George "Harmonica" Smith

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George "Harmonica" Smith in 1980

George "Harmonica" Smith (born Allen George Smith, April 22, 1924 – October 2, 1983)[1] was an American electric blues harmonica player.[2] Apart from his solo recordings, Smith is best known for his work backing both Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton.

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.[1]

Selected discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Erlewine. "George "Harmonica" Smith | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  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.
  4. ^ "George "Harmonica" Smith* - ...Of The Blues". Discogs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ "George Smith (4) - No Time For Jive". Discogs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  6. ^ "George "Harmonica" Smith* - Arkansas Trap". Discogs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ "George Smith (4) - Blowin' The Blues". Discogs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  8. ^ "George "Harmonica" Smith discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  9. ^ "George "Harmonica" Smith* - Boogie'n With George". Discogs. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  10. ^ Larry Hoffman. "Harmonica Ace: The Modern Masters - George "Harmonica" Smith | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  11. ^ Live recordings from 1983 at Chuy's in Tempe, Arizona.
  12. ^ "Teardrops Are Falling - George "Harmonica" Smith | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  13. ^ "George "Harmonica" Smith - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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