Today is the birthday of the great blues musician Slim Harpo (James Moore, 1924-1970). Although just as adept at guitar, he is of course named after his other instrument, the blues harmonica. Originally known as Harmonica Slim, he was the brother-in-law of Lightnin’ Slim.
Both sides of his 1957 debut single (“I’m a King Bee” b/w “I Got Love If You Want It” became major blues and rock standards covered by countless American blues artists and British invasion bands over the years: the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Doors, etc etc. Other successes for Harpo included “Rainin’ in My Heart” (1961), “Shake Your Hips” and “Baby Scratch My Back” (1966). He died of a heart attack at the very young age of 46
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