of the Blues Harp
|This is the bio note on Carey Bell from my harmonica
transcription/instruction book Masters of Blues Harp, which has a
transcription of Bell's I'm Ready from Carey Bell's Blues Harp
( Delmark 622)
|Carey Bell Harrington was born in Macon, Georgia in 1936
and began playing harmonica at age 8. He spent some time working near
Meridan, Mississippi in the early 1950s before moving to Chicago in
1956. He soon became a Maxwell street regular, playing with such greats
as Little Walter Jacobs and Big Walter Horton, and later recording with
Earl Hooker and John Lee Hooker in the late 1960s.
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, and Chicago erupted into riots during which Bell was badly beaten by a policeman. He decided to buy a gun and hunt down the officer, but on his way to get the pistol he wisely changed his mind in favor of buying a set of harmonicas with the money.
It proved a turning point in his career. By the next year he recorded his first album under his own name for Delmark, and has since enjoyed a successful career. He cut with Muddy Waters for The London Sessions of 1972, and later worked with Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, and others in addition to recording several albums under his own name. Harpslinger on JSP is considered a fine example of his work. He is still active as a performer.
Home | Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Books | Harmonica Books | Music Lessons | CDs
Harmonica Main | Celtic Main | Blues Main | Fingerstyle Main | Woodstock 69 | Reviews
Free Celtic Guitar Arrangements | Free Celtic Harmonica Arrangements | Online Celtic Tunebook
Writings | MySpace Page | Discographies | To Order Books | Contact | Links | Translate