Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, May 20, 2011

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1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

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This week is actually last weeks Five, but as we all know Blogger had a tummy ache and puked all our blogs for a day or two.

Harmonica...yes, the harp, mouth organ, French harp, blues it what you will, but it is an instrument that you hear across all genres...rock, country, bluegrass, blues...maybe not rap, but is that really a genre?

OK, let's not get off track here...

These are five incredible harp players with a little info on each...the info comes from Harmonica

Sonny Boy Williamson I
"Sonny Boy made the harp the lead instrument in the blues and his first (May1937) recordings were in country style. He is considered as one of most important and creative blues performers to emerge during the mid-to late 1930's."

Little Walter
"Little Walter could make his harp sound like a tenor sax, he was instrumental in defining the sound that is now known as Chicago blues harp. Singer, composer, bandleader and peerless harmonica virtuoso, Little Walter was unquestionably the single finest blues artist to have been produced by the post war Chicago blues movement."

Sonny Terry
"Whooping and wailing like a man possessed, Sonny Terry drew listeners into a sultry musical world populated with hot headed women and worried men. Though he often employed an ethereal falsetto voice, he was also capable of unleashing hair-raising hollers. His harmonica style was similarly compelling. The North Carolina-born legend would vocalize through his harp, thus intensifying the plaintive moan of the instrument."

Paul Butterfield
"In the 1960's in the blues clubs on Chicago's south side, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was setting off the first depth charges of what would come to be a worldwide blues explosion. Its main role model was the reigning Hoochie Coochie Man himself, Muddy Waters."

James Cotton
"James Cotton is one of the best-known blues harmonica musicians in the world, and certainly one of the best of the modern Chicago blues stylists, recognized for the power and precision of his playing."

Charlie Musselwhite
Musselwhite masters the old Chicago tradition and at the same time experiments like no one else does. Understanding what position he plays on certain tunes is an interesting challenge! This site is the new official one and features lots of info, soundbytes, and goodies to purchase.


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3 Of Your Sparks

  1. Jay Says:
  2. When I was in college I used to go down to this dive bar and see Earl's Garage play. They had a dude who was a really great harmonica player. Just thought I'd share that with ya.

  3. Travis Cody Says:
  4. Great selection. I really enjoyed that Set.

  5. Wavy Says:
  6. Oooooohhh...great tunes. So much music, so little time.


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