Charlie Musselwhite, harmonica player
Singer ~ Harmonica player
birth name: Charles Douglas Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite

January 31, 1944, Kosciusko, MS

Musselwhite, a blues singer and harmonica player, said in a recent interview with the London Times, that he was born in interesting times. Those times were partying with Elvis Presley as a teenager, calling John Lee Hooker his best friend and playing on Tom Waits's recent recordings. It has been said that actor Dan Aykroyd describes Musselwhite as his inspiration for his character in “The Blues Brothers.” ~ Star Herald: Charlie Musselwhite ~ retrieved June 21, 2013 © Star Herald

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January 31, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Ritchie Valens, Donna ~ #2 (2) Connie Francis, My Happiness ~ #1 (1) The Platters, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes


Harmonica wizard Norton Buffalo can recollect a leaner time when his record collection had been whittled down to only the bare essentials: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's South Side Band. Paul Butterfield and Musselwhite will probably be forever linked as the two most interesting, and arguably the most important, products of the “white blues movement” of the mid- to late '60s - not only because they were near the forefront chronologically, but because they both stand out as being especially faithful to the style. Each certainly earned the respect of his legendary mentors. No less than the late Big Joe Williams said, “Charlie Musselwhite is one of the greatest living harp players of country blues. He is right up there with Sonny Boy Wiliamson, and he's been my harp player ever since Sonny Boy got killed.” ~ Allmusic: Charlie Musselwhite ~ retrieved June 21, 2013 © Allmusic

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Tom Waits ~ Mule Variations (1999) ~ Ranked #416 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ After five silent years, Variations was the victorious return of Waits' rawboned, bluesy art rock. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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