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A new clasification

A HARMONICA in new light. Brought this sound to life!

Master of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica

For the true afficianado of folk music in general and Sam Hinton in particular, this is a desirable purchase. However, it is not an album in the standard sense. It is a collection of spoken introductions followed by songs played on the harmonica, as the title indicates. Don't buy it if you strictly want something to sing along with. But if you are a student of folk music, this may be best value ever -- 124 tracks of knowledgeable commentary and lovely harmonica playing. Sam Hinton died in 2009 (at the age of 92), making this album extra special for Hinton fans.


Born: March 21, 1917 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Folksinger, educator, and marine biologist Sam Hinton was born March 21, 1917 in Tulsa, OK; raised largely in Texas, after graduating high school he studied zoology at Texas A&M, helping fund his education via singing appearances. In 1936 he won a Major Bowes' Amateur Hour competition, leaving school to tour the country with the Bowes troupe; finally settling in Los Angeles three years later, Hinton enrolled at UCLA, concurrently landing a role in the musical comedy Meet the People alongside then-unknowns...
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