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Album Review

I first discovered "Harmonica" Frank as I delved into the curious and ribald world of risque blues. Mr. Floyd is responsible for some of the biggest screams in this genre. One of these definitely not radio-friendly tunes, "Shampoo" is reissued here along with the rest of his sputtering content. The Yosemite Sam of the singing hobos is earthy and unique. Cutting his teeth in carnival, theater and medicine shows his hillbilly blues gets right to the point, before the cops show up. The glossy booklet fills in gaps on the life of this little-known bridge between rural music of white and black derivations. Definitely one of a kind and another example of the important preservationists made by Genes Records.

Biography

Born: 11 October 1908 in Toccopola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Harmonica Frank Floyd was his own best caricature. A hobo and refugee from the old Southern medicine shows who sang and played like a throwback from the 1920s, he was as colorful as they come, and a case could be made that without Frank there wouldn't have been an Elvis. He was born to itinerant parents on October 11, 1908, in Toccopola, MS, and his parents promptly separated without even giving him a proper name (he decided to call himself Frank Floyd as a teen), leaving Frank to be raised by his...
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