Classic Harmonica Blues

Classic Harmonica Blues


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Matthias Hohner, a clockmaker by trade, began making harmonicas in Germany in the 1850s, and it became a popular instrument in America in the first decade of the 1900s, particularly among African-American musicians, who embraced the instrument's expressive versatility, inexpensive cost, and complete portability, and it was soon in widespread use among blues musicians. This set, the 21st release in the Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series and compiled and annotated by Barry Lee Pearson and Jeff Place, features some of the great vernacular harmonica players of the 20th century, with tracks drawn from the extensive Folkways Records archives and from live performances recorded at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival by Sonny Terry, Doctor Ross, Eddie Burns, Phil Wiggins, and others who made the harmonica their own.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2013
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074020425
catalogNumber: 740204
Rank: 7407


  1. Theme Song
  2. Heart in Sorrow
  3. Take Your Fingers Off It
  4. Nine Below Zero
  5. Bye Bye Bird
  6. Gillum Blues
  7. Crow Jane Blues
  8. Dog Days of August
  9. Minglewood Blues
  10. Good Morning Little School Girl
  11. Sweet Home Chicago
  12. One Way Out
  13. Boogie Baby
  14. Low Down Blues
  15. Hooka Tooka
  16. Train Piece
  17. Chicago Breakdown
  18. I Feel So Good
  19. Barbara Allen Blues
  20. Custard Pie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Slim   Piano
Henry Townsend   Piano
Geoff Muldaur   Mandolin,Vocals
John Sebastian   Guitar
Arbee Stidham   Guitar
Roscoe Holcomb   Harmonica
Gus Cannon   Jug
Robert Lockwood   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Rishell   Guitar
Neal Pattman   Harmonica,Vocals
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Burse   Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
John Cephas   Guitar,Vocals
George Chambers   Bass
Lester Chambers   Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Chambers   Guitar
Jazz Gillum   Harmonica
Brian Keenan   Drums
Gene Moore   Drums
Fritz Richmond   Jug
Will Shade   Harmonica,Vocals
Johnny Shines   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Vocals
Phil Wiggins   Harmonica
Warner Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Isaiah Ross   Harmonica,Vocals
Charlie Sayles   Harmonica,Vocals
Annie Raines   Harmonica
Lonnie Pitchford   Bass
Jay Summerour   Harmonica
James Wormworth   Percussion
Kent Duchaine   Guitar
Joe Chambers   Guitar
Eddie Burns   Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Carl Martin   Arranger
Neal Pattman   Composer
Willie Chambers   Composer
Jazz Gillum   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Jab Jones   Composer
Noah Lewis   Composer
Rice Miller   Composer
Jeff Place   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Ralph Rinzler   Source Material,Back Cover Photo
Will Shade   Composer
Sonny Terry   Composer
Phil Wiggins   Composer
Joseph Chambers   Composer
Charles Pierce   Composer
Isaiah Ross   Composer
Art Rosenbaum   Engineer
Charlie Sayles   Composer
Duncan P. Schiedt   Cover Photo
Bob Vorel   Source Material
Barry Lee Pearson   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Margot Nassau   Licensing
Mark Gustafson   Marketing
John Lee Williamson   Composer
Sam Charters   Engineer
David Horgan   Marketing
Daniel E. Sheehy   Executive Producer
Nora Simon   Layout
Marshall Seahorn   Composer
Walter McGhee   Composer
Charles Burse   Composer

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