Who is your favorite harmonica player (s) and favorite tune?

I have two players:
Terry McMillan
Dennis Cooper.

John Gindick’s “When We Die We All Come Back As Music”
Terry McMillan’s “This Train”, that JP Posted!
Dennis Cooper: “A Foggy Day in London”

I’d post a song but-I’m NO good at that!

Ok, I’ll bite.
Buddy Green-Mary Did You Know


Tony Eyers-

I’ve got to jump in and put up another vote for Terry McMillan. He poured everything he had into everything he played. He’s definitely an inspiration in many ways.

Well of Course Its NONE other than BOB DYLAN ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

OH wait a minute harmonica player ok ok alright :o

We’ve seen him here before nothing different but this is my favorite :-\


Still like Bobby though :wink:

Harp on!!

I love listening to a lot of players…and I have an endless list of favorite recordings. :smiley: However, my favorite has always been Sonny Terry. I started playing the harmonica because of him. This was the recording that inspired me -

Sonny Terry-Lost John

Hello, I’m from Italy so, as always, I apologize for my English and for every mistake Im gonna make in this post… :-[

My favorite harmonica player? Well, I can hardly tell… I love a lot of harmonica players, according to the period or style: prewar, postwar acoustic, electric…

About prewar: DeFord Bailey, Sonny Terry, Jaybird Coleman, Peg Leg Sam (he recorded in the 70s but he played like 40 or 50 year before), Johnny Woods (he also recorded late in his career, but his style goes up to the roots of the Mississippi Hills. GREAT!), Eddie Mapp, Palmer McAbee, and in many other more obscure or almost unknown solo players like Horace Sprott (I love the way he plays his “lonesome” harmonica).

Talkin about postwar, my favorite ones are the masters of the electric Delta blues and Chicago blues: in the Delta Frank Frost (he is often underscored nowadays), Willie Foster, Sam Myers (the early one), J.D. Short (but he played acoustic old time stuff. Great!)… In Chicago: Little Walter, Sonny Boy I, Junior Wells but also Billy Boy Arnold, Good Rocking Charles, James Cotton…
But my idols are BIG WALTER and RICE MILLER!
I think there’s no comparison with that two rascals! But if I should make a choose I perhaps would vote for Rice Miller! He was simply a genius: he, with Willie Dixon, was also a fine, original lyrics composer, different from a lot of many good bluesmen who sang almost the same stuff their fathers used to sing. His music was original too and I’m not going to talk about his singing and playing… WOW! Perhaps the harp of Big Walter is the absolutely the best, but Rice Miller was more complete, 360°… I have all his recordings form the 50s to 1965 (rare stuff too) and I can say he, on my opinion, was simply unique! Perhaps, I don’t know why, Big Walter is less celebrated, that’s why (here in Italy and Europe in general) many people disregard him, but I own his most famous but also very rare, lost recordings and I declare many people don’t know what is all about! ;D

So, I can say that Rice Miller and Big Walter are my favorite! But I pay a big debt to a lot of other blowers… (in some cases obscure musicians are more interesting than the most celebrated…).

My favorite tune is more difficult to say: I could remember hundreds of songs. Perhaps TRUST MY BABY by Rice Miller is one of the best blues ever recorded.



I’m with Bert right down the line regarding Sonny Boy II, he’s my favorite and his song “Don’t Get Me To Talk’in” is my favorite song. This guy (Sonny Boy II) was there at the beginning of harp playin the Blues and singing the Blues. My #2 is Little Walter Jacob and “Juke”.


Methinks ya’ll underrate SBI –

Short-lived, yas…

But there was enough left behind to enjoy and hear his influences on SBII as well:

Sonny Boy Williamson I - Good Gal Blues