Muddy Waters' Harp Players - A Chronology
|The following chronology of the harmonica players in the
Muddy Waters Band was compiled by Robert Eagle and edited by Scott Dirks. - Glenn Weiser
See also: Glenn Weiser's Blues Pages
Glenn's Harmonica Pages
Harmonica Books by Glenn Weiser
|1946: Jimmy Rogers
1947: Little Walter?
1948: Little Walter
1949: Little Walter
1950: Little Walter (recording with Muddy by about June 1950: CHESS #1434); Jr. Wells
1951: Little Walter
1952: Little Walter: left sometime after "Juke" became a hit.
1952, late: Jr. Wells (including WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR SWEET MAN (CHESS #1542); STANDING AROUND CRYING and GONE TO MAIN
STREET (both CHESS #1526) and IODINE IN MY COFFEE).
1953, early: Jr. Wells (until called up - "short time")
1953, mid-winter: Walter Horton (for 6 or 8 months - "a good while")
1953, late: Henry "Pot" Strong. Jr. Wells back, Absent Without Official Leave.
1954, early: Henry Strong (until his death: 3 June 1954)
1954, June: George Smith (for a year)
1955: George Smith (until about June)
1955, mid: probably George Smith
1955: Jr. Wells? (possibly for a short time while Absent Without Official Leave)
1956: Elgie "Little Sonny" Willis?
1956: James Cotton? (from 1955?) found at West Memphis, Arkansas.
1957: James Cotton
1959: Isaac Washington for United Artists LP in New Jersey - hired by Alan Lomax for Muddy's Carnegie Hall concert.
1959: James Cotton?
1959: Willie Anderson for approximately one month.
1960: James Cotton
1961: James Cotton (to about August when he went to England.)
1962, about February: George "Mo - Jo" Buford
1962, August: George "Mo - Jo" Buford still
1962, about December: George "Mo - Jo" Buford (moved to Minneapolis in about December 1962/ January 1963, left after Pat Hare, but he took Pat with him).
1963: James Cotton
1964: James Cotton (including November 1964 at Cafe Au Go Go, New York City.)
1965: James Cotton (including 2 July 1965)
1966: James Cotton (including 25 April 1966 at San Francisco) (Arhoolie LP #1032)
1966, June: Cotton left to form own group (refer Blues Unlimited 35 / 6)
1966, about July: George Smith (including NYC, August 1966) (refer Jazz Journal October 1966).
1966, about December: George Smith (left a "few weeks ago" as at 3/1/67)
1967: George Buford (replaced Smith & including July 1967 & November 1967) (refer Record Research
1968, about March: Birmingham Jones (to about October 1968)
1968, November: Paul Oscher (incl English tour) (refer Blues Unlimited 59/12). Other sources have Oscher playing with Muddy as early as July 1968.
1969, January: Paul Oscher (Philadelphia) (refer "Road Runner")
1969 Jeff Carp and Paul Butterfield for "Fathers & Sons" recording sessions
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