Friday, October 7, 2011

10 Harmonica Greats who make Bob Dylan look like a clown (part 1 of 10)

As you may have noticed, I have been absent from the online these days. It is because I m in Australia taming kangaroos with boomerangs and drinking copious Fosters. I have also been working on finishing the first draft of my book and playing music for the first time in what seems like two years. It got me thinking about one of my main obsessions which is exposing the element of fraud behind Bob Dylan's harmonica playing (he claimed that Little Walter taught him how to play). So in order to combat my natural laziness as well as get back at Robert Zimmerman for his blatant lies. So for the next 10 updates I will focus on one of 10 legendary harmonica players. Not to be included on this list is Neil Young, though he is still worlds better than Dylan.
He is throwing his clown nose to the screaming crowd!
10) Greg "Fingers" Taylor. The long time harmonica player in Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, Fingers was born to play the harp. Interestingly, he got the nickname Fingers from a band he was in as a keyboard player, not the fast and furious fluttering he did while creating the scintillating vibrato that was just one element of his soulful playing. Always wanting to be a musician, he was enrolled in University of Southern Mississippi until the day the draft for the Vietnam war was ended. When it was announced that the draft was over he threw his books on the lawn of the school and promptly joined a band. Fingers is still rocking to this day as seen in the following video:

And at some time in the 80's on a slow jam here:

And in his heyday as a Coral Reefer here:

Here is Fingers personal favorite song from the Buffett days (by Keith Sykes):

And in closing with some blues:

Or perhaps, it is a blues song in the making. Hope you enjoyed the music. If not, check with your doctor to see if you have pulse. Barnes.

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