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Old 04-16-2014, 09:51 PM   #1
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Favorite harmonica songs

Time for another music thread...but please no Huey Lewis suggestions

I know there a few players here so maybe they will offer up some surprise picks.
Any harmonica players here?

The idea came from hearing the harp break at 1:27 when this played over the store speakers the other day:


My favorite harmonica jam song:


I found this one looking for the links above. Been listening all evening...
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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The group War featured a great harmonica player, Lee Oskar, who had many featured solos. One of my favorites is in the song "Gypsy Man". Here is Lee performing the solo live:

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Old 04-17-2014, 05:34 AM   #3
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Good one, Jollystomper. Until now I never realized the War lineup had a harmonica player. Listening to them on car radios, I had assumed horns.

This song would be forgettable without the harmonica hook. With it, it's recognizable by millions in just the first few bars:
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+1, and good album altogether.
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I was always kinda liked the mournful/wistful tone Neil gets on "My my, Hey hey" off Rust Never Sleeps.

But my favorite is a Yardbirds cover of "I'm a Man" off their "Live at the Anderson Theater" album in '68. By then the band were in the process of breaking up and reforming as Led Zeppelin, but the collision of old and new produced a strong harmonica vs. guitar duel between Keith Relf and Jimmy Page.
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I found this one looking for the links above. Been listening all evening...
+1 Can't stop listening to this one. I think I heard Sonny Terry in there on one of those.
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It is not a harmonica per se, but how about the harmonica sections of "Piano Man," by Billy Joel?
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Okay, if you don't like Huey, how about a little John Sebastian?

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or:

Cooked:



Blue-eyed soul at it's finest, but, of course, YMMV.
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Not a particularly good recording, but...

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Harmonicats was a funny B&W tv memory.
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