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Owen Evans
202 posts
Oct 24, 2016
12:26 PM
Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is doing well.
I searched throughout the internet today for the song keys and/or harp keys played on Little Walter songs. There's plenty of information on this when he is playing with Muddy Waters but hardly anything at all when it comes to his own music. Since everyone on this list is so well versed in this area, I thought I'd ask if we could come up with a list for future requests in this area of interest? I will be happy to compile the outcome of your inputs!
Thanks everyone.

Here's what I have gleaned thusfar:

Ah'w Baby - Song key: G, C Harp, 2nd position.
Back Track - Song key: F, Bb Harp, 2nd position.
Blues With a Feeling - Song key: A, D Harp, 2nd position.
Boom, Boom Out Go The Lights - Song key: E, A Harp, 2nd position.
Can't Hold Out Much Longer - Song key: G, C Harp, 2nd position.
I Hate To See You Go - Song key: G, C Harp, 2nd position.
Juke - Song key: E, A Harp, 2nd position.
Just Your Fool - Song key: A, D Harp, 2nd position.
Off That Wall - Song key: G, C Harp, 2nd position.
Mean Old World - Song key: F, Bb Harp, 2nd position.
You're So Fine - Song key: E, A Harp, 2nd position.
My Babe - Song key: F, Bb Harp, 2nd position.
or
My Babe - Song key E, A-Harp, 2nd position.
Key to the Highway - Song key G, C-harp, 2nd position.
Jump - Song key B, E-Harp, 2nd position.
tmf714
2915 posts
Oct 24, 2016
1:13 PM
I have a list of most of his recorded music I kept from the old Barrett web site.
tmf714
2916 posts
Oct 24, 2016
2:40 PM
01. I Just Keep Loving Her - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
02. Muskadine Blues - Eb, No Harp
03. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 2 - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
05. Boll Weevil - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
06. Bad Acting Woman - Eb, No Harp
07. Red Headed Woman - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. Moonshine Blues - Eb, No Harp
09. I Wanna Play a Little While -A, No Harp
10. Louise - E, No Harp
11. People Are Meddling (In Our Affairs) - A, No Harp
12. I Done You Wrong - C, No Harp
13. Low Down Sunyland Train - Ab, No Harp

Blues With A Feeling - Chess Collectibles, Disc 1 (Chess/MCA, 1995)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01. Juke, alt. [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
02. Can't Hold Out Much Longer - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Blue Midnight, alt. [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
04. Fast Boogie, alt. [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Driftin' - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. Tonight With A Fool - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. That's It [Inst.] - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position) &
Bb Chromatic (3rd Position)
08. Blues With A Feeling - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
09. My Kind Of Baby - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
10. Last Boogie [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Come Back Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
12. I Love You So (Oh Baby) - Ab, Db Harp (2nd Position)
13. Big Leg Mama [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
14. Mercy Babe (My Babe, alt.) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
15. Thunderbird [Inst.] - D, G Harp (2nd Position) &
C Chromatic (3rd Position)
16. Crazy For My Baby - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
17. Can't Stop Lovin' You - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
18. Who - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
19. Flying Saucer [Inst.] - C Chromatic (3rd Position) &
D, G Harp (2nd Position)
20. Teenage Beat [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)

Blues With A Feeling - Chess Collectibles, Disc 2 (Chess/MCA, 1995)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01. Temperature - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
02. Shake Dancer [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
03. Ah'w Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Rock Bottom [Inst.] - D, G Harp (2nd Position) & C Chromatic (3rd Position)
05. You Gonna Be Sorry (Someday Baby) - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
06. Baby - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
07. My Baby Is Sweeter - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
08. Crazy Mixed Up World - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
09. Worried Life Blues - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
10. Everything's Gonna Be Alright, alt. - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
11. Mean Old Frisco - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
12. One Of These Mornings - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
13. Blue And Lonesome - Dm, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
14. Me And Piney Brown - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. Break It Up - C, F Harp (2nd Position)
16. Going Down Slow - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
17. You're Sweet - A, G Harp (3rd Position)
18. You Don't Know - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
19. I'm A Business Man - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
20. Chicken Shack [Inst.] - G, C Harp (2nd Position)

Confessin' The Blues (Chess/MCA, 1996)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01. It Ain't Right - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
02. Rocker [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
03. I Got To Find My Baby - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
04. Lights Out [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
05. One More Chance With You - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
06. Crazy Legs [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
07. Temperature - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
08. I Got To Go - A, G Harp (3rd Position)
09. Crazy Mixed Up World - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
10. Quarter To Twelve [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Confessin' The Blues - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
12. The Toddle [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
13. Up The Line - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
14. Rock Bottom [Inst.] - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. Mean Old Frisco - B, E Harp (2nd Position)

Hate To See You Go [Import] (Universal, 2004)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01. Nobody But You - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
02. My Baby's Sweeter - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Roller Coaster [Inst.] E, A Harp (2nd Position)
04. As Long As I Have You - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Oh Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. Take Me Back - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
08. Mellow Down Easy - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
09. Hate To See You Go - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
10. I Got To Find My Baby - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
11. Everybody Needs Somebody - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
12. Blue Midnight [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
13. I've Had My Fun - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
14. Key To The Highway - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. Blue And Lonesome - Dm, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
16. I Got To Find My Baby, alt. - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
17. I've Had My Fun, alt. - E, A Harp (2nd Position)

His Best (Chess 1997)
~~~~~~~~
01. Juke - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
02. Can't Hold Out Much Longer - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Mean Old World - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
04. Sad Hours - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Tell Me Mama - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. Off The Wall - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. Blues With A Feeling - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
08. You're So Fine - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
09. Too Late - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
10. Last Night - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
11. Mellow Down Easy - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
12. My Babe - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
13. Roller Coaster - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
14. Hate To See You Go - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. It Ain't Right - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
16. Boom, Boom Out Goes The Light - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
17. Confessin' the Blues - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
18. Key To the Highway - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
19. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
20. Just Your Fool - A, D Harp (2nd Position)

Little Walter: The Essential, Disc 1 (Chess/MCA, 1993)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01. Juke [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
02. Can't Hold Out Much Longer - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Boogie [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
04. Blue Midnight, alt. [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Mean Old World - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
06. Sad Hours [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
07. Don't Need No Horse [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
08. Tell Me Mama - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
09. Off The Wall [Inst.] - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
10. Quarter To Twelve [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Blues With A Feeling - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
12. Too Late - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
13. Fast Boogie [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
14. Lights Out [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
15. Fast Large One [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
16. You're So Fine - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
17. Oh Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
18. I Got To Find My Baby - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
19. Last Night - D, No Harp
20. You Better Watch Yourself - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
21. Mellow Down Easy - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
22. My Babe - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
23. Roller Coaster [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
24. Little Girl - G, C Harp (2nd Position)

Little Walter: The Essential, Disc 2 (Chess/MCA, 1993)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01. Hate To See You Go - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
02. Boom, Boom, Out Goes The Light - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
03. It Ain't Right - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
04. It's Too Late Brother - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Just A Feeling - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
06. Ah'w Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. I've Had My Fun - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. Confessin' The Blues - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
09. Key To The Highway - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
10. Walkin' On [Inst.] - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
tmf714
2917 posts
Oct 24, 2016
2:41 PM
11. You Gonna Be Sorry (Someday Baby) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
12. Crazy Mixed Up World - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
13. Worried Life - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
14. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. Back Track [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
16. Blue And Lonesome - D minor, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
17. I Don't Play - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
18. As Long As I Have You - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
19. Just Your Fool - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
20. Up The Line - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
21. Southern Feeling [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
22. Dead Presidents - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)

Super Blues (Chess. 1967/1992)
~~~~~~~~~~~
01. Long Distance Call - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
02. Who Do You Love? - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. I'm A Man - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Bo Diddley - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
05. You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
06. I Just Want To Make Love To You - D, C Harp (3rd Position)
07. My Babe - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
08. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
09. Studio Chatter (Spoken)
10. Sad Hours - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
11. Juke [Inst.] - G, C Harp (2nd Position)

Little Walter Jacobs also appears on:
Blues Masters, vol. 16: More Harmonica Classics (Rhino Records, 1998)
Blues Masters, vol. 4: Harmonica Classics (Rhino Records, 1992)
Jimmy Rogers - Chicago Bound (Chess, 1976)
Jimmy Rogers - The Complete Chess Recordings
Otis Rush - His Cobra Recordings 1956 -1958 (Paula Records, 1989)
Muddy Waters - They Call Me Muddy Waters (Chess, 1990)
Many Songs by Muddy Waters
tmf714
2918 posts
Oct 24, 2016
2:44 PM
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01. Gypsy Woman - A, No Harp
02. Good Looking Woman - A, No Harp
03. Mean Disposition - G, No Harp
04. I Can't Be Satisfied - G, No Harp
05. I Feel Like Going Home - G, No Harp
06. Train Fare Home Blues - G, No Harp
07. Mean Red Spider - Ab, No Harp
08. Streamline Woman - Ab, No Harp
09. Little Geneva - G, No Harp
10. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 - A, No Harp
11. Rolling Stone - E, No Harp
12. Walking Blues - A, No Harp
13. Louisiana Blues (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
14. Evans Shuffle [Inst.] (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
15. Long Distance Call (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
16. Honey Bee - F, No Harp
17. She Moves Me (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
18. Still A Fool - F, No Harp
19. Stuff You Gotta Watch (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
20. Standing Around Crying (Wells) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
21. Flood (Horton) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
22. Baby Please Don't Go (Jacobs) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
23. Blow Wind Blow (Jacobs) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
24. Hoochie Coochie Man (Jacobs) - A, A Harp (1st Position)
*Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton & Junior Wells on Harmonica

Muddy Waters Box - Disc 2
-------------------------
01. I Just Want to Make Love To You (Jacobs) - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
02. I'm Ready (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
03. Smokestack Lightning (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
04. Young Fashioned Ways (Jacobs) - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
05. Mannish Boy (Wells) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
06. Trouble No More (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
08. Just To Be With You (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
09. Don't Go No Farther (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
10. Diamonds At Your Feet (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
11. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love (Jacobs) - E, Main Theme: A Harp (2nd Position),
Solo: 1st 2 phrases only D Harp (3rd Position) &
A Harp (2nd Position)
12. Rock Me (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
13. Look What You Done (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
14. Got My Mojo Working (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
15. Good News (Cotton) - F, No Harp
16. Evil (Cotton) - F#, B Harp (2nd Position)
17. She's Nineteen Years Old (Jacobs) - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
18. Close To You (Jacobs) - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
19. Walkin' Thru The Park (Jacobs) - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
20. Blues Before Sunrise (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
21. Lonesome Road Blues (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
22. Take The Bitter With The Sweet, Alt. (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
23. She's into Something (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
24. Southbound Train (Cotton) - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
25. Double Trouble (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
*Little Walter Jacobs, Junior Wells & James Cotton on Harmonica
tmf714
2919 posts
Oct 24, 2016
2:45 PM
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01. I Can't Be Satisfied - G, No Harp
02. I Feel Like Going Home- G, No Harp
03. Train Fare Blues - G, No Harp
04. Rollin' and Tumblin', Part 1- A, No Harp
05. Rollin' Stone- E, No Harp
06. Louisiana Blues (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Long Distance Call (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
08. Honey Bee (Little Walter on guitar) - F, No Harp
09. She Moves Me (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
10. Still A Fool (Jacobs on guitar) - F, No Harp
11. Standing Around Crying (Jacobs or Wells) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
12. Baby Please Don't Go (Jacobs) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
13. I Want You To Love Me (Jacobs or Horton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
14. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Jacobs) - A, A Harp (1st Position)
15. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Jacobs) - D, Chromatic
16. I'm Ready (Little Walter) - Eb, C Chromatic (with lever depressed for the whole song)
17. Young Fashioned Ways - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
18. Mannish Boy (Jacobs & Wells) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
19. Sugar Sweet (Jacobs or Horton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
20. Trouble No More (Jacobs or Horton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)

His Best 1956-1964 (Chess 1997)
------------------
01. All Aboard - D, Embellishments and solo (Jacobs) - Chromatic Train Sounds (Cotton) -
G Harp (2nd Position)
02. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position) 3:00
03. Just To Be With You (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
04. Don't Go No Farther (Jacobs) - Eb, Chromatic Harp
05. Diamonds At Your Feet (Jacobs) - Eb, Chromatic Harp
06. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love (Jacobs) - E, Main Theme: A Harp (2nd Position),
Solo: 1st 2 phrases only D Harp (3rd Position) &
A Harp (2nd Position)
07. Rock Me (Cotton) - E, A Harp (2nd Position) 3:15
08. Got My Mojo Working (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
09. She's Nineteen Years Old (Cotton) - B, Intro and embellishments: A Harp (3rd Position) ,
Solo and outro: E Harp (2nd Position)
10. Close To You (Cotton) - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
11. Walkin' Thru the Park (Cotton) - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
12. She's Into Something (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
13. I Feel So Good (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position) 3:00
14. You Shook Me - D, No Harp
15. You Need Love - E, No Harp
16. My Love Strikes Like Lightning (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
17. My Home is In the Delta - E, No Harp
18. Good Morning, Little School Girl - E, No Harp
19. The Same Thing - C, No Harp
tmf714
2920 posts
Oct 24, 2016
2:47 PM
Rare and Unissued (Chess, 1984/1991)
-----------------
01. Little Anna Mae - A, No Harp
02. Mean Disposition - G, No Harp
03. Feel Like Going Home - G, No Harp
04. You're Gonna Miss Me - Ab, No Harp
05. Standing Here Trembling - Ab, No Harp
06. Last Time I Fool Around With You - G, No Harp
07. Where's My Woman Been - E, No Harp
08. Stuff You Gotta Watch (Little Walter) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
09. Lonesome Day (Little Walter) - F#, B Harp (2nd Position)
10. Iodine In My Coffee (Little Walter or Junior Wells) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Smokestack Lightning (Little Walter) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
12. Let Me Hang Around (James Cotton) - C, C Harp (1st Position)
13. Born Lover (Little Walter) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
14. Deep Down In My Heart (James Cotton) - D, G Harp (2nd Position) &
C Chromatic (3rd Position)

They Call Me Muddy Waters (Chess, 1990)
-------------------------
01. When The Eagle Flies - E, No Harp
02. Crawling King Snake (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
03. County Jail (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
04. It's All Over (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Bird Nest On The Ground - G, No Harp
06. They Call Me Muddy Waters (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
07. Find Yourself Another Fool (Oscher) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. Kinfolk's Blues (Oscher) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
09. Making Friends (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
10. Blind Man Blues (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Two Steps Forward (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
12. Howlin' Wolf (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
* Little Walter Jacobs, James Cotton & Paul Oscher on Ha
WinslowYerxa
1233 posts
Oct 24, 2016
3:57 PM
I see a few mistakes in the above.

"Oh Baby" is not played on a Db harp. It's a C Koch harp - a valveless slide harp tuned like a diatonic. Walter is holding the slide in mostly and playing as if in second position. You can hear him using slide dips and bumps very clearly during his solo.

"That's It" does not use a Bb chromatic. He's attempting to use a C chromatic to play in C with the slide held in but he doesn't understand how to make that work (a few years later Stevie Wonder would show a good grasp of doing the same thing).

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tmf714
2921 posts
Oct 24, 2016
5:03 PM
As we have learned since the list was compiled by Dave's friend Lance H.,there were some mistakes which were easily accounted for -unfortunately before the list could be updated,it was taken down.
Lance did a wonderful job for the most part-with hundreds,maybe even thousands of songs and artists,he took the painstaking effort to transpose the correct key for harmonica,then upload the info to the list.
Kudos to you Lance H.,wherever you are!

Last Edited by tmf714 on Oct 25, 2016 5:25 AM
Owen Evans
203 posts
Oct 25, 2016
9:31 PM
There is so much information in our hands that we forget to share it unless it is requested. I am SO glad I asked! Special thanks go to Gary Jay for this information which was sent to me via e-mail:

http://web.archive.org/web/20010815120407/http://www.island.net/~blues/little_w.html

As well, a very special thanks to tmf714 for sharing all of the Barrett's website info. So here's the compilation in alphabetical order so it's easier to find one when you need it! Best wishes to everyone!

Ah'w Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
All Aboard - D, Embellishments and solo (Jacobs) - Chromatic
As Long As I Have You – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Baby - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
Baby Please Don't Go (Jacobs) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Back Track [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Bad Acting Woman - Eb, No Harp
Big Leg Mama [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Blow Wind Blow (Jacobs) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Blue And Lonesome - D minor, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Blue Midnight [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Blues Before Sunrise (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Blues With A Feeling - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Blues With a Feeling. Song key: A, D Harp, 2nd position.
Bo Diddley - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Boll Weevil – E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Boogie [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Boom, Boom, Out Goes The Light - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Born Lover (Little Walter) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed
(3rd Position)
Break It Up - C, F Harp (2nd Position)
Can't Hold Out Much Longer - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Can't Stop Lovin' You - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
Chicken Shack [Inst.] - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Close To You (Jacobs) - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
Come Back Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Confessin' The Blues - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Crazy For My Baby - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Crazy Legs [Inst.] – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Crazy Mixed Up World - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Dead Presidents - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Diamonds At Your Feet (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed
(3rd Position)
Don't Go No Farther (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed
(3rd Position)
Don't Need No Horse [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Driftin' - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Evans Shuffle [Inst.] (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Everybody Needs Somebody - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Everything's Gonna Be Alright, alt. - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Fast Boogie [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Fast Large One [Inst.] – D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Flood (Horton) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Flying Saucer [Inst.] - C Chromatic (3rd Position) & D, G Harp (2nd Position)
Forty Days And Forty Nights (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Going Down Slow - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Got My Mojo Working (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Hate To See You Go – G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Honey Bee (Little Walter on guitar) - F, No Harp
Hoochie Coochie Man (Jacobs) - A, A Harp (1st Position)
Howlin' Wolf (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
I Can't Be Satisfied - G, No Harp
I Don't Play – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
I Done You Wrong - C, No Harp
I Feel Like Going Home- G, No Harp
I Got To Find My Baby - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
I Got To Go – A, G Harp (3rd Position)
I Hate To See You Go. Song key: G, C Harp, 2nd position.
I Just Keep Loving Her - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
I Just Want to Make Love To You (Jacobs) - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love (Jacobs) - E, A Harp
(2nd Position), D Harp (3rd Position) A Harp (2nd Position)
I Love You So (Oh Baby) - Ab, Db Harp (2nd Position)
I Wanna Play a Little While -A, No Harp
I Want You To Love Me (Jacobs or Horton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
I'm A Business Man - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
I'm A Man - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
I'm Ready (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed (3rd Position)
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Jacobs) - A, A Harp (1st Position)
I've Had My Fun - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Iodine In My Coffee (Little Walter or Wells?) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
It Ain't Right - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
It's Too Late Brother – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Juke - E, A harp (2nd Position)
Jump. Song key B, E-Harp, 2nd position.
Just A Feeling - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Just To Be With You (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Just Your Fool - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Key To The Highway - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Last Boogie [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Last Night - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
Lights Out [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Little Girl - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Lonesome Day (Little Walter) - F#, B Harp (2nd Position)
Long Distance Call - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Long Distance Call (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Look What You Done (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Louise - E, No Harp
Louisiana Blues (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Low Down Sunyland Train - Ab, No Harp
Mannish Boy (Jacobs & Wells) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Me And Piney Brown - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Mean Old Frisco - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
Mean Old World.- F, Bb Harp, 2nd position.
Mellow Down Easy - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Mercy Babe (My Babe, alt.) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Moonshine Blues - Eb, No Harp
Muskadine Blues - Eb, No Harp
My Babe - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
My Babe - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
My Babe.- E, A-Harp, 2nd position.
My Baby Is Sweeter - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
My Kind Of Baby - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Nobody But You – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Off The Wall – G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Oh Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
One More Chance With You - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
One Of These Mornings - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
People Are Meddling (In Our Affairs) - A, No Harp
Quarter To Twelve [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Red Headed Woman - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Rock Bottom – G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Rock Me (Jacobs) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Rocker – E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Roller Coaster - E, A harp (2nd Position)
Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 2 - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Sad Hours - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Sad Hours - F, Bb harp (2nd Position)
Shake Dancer - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
She Moves Me (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
She's Nineteen Years Old (Jacobs) - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
Smokestack Lightning (Jacobs) - Eb, C Chromatic w/ lever depressed
(3rd Position)
Southern Feeling – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Standing Around Crying (Jacobs or Wells) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Still A Fool (Jacobs on guitar) - F, No Harp
Stuff You Gotta Watch (Little Walter) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Sugar Sweet (Jacobs or Horton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Take Me Back – A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Teenage Beat - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Tell Me Mama - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Temperature - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Temperature – F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
That's It - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position) & Bb Chromatic (3rd Position)
The Toddle - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
They Call Me Muddy Waters (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
Thunderbird - D, G Harp (2nd Position) & C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Tonight With A Fool - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Too Late - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Train Fare Blues - G, No Harp
Trouble No More (Jacobs) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
Up The Line - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
Walkin' On – G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Walkin' Thru The Park (Jacobs) - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
Who - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
Who Do You Love? – G, C Harp (2nd Position)
Worried Life - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
Worried Life Blues - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
You Better Watch Yourself - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover – A, D Harp (2nd Position)
You Don't Know - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) – G, C Harp (2nd Position)
You Gonna Be Sorry (Someday Baby) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
You Gonna Be Sorry (Someday Baby) - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
You're So Fine - E, A harp (2nd Position)
You're Sweet - A, G Harp (3rd Position)
Young Fashioned Ways (Jacobs) - C,Bb Harp (3rd Position)
SuperBee
4211 posts
Oct 25, 2016
10:47 PM
Good one! Thanks for the re-ordering too, Owen.
I saw Dave Barrett once offer some advice to an aspiring player, that they should first 'learn everything by little Walter'. I remember thinking that was quite a big first step.
rogonzab
1037 posts
Oct 15, 2017
8:19 AM
Up! This is relly great info
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WinslowYerxa
1457 posts
Oct 15, 2017
2:29 PM
@Owen - This new list has the same errors as the old one. Look at my earlier comments in this thread.
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SuperBee
5035 posts
Oct 15, 2017
8:29 PM
Hi Winslow, I take your point that the list wasn’t updated after your post, but also notice it’s been nearly a year since Owen last posted on this thread.

Also, I can not see where Oh Baby! Is listed as using a Db, but I’m updating my list with the info about the Koch harmonica.
I’m just unclear at this point as to whether that track is in G, as listed, considering your comment about a C Koch with slide held in, playing as if in 2nd. I gather the record is actually in Ab?
WinslowYerxa
1459 posts
Oct 16, 2017
12:25 AM
Hi, SuperBee.

Yes the recording is actually in Ab. Some versions on Youtube (and probably issued versions) seem to have been "corrected" down to G.

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Last Edited by WinslowYerxa on Oct 16, 2017 12:26 AM
tmf714
3107 posts
Oct 16, 2017
9:27 AM
The band would be in E flat -Walter is playing in second position on the Koch-
WinslowYerxa
1460 posts
Oct 16, 2017
11:30 AM
The band is playing in Ab, not Eb.

The Koch is in C. Second position is G. Hold the slide in, and you get Ab.
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tmf714
3108 posts
Oct 16, 2017
12:50 PM
I am fairly sure he held the slide in for this song-correct?
WinslowYerxa
1461 posts
Oct 17, 2017
3:17 AM
He held it in for most of the song, but you can hear him doing slide dips - letting it out and then pressing it back in.
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tmf714
3109 posts
Oct 17, 2017
5:19 AM
If that's true ,Walter is playing in first position .
SuperBee
5036 posts
Oct 17, 2017
5:40 AM
No, 8th position.

He is playing a C harp in Ab
tmf714
3110 posts
Oct 17, 2017
5:55 AM
Well-BBQ Bob says 2nd with the slide in-that's why I said the band must be in E flat.
dougharps
1599 posts
Oct 17, 2017
6:10 AM
C instrument, button in = C#/Db instrument

C#/Db instrument in 2nd = key of G#/Ab

I would call it Ab.

Eb would be 3rd.

Usually instead of calling it "2nd with the button in" (which is useful if you don't use the button and just hold it in pretending it is a Db instrument) I would think of it as 9th, but calling it playing in Ab on a C Koch is most accurate.

On a C harp,
F = 12th
Bb = 11th
Eb = 10th
Ab = 9th
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Last Edited by dougharps on Oct 17, 2017 6:24 AM
SuperBee
5037 posts
Oct 17, 2017
2:11 PM
Yes, sorry, 9th. I miscounted. And just realised I didn’t need to count as 2nd is to 3rd as 9th is to 10th. Duh.

Yeah Tom I think you are thinking of Holding the slide in as relative to the common practice of playing a C chromatic in 3rd (that is, playing a C harmonica in D) without use of the slide.
If one plays a C chromatic in 3rd (key of D) without operating the slide, thus playing it as a solo-tuned diatonic, one can also use the same paths to play in Eb (10th position) by holding the slide in.

People say ‘3rd with the slide held in’ because it’s convenient to think like that, but by definition it’s 10th. If you start using the slide within the tune, rather than simply holding it in, the differences quickly show up.
WinslowYerxa
1463 posts
Oct 18, 2017
11:49 AM
dougharps has it right.

9th position is technically correct.

For convenience and ease of understanding, players often say "second position but with the slide in." I've learned to tolerate this.
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Last Edited by WinslowYerxa on Oct 18, 2017 11:50 AM
DanP
350 posts
Oct 19, 2017
2:05 PM
Thank you, Owen and fmf714. Great lists. On the chromatic numbers, didn't Walter sometimes switch between a diatonic and a chromatic in the same song?

Last Edited by DanP on Oct 19, 2017 2:07 PM
Martin
1312 posts
Oct 19, 2017
3:03 PM
Yes, on "Blue light" for instance. An interesting insttrumental, somewhat "psychedelic". (Not included on the list above.)
tmf714
3111 posts
Oct 19, 2017
4:34 PM
tmf714
3112 posts
Oct 19, 2017
4:40 PM
SuperBee
5044 posts
Oct 19, 2017
4:42 PM
The list tmf714 is referencing, possibly the same as Owen’s contributor is using lists 4 such numbers:
That’s it - Bb harp and C chromatic
Thunderbird - G harp and C Chromatic
Flying Saucer - G harp and C chromatic
Rock Bottom - G harp and C chromatic

Thanks Martin, I hadn’t noticed the omission of blue light before
SuperBee
5045 posts
Oct 19, 2017
4:48 PM
Also a Muddy Waters number, All Aboard
DanP
351 posts
Oct 19, 2017
6:11 PM
Thank you very much,fmf714. On Thunderbird, Walter obviously played the first part on diatonic and the second part on chromatic. On Flying Saucer, he seems to be going back and forth between the two.
SuperBee
5046 posts
Oct 19, 2017
6:42 PM
perhaps of interest to some, i went through that list compiled by Lance H and turned it into a spreadsheet. this enables it to be searched and analysed much more easily than the PDF format. It can also be easily updated.

there are 528 harmonica-centric albums listed, with analysis of keys and harps given for each track. there are over 7000 tracks, although this includes many duplicates, triplicates etc as quite a number of compilations and 'best of' type albums.

as you might imagine given the nature and scale of the exercise there are numerous inaccuracies. now that i have made the document searchable and begun to do more analysis these are beginning to come to light. i'm correcting as i become aware of them and very grateful for contributions to threads such as these.
DanP
352 posts
Oct 19, 2017
7:30 PM
On the listings that say No Harp, I assume Little Walter is playing guitar. I know that's the case on the Muddy Waters tracks.

On Steve Guyger's Blues Harmonica DVD, he says Little Walter's chromatic harp on Muddy Water's I Just Want to Make Love to You, was the first time a chromatic harmonica ever appeared on a blues record and as far as I know, that's true.

Last Edited by DanP on Oct 19, 2017 7:49 PM
indigo
394 posts
Oct 19, 2017
9:21 PM
Why does it seem to matter so much what Key a song was originally played in?
Concertos i can understand,but a Blues? For example i have played 'Help me' in the original key of F but depending on the vocalists choice also in E and D.Made no difference at all to me as the Harp player.
I am not razin' at all but am genuinely interested in the subject.
SuperBee
5047 posts
Oct 19, 2017
9:45 PM
i think it only matters here if you are wanting to play along with the record and want a quick reference to what is going on.
looking through the lists its noticeable that some players seem to favour certain keys and seems likely its as much to do with how they sing as anything. i see little walter showed a greater preference for key of F than most, Jr Wells did a lot of work in A, Sonny boy 2 played in C more than almost anyone

DanP, some of those tracks listed as Little walter and 'no harp' are from the album 'The Blues world of Little Walter'.
LW is listed as 'guitar' on Muskadine Blues, Bad Acting Woman and Moonshine Blues.

BUT

"I Wanna Play a Little While", "Louise" and "People are Meddling in our affairs" are not LW songs, they are JB Lenoir.

I Done You Wrong and Low Down Sunnyland Train are Sunnyland Slim songs
indigo
395 posts
Oct 19, 2017
10:09 PM
Ok 'Bee,i see where you're coming from..hadn't thought of it from that aspect..
Way back in my early days i just used to put the record on and play along (in 2nd) on various harps 'til it sounded right.
How hard is that?
The best blues band i have ever been a member of had a (very good)singer who loved E and G so most songs were just transposed into those keys or their close relatives F and A.

I dunno,but it just seemed to work.
SuperBee
5048 posts
Oct 19, 2017
11:40 PM
You did better than me Indigo. I remember trying to play along and getting very frustrated. I knew nothing of keys or positions and just had a G harp and a Sonny Boy Williamson record and some bob Dylan records, and I couldn’t seem to get anything happening. I knew one person who claimed to play harp and I tried to get some info from him. I remember still the great advice he gave me: ‘its all about the way you breathe in and out”. He then borrowed all my Dylan records and scratched them to bits.

If I’d had ‘hoodoo man blues’ and a D harp it might have been so different

I expect Lance H was using the very method you described when he began to create these lists.

Last Edited by SuperBee on Oct 19, 2017 11:45 PM
rogonzab
1078 posts
Dec 05, 2018
2:35 PM
I love this info.

Is there any way to make a permanent page with this?


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SuperBee
5667 posts
Dec 06, 2018
2:33 AM
I think it can’t be done. The info is widely available though.
I must say that list is much easier to look up now that I digitised it.

It was quite a time consuming job, and as Indigo indicated, it is really just a matter of playing along ... but, a few years ago I was less educated about the sound of various positions and knew a lot less about harp layout generally; I found it was not always easy to work out the harps. Maybe that should be the entrance exam; if you can’t work it out from the record you don’t have the required aptitude?

When I first saw that list I was amazed someone could work it all out, but now I’ve done it so many times it’s seldom a problem. Kim Wilson had me going the other day though: I was struggling to find the key for Tigerman...there aren’t too many possibilities though, and once you eliminate A and G and realise they are 2nd position licks...where have I put that Ab?
nacoran
10013 posts
Dec 08, 2018
10:34 AM
Rogonzab, you could just bookmark it. I tried making a information page once but keep getting frustrated with my attempts. I can't get spreadsheets to post. I used my 'links' link for a while. We tried a wiki but that didn't work because we couldn't integrate it into the site. (Tried FB integration too, again, beyond my skills).

If you see a good spot we could put it let me know and I'll run it by Adam. Our navigation bar is already a bit of navigation nightmare.

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groyster1
3285 posts
Dec 08, 2018
11:15 AM
as for me,whatever the key the band is in then thats the key Im playing.....all of LW songs can be played in different keys.....
SuperBee
5673 posts
Dec 08, 2018
1:29 PM
Here’s the link to my spreadsheet. You’ll need to download and open with MS Excel. It’s pretty much non-viewable just on a phone

https://app.box.com/s/sx68ed49d8m4acntqqlyw1r4y2zdvlwe

Last Edited by SuperBee on Dec 08, 2018 1:34 PM
Blocker
155 posts
Dec 08, 2018
3:00 PM
SuperBee, thank you so much for your generosity in sharing that spreadsheet (it's amazing). I used to use the old Barrett list all the time before it was taken down.

I personally just like to play along at home with the original recordings and a few beers, so having a searchable list is super convenient.
SuperBee
5675 posts
Dec 08, 2018
3:57 PM
Hi Blocker, its truly my pleasure to share that work. When i was putting it together, at times it seemed a lot of work but the thought i was making something which others may also find useful helped me get to the end.

The application you described is exactly how i envision it used.

i also like to use it for casual analysis to answer questions which occur to me from time to time, like when i wonder if Little Walter played 1st position more often than many of his contemporaries. i can just do a pivot table analysis and not have to comb through lists making a tally sheet. hmm, maybe other people don't do that. (i havent done that either, but i'm about to. anything to delay mending these steel reed harps taunting me from the bench...)



I'm sure it contains a few errors but its easy to correct when you find them, and to build upon; there are lots of records which could be added!
tmf714
3151 posts
Dec 10, 2018
10:54 AM
My Blues (Blue Collar Music, 1997)
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01. Everything I Do Is Wrong - G, No Harp
02. Trying To Make A Living - C, No Harp
03. Five Long Years - D, C Chromatic Harp (3rd Position)
04. Gumbo Blues - A, No Harp
05. Things Ain't Right - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
06. Tell Me Why - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Break It Up Baby - A, D Harp(2nd Position)
08. Hop, Skip and Jump - G, No Harp
09. Date Bait - G, No Harp
10. West Helena Woman - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Too Late Old Man - Bb, No Harp
12. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
13. Your Funeral and My Trial - C, Low F Harp (2nd Position)
14. Oh Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. My Blues [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)

Lookin' For Trouble (M.C. Records, 2003)
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01. Lookin' For Trouble II - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
02. Tortured - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
03. Hurt On Me - Bb, Ab Harp (3rd Position)
04. Money Marble & Chalk - Eb, Ab Harp (2nd Position)
05. Love My Baby - F, No Harp
06. Love Attack - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
07. F Fat [Inst.] - Eb, Ab Harp (2nd Position)
08. Hook Line & Sinker - Eb, No Harp
09. Hand To Mouth - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
10. Sometimes - C, No Harp
11. Tried To Ruin Me - A, A Harp (1st Position)
12. Lookin' For Trouble - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
13. Down With It - Ab, No Harp
14. Hightime - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
15. Jr.'s Jump [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)

Luther Tucker - Sad Hours (Antones, 1994)
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01. You Got What You Wanted - E, No Harp
02. Playboy - F, No Harp
03. Mean Old World - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
04. Luther's Tribute to Elmore [Inst.] - D, No Harp
05. Can't Live Without It - C, No Harp
06. Person to Person - F, No Harp
07. Sweet Home Chicago - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. War Boy - Em, No Harp
09. Keep on Drinking - A, No Harp
10. Five Long Years - A, Chromatic
11. Canadian Sunset - F, No Harp
* Kim Wilson on Harmonic
* Track # 4 is flat

Kirk Fletcher - Shades Of Blue (Groove Productions, 2004)
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01. Blues For Boo Boo [Inst.] - Bb, No Harp
02. Bad Boy - A, A Harp (1st Position)
03. Welfare Blues - C, No Harp
04. Don't Go No Further - G, No Harp
05. Club Zanzibar [Inst.] - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
06. That's Why I'm Cryin' - Ab, No Harp
07. Worried Man Blues - Db, No Harp
08. Country Girl - A, G Harp (3rd Position)
09. Down Home Woman - G, No Harp
10. Stranded In St. Louis - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
11. Little By Little - Bb, No Harp
12. My Home Is A Prison - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
13. A River's Invitation - G, No Harp
14. Hip Hug Her [Inst.] - Bb, No Harp
15. You Don't Know - F, No Harp
16. Club Zanzibar - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
17. Don't Go No Further - G, No Harp
* Kim Wilson on Harp

Lou Ann Barton - Read My Lips (Antone's Records, 1990)
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01. Sugar Coated Love - C, No Harp
02. You'll Lose A Good Thing - F, No Harp
03. Sexy Ways - E, No Harp
04. Shake A Hand - F, No Harp
05. Good Lover - A, Intro, Fills & Outro: A Harp (1st Position),
Solo: Verse 1: D Harp (2nd Position),
Verses 2 & 3: A Harp (1st Position)
06. Mean, Mean Man - E, No Harp
07. Shake Your Hips - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
08. Te Ni Nee Ni Nu - E, No Harp
09. Can't Believe You Want To Leave - G, No Harp
10. You Can Have My Husband - G, No Harp
11. It's Raining - A, No Harp
12. Rocket In My Pocket - E, No Harp
13. I Wonder Why - D, No Harp
14. Let's Have A Party - F, No Harp
15. High Time We Went - E, No Harp
* Kim Wilson On Harmonica

Rusty Zinn - Sittin' & Watinin' (Black Top, 1996)
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01. Don't Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down - Ab. No Harp
02. Sittin' And Waitin' - E, No Harp
03. Stand By Me - Eb, No Harp
04. 30 Second Lover - D, No Harp
05. Moanin' For My Baby - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
06. Bad Boy - A, A Harp (1st Position)
07. Nothing Takes The Place Of You - Bb, No Harp
08. Pretty Thing - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
09. It Hurts Me - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
10. Crazy Little Woman - A, A Harp (1st Position)
11. It's Love, Baby, 24 Hours Of The Day - Bb, No Harp
12. Treat You Like A Queen - B, No Harp
13. Jr. Jives [Inst.] - G, No Harp
14. The Last Time - G, No Harp
* Kim Wilson on Harmonica

Smokin' Joint (MC Records, 2001)
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01. Ain't Gonna Do It - Bb, No Harp
02. Good Time Charlie - C, No Harp
03. Oh Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Early In The Morning - A, Intro: D Harp (2nd Position),
Solo: G Harp (3rd Position) &
D Harp (2nd Position)
05. Got To Let You Go - Bb, Ab Harp (3rd Position)
06. Learn To Treat Me Right - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Smokin' Joint [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. I Stay In The Mood - F, No Harp
09. Telephone Blues - Bb, Ab Harp (3rd Position)
10. High & Lonesome - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
11. I Can Tell - G, No Harp
12. Tomorrow Night - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
13. The Lighthouse Is Gone [Inst.] - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)

Tigerman (Antones, 1993)
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01. Tiger Man - Eb, Ab Harp (2nd Position)
02. Don't Touch Me - Bb, No Harp
03. Hustle Is On - Bb, No Harp
04. She Moves Me - F, No Harp
05. Hush Oh Hush - F#, No Harp
06. If I Should Lose You - C, No Harp
07. Hunch Rhythm - Eb, Ab Harp (2nd Position)
08. When the Lights Go Out - Eb, Chromatic
09. You Got Me - F, No Harp
10. Come Back Baby - B, A Harp (3rd Position)
11. Boogie All Night - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
12. Trust My Baby - Gm, G Harp (1st Position)
13. Reel Eleven, Take One - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)

That's Life (Antones, 1994)
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01. Baby Please Don't Lie to Me - Ab, No Harp
02. Time Is on My Side - G, No Harp
03. Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
04. She's My Baby - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
05. Ooh Baby (When You Squeeze Me) - A, No Harp
06. Humpin' to Please - Eb, Ab Harp (2nd Position)
07. I've Been Searchin' - G, No Harp
08. Pretty Baby - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
09. Teach Me (How to Love You) - F#, No Harp
10. Blues Leave Me Alone - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
11. Lowdown - Eb, Ab Harp (2nd Position)

Dave Myers - You Can't Do That (Black Top, 1997)
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01. Please Don't Leave Me - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
02. Dave's Boogie Guitar [Inst.] - E, No Harp
03. You Can't Do That - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Elevate Me Mama - A, A Harp (1st Position)
05. Reconsider Baby - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. Ting-A-Ling - F, No Harp
07. Oh Baby - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
08. Legs Up [Inst.] - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
09. Going Home Tomorrow - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
10. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - A, No Harp
11. You Can't Love Me That Way - F, No Harp
12. Love By The Pound - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
13. Stone Cold Fox - Bb, No Harp
14. Blues In Mexico - F, No Harp
* Kim Wilson on Harmonica
SuperBee
5679 posts
Dec 10, 2018
2:28 PM
i can't get the formatting to hang together for posting on the board but i did a pivot table from all the KW stuff (its all in the excel spreadsheet ive linked to above) and i can see that of the 211 tracks listed, Kim has shown a strong preference for an A harp. He has used an A harp on 93 of them.

Kim has used D harps relatively infrequently: he has used a D harp exclusively on only 16 of those numbers, although he has used a D in conjunction with another harp on 3 more, and also a LowD on 1.

you could see this as a dislike of higher harps generally as he has only used an F and an E on 1 cut each. he has not used an Eb, Db, F# on any of those recordings, but he has used an Ab on 10 of them.

the practical application of that analysis might be that if a person wanted to play along with Kim Wilson stuff they need to be prepared with a good A harp or 2, a C harp and a Bflat. An Ab would be handy too. Those 4 harps will cover 152 of the 211 tracks listed. of course Kim has recorded many other tracks besides those but i would expect the trend is generally indicative.

If you did a similar pivot on Jr Wells, youd quickly see that of the 146 tracks you'd get the most playalong value from a D harp (53 tracks exclusively), an A harp (29) and an F harp (24)... those 3 keys will cover 107 of the 146 numbers which have harp. you wont get a lot of value from a C Harp if you want to play along with the Jr Wells numbers; he uses a C harp exclusively on only 5 of the listed tracks.

As the topic of the thread is Little Walter i'll wrap up the post with some LW stats:

There are 246 tracks listed which have harp.
There are many which are listed multiple times
If you eliminate the multiple listings there are just 163 unique recordings in the list.

116 of them use either a Bb (44) C or A harp (36 respectively)

so you get a lot of Little Walter play along value from a Bb harp

of the remainder you'll get a further 21 songs with a D harp

which leaves just 26 tracks and for most of those you'll need a C Chromatic

you won't get a lot of value from your F harp (1 track) and G harp (6 tracks). an E harp will give you 6 more, according to this data.


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