It has been almost as much a staple instrument of the blues as the guitar. The earliest records of such rock and roll legends as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones featured it frequently enough. A century earlier, and just a few years after a German clockmaker named Matthias Hohner made his first and began to mass produce it, the first such maker to do so, soldiers in both the Union and Confederate Armies are said to have taken comfort carrying and playing the instrument. So was President Abraham Lincoln.
Just in case you missed the first time . . .
- 24 March: The bloody red harmonica blues
- 23 March: A Dope Diamond jubilee
- 17 March: Requiem for a satirist
- 15 March: The hard timing of Stoopnagle & Budd
- 14 March: A deadly lottery
- 13 March: The man who grew up the western
- 12 March: Crime didn’t pay for Carson
- 11 March: Rochester’s enduring stand
- 10 March: A decade late and a dollar short
- 2 March: The slings and arrows of Rocky Fortune
We’re building a history here . . .