Junior Wells
The Best of Slim Harpo [Hip-O]
His Best [MCA]
Willie Dixon

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It's unclear who was the first bluesman to blow his harp into a cheap microphone plugged into an equally cheap public address system and distort it beyond belief, but the artist who made the genre known as Electric Harmonica Blues come to life was none other than Little Walter Jacobs. Its greatest single innovator, greatest-selling artist, and the wellspring of the entire genre, Jacobs' tone became the sound to emulate, and his legacy has persisted in defining the sound and style of the genre decades after his death. Not unlike Charlie Parker's shadow in modern jazz and Hank Williams, Sr.'s in country, Walter's influence has so saturated the genre that it has only been in the last decade or so that new players have turned to the other geniuses of the form (most notably Walter Horton) for inspiration, finding new and innovative ways to express themselves on this humble instrument.

Electric Harmonica Blues Artists Highlights

Junior Wells
Junior Wells
Willie Dixon
Willie Dixon
Little Walter
Little Walter
Big Walter Horton
Big Walter Horton
Charlie Musselwhite
Charlie Musselwhite
Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed

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Electric Harmonica Blues Album Highlights

The Best of Slim Harpo [Hip-O]
Slim Harpo
The Best of Slim Harpo ...
His Best [MCA]
Sonny Boy Williamson II
His Best [MCA]
His Best
Little Walter
His Best
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
John Mayall & the ...
Bluesbreakers with Eric ...
Blues Masters: The Very Best of Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed
Blues Masters: The Very ...
Mouth Harp Maestro
Big Walter Horton
Mouth Harp Maestro

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Electric Harmonica Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
I'm a King Bee Slim Harpo
Your Funeral and My Trial Sonny Boy Williamson II
Mean Old World Little Walter
All Your Love
Eric Clapton / John Mayall / John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
Jumpin' Blues Big Walter Horton
I'm a King Bee Slim Harpo
Lights Out Little Walter
My Babe Little Walter
Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed

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