Saturday, May 31, 2008

Just a Feelin': John Lee Played Harmonica?

In yesterday's GO section of the Gazette, you might have read:

"An exhibit of historic photos, such as this one of blues great and harmonica blower John Lee Hooker, will be part of the Pikes Peak Big Harp Blowdown at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs.

Honestly, John Lee is not the first name (probably not the 5oth either) that comes to mind when I think of blues harmonica greats.

Well, thanks to your friend and mine, Google, it does appear that on some occasional, John Lee was blowing the Mississipi Saxophone, as evidenced by this photo:

Furthermore, you can see and listen to him on this clip from the American Blues Festival, circa early 60's; a mini harp blowdown of its own, featuring Big Mama Thorton, Big Walter, John Lee, and JB Lenoir.

Now that's the feelin' I'm talking about.

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