands and the Hohner Old Standby harmonicas which you can see a description, pricing and purchase them right here through my website and Amazon.

Charlie McCoy’s Custom Harmonica                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Here’s a video of Charlie McCoy  playing 2 harmonicas on “Orange Blossom Special”

Have you ever seen Charlie McCoy?

Have you ever heard Charlie McCoy?

Did you know that Charlie played more than the harmonica?

Have you ever heard Orange Blossom Special by Charlie McCoy?

Did you know that he plays 2 harmonicas on the song Orange blossom Special?

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Larry

Blues harp players “Junior Wells” one of the greats!

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“Junior Wells”

Junior Wells was born in Memphis Tennessee as (Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.) in 1934′ and died in 1998′ he was known for his Chicago style amplified blues harp and vocals that he had developed. Junior wells was known for a couple of very popular songs like (Hoodoo Man Blues) that was one of them but the most famous song was and still is today (Messin with the Kid.)

Junior Wells performed and recorded with a lot of famous blues artist such as Buddy Guy which I show a picture with him below and other great blues harp players like Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker and even the Rock band the Rolling Stones.

Junior Wells learned to play the harmonica by the age of seven from his cousin “Junior Parker” and the famous Sonny Boy Williamson 11 as pictured here. He moved with his mother to Chicago in 1948′ and starting sitting in with local musicians to perfect his harmonica playing but he first performed with a band called “Aces” influenced by “Little Walter” he developed one of the first amplified style harmonica sound that so many harmonica players use today.

Junior Wells made his first recordings in 1952′ where he replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters Band. Wells told the following story, printed on the cover of Hoodoo Man Blues: “I went to this pawnshop downtown and the man had a harmonica priced at $2.00. I wanted that harmonica so bad but couldn’t afford it so I got a job on a soda truck played hooky from school  worked all week and on Saturday the man gave me a dollar and a half. A dollar and a half! For a whole week of work. I went to the pawnshop and the man said the price was two dollars. I told him I had to have that harp. He walked away from the counter and left the harp there. So I laid the dollar and a half on the counter and picked up the harp.

Later when my trial came up, the judge asked me why I did it. I told him I wanted that harp. The judge asked me to play it and when I did he gave the man the 50 cents and hollered “Case dismissed!” (1948)

Junior Wells played all different kinds of harmonicas like the Hohner Blues harp and Chromatic  and others but one of his favorite harmonicas was the Lee Oskar harmonicas.

 

Junior Wells was buried with a tray of Lee Oskar harmonicas
If the information on Wikipedia is reliable, the Hoodoo Man was buried in Chicago in 1998 with a tray of Lee Oskar harmonicas by his side.  Lee Oskar confirms that they were good friends and Junior used his harps. He also recalls hearing a story like this at the time, but he can’t remember any details. Then an email was received from Junior’s Family that stated this……

This is to verify that Jr Wells was buried with Lee Oskar harmonicas. I know this to be a fact because I was there at the funeral. Mr. Oskar also played the most beautiful song (solo). I have never heard a harp played that way before. I would like to thank him for being his friend and honoring us with his presence. The reason I know all of this is because Jr. was my dad. I miss him everyday but his fans and friends help keep him alive for our family. May God bless and keep all of you. Thanks Jr’s Family

 

 

Here’s a video of Junior Wells playing harmonica & Buddy Guy on guitar!

Have you ever heard of Junior Wells?

Did you know he was a great harmonica player?

Did you know that he was one of the first amplified harp players?

Did you know that he replaced the Great “Little Walter” in the Muddy Waters Band”?

Did you know that he played Lee Oskar harmonicas?

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Larry

“Carey Bell” One of the best harmonica players!

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“Carey Bell”

Carey bell was born in Macon, Mississippi as “Carey Bell Harrington” in 1936′ he died in 2007′ of heart failure he was one of the best harmonica players of all times and played a Hohner Super 64 chromatic harmonica.  When Carey Bell was growing up as a child he was very interested in the saxophone because of what he heard from a great saxophone player at that time named “Louis Jordan.” Carey Bell really wanted a saxophone but his families income wasn’t enough at the time to buy him a saxophone so they settled on a “Mississippi Saxophone” better known as the harmonica. It wasn’t long before Carey Bell was listing to the great blues harmonica players like Big Walter Horton, DeFord Baily, Sonny Boy Williamson 11 and Little Walter just to name a few. Carey Bell was already an accomplished harmonica player by the age of 8 he went on to join a blues band with his Godfather who played piano and Carey Bell played bass guitar and harmonica at the age of 13.

In 1956′ Carey Bells Godfather “Lovie Lee” asked him to go to Chicago with him. After being in Chicago for a short period of time he went to go see “Little Walter” perform and was blown away by his harmonica playing he stuck around after the concert just hoping that he might be able to even meet Little Walter which he did meet Little Walter and Walter gave him some playing tips on how to play the harmonica this really excited Carey Bell made him more determined to perfect his playing style to sound like the greats.

Carey Bells main harmonica instructor was “Big Walter Horton” having learned from some of the great blues harp players he pursued playing harmonica while in Chicago but not much of an opportunity for harmonica players at the time so he played the bass guitar and the harmonica in several bands on the West Side of Chicago with the likes of Eddie Taylor and Royal Johnson in 1960’s.

In 1969′ he toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festivals and had an opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Carey Bell went on to play with Muddy Waters inn 1970.’ He went on to played with the (Chicago Blues All Stars) led by Willie Dixon.

In the 1980’s Carey Bell continued to record for different labels. In !990′ Bell teamed up with Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch to record the album “Harp Attack” which I used to practice to first starting to learn to play the harmonica on cassette tapes. Now because of high tech you can pull “Harp Attack” up on YouTube one of the best harmonica recordings of some of the Greatest Blues harmonica Players of all time.

Here’s a video of “Harp Attack”

Have you ever seen Carey Bell?

Have you ever heard Carey Bell?

Did you know who Carey Bell was?

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Larry

Famous Harmonica Player?

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I’m going to be talking about a very famous harmonica player in the harmonica world that you may have heard of or possibly not heard of he is famous for his unique style of playing the Richter tuned diatonic harmonica playing the chromatic scale I explain more about his style of playing below.

“Howard Levy” Harmonica Master

Howard Levy is known for his chromatic playing style on a diatonic harmonica in 1970′ he discovered  techniques on the harmonica called overblow and overdraw which allows him to play the chromatic scale on a Richter tuned diatonic harmonica and play all the missing chromatic notes because of theses techniques.

Howard Levy can plays in a lot of different styles because of his skills such a Classical, Folk, Rock,Jazz, Blues, Latin and World music.  As you can see he covers about every style there is to play the diatonic harmonicawhich most other harmonica players stick to one style or the other like Blues or Country.

Here’s a video interview on Howard Levy the Master of the Harmonica!

 

 

Have you ever heard of  Howard Levy?

Have you ever seen Howard Levy?

Have you ever heard of the  overblow technique?

Have you ever heard of the overdraw technique?

Have you ever used these techniques?

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More famous harmonica players!

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Stevie Wonder”

 

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This post is about more famous harmonica players and one of the greatest and most talented who didn’t let life steal his dream of playing the harmonica and other instruments when he lost his sight at birth was (Stevie Wonder) born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan blind because of receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby.

Stevie Wonder showed an early gift for music, first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan where he and his family had moved to when he was only 4 years old. Singer, Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist. Stevie Wonder made his recording debut at age 12. He taught himself how to play The Harmonica, Piano and Drums all of which he did before the age of 10 years old.

He got signed to a record deal at age 11 with the Motown band the Miracles. Stevie Wonder is still performing currently. Can anyone tell me what it takes to accomplish what Stevie Wonder did with no sight?

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