George "Harmonica" Smith

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George "Harmonica" Smith in 1980

George "Harmonica" Smith (April 22, 1924 – October 2, 1983)[1] (born Allen George Smith) was an American electric blues harmonica player.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in West Helena, Arkansas, United States, but brought up in Cairo, Illinois, he began playing professionally in 1951.[3] He joined the Muddy Waters' band in 1954 and played intermittently with that group.[3] He spent most of his life living on the West Coast of the United States.[3]

Smith played with Bacon Fat a blues group before working with Big Mama Thornton in the 1970s.[3] He played harmonica on her live album Jail in 1975.[3]

George "Harmonica" Smith died in 1983, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 59.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic.com - accessed May 2009
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 167. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 

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