Charlie Musselwhite

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Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite (born January 31, 1944 in Kosciusko , Mississippi ) is an American blues musician ( harmonica , guitar ). His trademark is his expressive and at the same time technically excellent harmonica playing, which makes him one of the best harmonica players worldwide. He became the role model for Dan Aykroyd 's "Blues Brother Elwood".


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Get up! (with Ben Harper )
  DE 91 02/15/2013 (1 week)
  CH 55 02/10/2013 (5 weeks)
  US 27 02/16/2013 (5 weeks)
No Mercy In This Land (with Ben Harper)
  DE 51 04/06/2018 (1 week)
  CH 8th 04/08/2018 (6 weeks)
  US 132 04/14/2018 (1 week)

Musselwhite experienced Memphis when rock 'n' roll was born there. Under the influence of musicians like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis , he learned to play the harmonica and guitar. Will Shade of the Memphis Jug Band became his musical foster father. Musselwhite made his living smuggling whiskey.

At 18, Musselwhite moved to Chicago , where he hoped to find work. Here he came into contact with the "electric" blues . He played with legends like Muddy Waters , Howlin 'Wolf and John Lee Hooker . Big Walter Horton , himself a student of Will Shade, took him under his wing.

In 1967 Musselwhite recorded his debut album Stand Back! With his own band . on. The success took him to California , where he stayed and enriched the hippie scene in and around San Francisco with his blues.

In the course of his career, Charlie Musselwhite has recorded over 20 albums of his own and has been involved in numerous recordings by well-known colleagues, including Bonnie Raitt , Tom Waits and INXS . Musselwhite often played with John Lee Hooker , who was also his best man.

Charlie Musselwhite received a number of awards, including 14 WC Handy Awards, a Grammy (for the album Get Up! With Ben Harper ) and six other Grammy nominations. In 2010 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame of the Blues Foundation .


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