Blues History

Here are some of the most important figures in the history & development of blues harmonica. I am also including some non-harmonica players who played a big role in this music.

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Historical Blues Harmonica Masters:

John Lee Williamson (“Sonny Boy Williamson #1″)

“Little Walter” Jacobs

“Big Walter” Horton

Rice Miller (“Sonny Boy Williamson #2″)

George “Harmonica” Smith

James Cotton

Junior Wells

Snooky Pryor

“Papa” Lightfoot

Sam Myers

Sonny Terry

Slim Harpo

Jimmy Reed

Jerry McCain

Lazy Lester

Billy Boy Arnold

Forrest City Joe

DeFord Bailey

Howlin’ Wolf

Rhythm Willie

Junior Parker

Important Blues Artists That Feature Harp:

Muddy Waters

Jimmy Rogers

Otis Spann

Johnny Shines

Sunnyland Slim

Floyd Jones

Johnny Young

Willie Dixon

Torch-Bearers & Contemporary Masters:

Rod Piazza

Charlie Musselwhite

Paul Butterfield

Paul Oscher

Jerry Portnoy

Rick Estrin

Steve Guyger

Jim Liban

Pierre Beauregard

Kim Wilson

Magic Dick

William Clarke

Paul deLay

Nat Riddles

Gary Primich

Mark Hummel

(this list is by no means all-inclusive and will continue to grow)

Know of an artist you think should be listed here? Tell me!

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