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Do you know any cool songs with some badass harmonica in them?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21638points) January 27th, 2011

I answered a question earlier on music, and since then I have been on youtube browsing some songs.

A song I really like is called “Vaya Dia Jeremias” by los porretas. You can hear it here if you want. At about 2:30 in to the video there is a great bit of harmonica playing, I really like harmonica in rock, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Do you know any other songs, with some real good goosebump inducing harmonica playing?

It can be from any style of music, but I would preffer rock, or something with a faster beat.

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ZEPHYRA's avatar

Piano Man!?!?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Sorry, I only saw the faster beat bit now!!!!!!

poisonedantidote's avatar

@ZEPHYRA No problem, thats just preffrence, its all good.

YoBob's avatar

I’ve always liked the harmonica solo in The Romantics “That’s What I Like About You”.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

BB King – Riding with a king!

Cruiser's avatar

Stand is pretty hot. so is the opening here on Fallible finish off with the Groove
Blues traveler is about as crazy as it gets!

fundevogel's avatar

The Legendary Shackshakers – Help Me

The blues are so sexy.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

This one came to mind. ;)

janbb's avatar

Much of Bob Dylan but particularly “Mr. Tamborine Man.”

Judi's avatar

Neil Young Heart of Gold was the first song that came to my head.

lloydbird's avatar

This is the first song that came to mind.

Earthgirl's avatar

The Waifs are great! Australian folk rock group. I saw them open for Bob Dylan. I couldn’t find the best song with harmonica which is Flesh and Blood. But this one shows some of what Donna can do. She can really wail on that harmonica.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Whammer Jammer on the J. Geils Band live album “Full House”. The harmonica player is bandmember Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz and he is incredibly good.

Whammer Jammer

Jude's avatar

Can’t think of anything with a faster beat. When I think of harmonica, I think of Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

charliecompany34's avatar

i don’t think i saw “stevie wonder” anywhere in this thread, but yeah, um, stevie wonder—hands down. his first harmonica entree: “fingertips.”

aprilsimnel's avatar

Seven minutes of pure awesome, right here.

charliecompany34's avatar

check out “isn’t she lovely” off the “keys in the song of life” by stevie—his greatest compilation back in the 70s. his harmonica keeps showing up in many songs after this album, but he can play!

lillycoyote's avatar

I’m kind of a fan of Kim Wilson from/and the Fabulous Thunderbirds and so here’s just a little bit of his awesomeness.

kevbo's avatar

If you can get your hands stuff by a contemporary blues band called “The Plantation Allstars” their lead singer/harmonica player is just solid. Listen to Messin’ with the Kid at about 1:30.

“Christmas Blues” by Eric Clapton and John Popper off of the Very Special Christmas- Live from Washington, D.C. album also rocks.

SuperMouse's avatar

Run Around by Blues Traveler.

AmWiser's avatar

Jimmie G & The Capitols
That’s my friend Roger on harmonica and my friend James on guitar.

john65pennington's avatar

Several years back, James Cotton came out with an LP that knocked my socks off. The music is great. The drummer is grade A and James Cotton blows the wind out of his harmonica.

Its worth a listen on Youtube.

john65pennington's avatar

James Cotton and Rocket 88.

jca's avatar

Miss You – The Stones

DeanV's avatar

The end of the live version of Baba O’Riley has quite a harmonica outro. Fast paced, too.

Cruiser's avatar

@john65pennington Awesome answer! I was thinking of him and trying to remember that name so I could put it up!!

lillycoyote's avatar

Yes, every once in a while, I too forget that you, @john65pennington, are truly awesome and then you pop up with an answer like this. Rocket 88, one of my absolute. all time favorite songs of all time!!! And, yes, James Cotton! Go @john65pennington!

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