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Harmonica

The gravestone of blues harmonica star Sonny Boy Williamson II shows this as his brith date. Sonny Boy himself, however, claimed to have been born on 5 December, 1899, on the Sara Jones Plantation near Glendora, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, USA. Other evidence suggests some time in 1912.
Bandleader and Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria is born in Havana, Cuba.
Blues guitarist and harmonica player John Brim is born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA.
James Moore is born in Lobell, Louisiana, USA, He will grow up to be gutbucket blues harmonica star Slim Harpo.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Paul Specht And His Orchestra record The Things That Were Made For Love for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Blues guitarist, harmonica player, organist and pianist Frank Frost is born in Augusta, Arkansas, USA. He will work as a sideman to Sonny Boy Williamson II, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Conway Twitty and Little Milton.
The Chatman Brothers record twelve duets for Victor Records in The St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. At the same session, four songs are recorded by Mississippi Matilda and six by Eugene Powell. As the evening wears on, they record eight harmonica blues by Robert Hill and finally twelve blues by Bo Carter.
Robert Lee McCoy (better known as Robert Nighthawk) records Gonna Keep It For My Daddy, Never Leave Me and other tracks for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His accompanists include Sonny Boy Williamson 1st on harmonica.
One-man-band Joe Hill Louis records I Feel Like A Million and Heartache Baby, for Modern Records at Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Larry Adler, billed as 'The World's Greatest Harmonica Virtuoso' plays at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R'n'b singer/guitarist Lowell Fulson records Reconsider Baby, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Lita Roza appears on the ATV show Jack Hylton Presents, in the UK.
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records Take Me Back in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
The first trial edition of Oh Boy, the latest pop show from UK tv producer Jack Good, is broadcast, featuring Marty Wilde, in the English Midlands region only. On the same day, Neil Arthur of UK 70s electro-pop duo Blancmange, is born in Lancashire, UK.
The original cast soundtrack album to the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, is recorded in New York City, USA, by MGM Records.
Big Joe Williams, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee play at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA
John Lee Hooker is playing two weeks of shows at Gerde's Folk City, New York City, USA, supported by up-and-coming folkie Bob Dylan.
Muddy Waters, Little Walter and The "5" Royales play the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Hop Wilson And His Buddies record I Done Got Over for Ivory Records in Houston, Texas, USA.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK.
Blues mandolinist Yank Rachell, wth Hammie Nixon on harmonica and jug, plus Sleepy John Estes, Mike Bloomfield and Big Joe Williams on guitars, records Up And Down The Line, Bye Bye Baby, Stop Knockin' on My Door, Doorbell Blues, When My Baby Comes Back Home and Get Your Morning Exercise for Delmark Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blues harmonica virtuoso Walter 'Shakey' Horton records the album The Soul Of Blues Harmonica, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records. Musicians on the album include Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon.
Sonny Boy Williamson II plays at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK, supported by Alexis Korner. The show is a tribute to recently deceased British blues maestro Cyril Davies.
The Cyril Davies All Stars with Long John Baldry play at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, UK.
Johnny Cash records the Bob Dylan composition It Ain't Me Babe, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Sessioneers include Charlie McCoy on harmonica and Norman Blake on guitar, with The Carter Family supplying harmony vocals.
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Jimmy Powell And The Five Dimensions play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK.
Bob Dylan plays a live show in Royce Hall Auditorium, Pasadena, California, USA.
Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield and his ad-hoc band, The Group, has the first of two auditions with Columbia Records' A+R boss, John Hammond in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Demo tracks, I've Got You In The Palm Of My Hand, Last Night, Feel So Good and Goin' Down Slow, are recorded but will not be released by the label. Charlie Musselwhite plays harmonica on the session.
Manfred Mann, The Kinks and The Honeycombs begin a tour of Australia, Oceania.
Blues star Buddy Guy appears on UK tv show Ready, Steady, Go!. He also plays at The Fender Club, Harrow, London, UK, supported by aspiring vocalist Rod Stewart and The Soul Agents.
Jefferson Airplane play at The Matrix, San Francisco, California, USA, with bluesman J.C. Burris.
Blues harmonica maestro Little Walter (Jacobs) dies, apparently from head injuries sustained in a knife fight in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band plays the last of three nights at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by The Psychedelic Stooges and The MC5.
The Grateful Dead, Charlie Musselwhite and Petris play the second of two nights at The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Taj Mahal and Tim Buckley play the first of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Stevie Wonder and The Hollies appear on UK tv show This Is Tom Jones.
Albert Collins plays the first of seven nights at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Charlie Musselwhite.
B.B. King, Santana, Taj Mahal, The Flaming Groovies, Aum and The Frost play the second of three nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Blues harmonica maestro Corky Siegel plays the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Doug Sahm and Band record Tennessee Blues, Your Friends and Papa Ain't Salty in New York City for Atlantic Records, with Bob Dylan playing guitar and harmonica.
Help Me by Joni Mitchell on Asylum Records enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No7 during an eleven-week run. It will prove to be her only Top 10 single.
Sleeper play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
Twenty-five limited edition boxed sets of seven Bob Dylan Signature Hohner Marine Band Harmonicas plus 100 single Dylan Signature Harmonicas go up for sale online.
Stevie Wonder headlines the The Summer Sonic festival, Osaka, Japan, Asia. a-ha, on their Ending On A High Note Tour also play at Summer Sonic.
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Cara Luft, Chic Gamine, Danny Barnes, Della Mae, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and The Wood Brothers play at The Winnipeg Folk Festival 2014, in Birds Hill Provincial Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Badly Drawn Boy plays at Oran Mor, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
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