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Johncn
94 posts
May 24, 2021
7:08 AM
Hello,

I am hearing that the great James Harman passed away yesterday. As many may know, James had been battling stage 4 cancer. At least one news article from the Netherlands cites a heart attack yesterday as being the cause of death.

Always one of my favorite storytellers in all of the blues, and a fine harmonica player, song writer, and singer.

Johncn

https://www.bluestownmusic.nl/james-harman-dies-at-the-age-of-74/

https://www.facebook.com/James-Harman-Band-Friends-page-1909562442678317/

Last Edited by Johncn on May 24, 2021 7:15 AM
jbone
3348 posts
May 24, 2021
10:15 AM
I hope this is just a rumor. I got to meet James in about '99 in Dallas and he was the coolest of cucumbers. Of course a great showman. Back in the Blue Cat Blues club days. also saw him at a King Biscuit. He never disappointed.
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Johncn
95 posts
May 24, 2021
11:01 AM
Sadly, this is being widely reported now as true.

https://www.bluesmagazine.nl/in-memoriam-james-harman/

Great show with James at the Zoo Bar 25th anniversary show in 1998, with a 21 year-old Nathan James on guitar. Has some interview segments with James, as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Zb5nAcz6s

A very nice clip from 1986 with Kid Ramos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrIU7EDK07o

Finally, one of my all time favorites, Tall Skinny Mama (Icepick's Story #389), which showcases his skill at both harp and storytelling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtOQ0HdQngM


John
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485 posts
May 24, 2021
4:53 PM
Damn! He could sing and play. This is a loss.

https://youtu.be/MKmfW1j-tQI

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Phil Pennington
BnT
271 posts
Jun 06, 2021
12:48 AM
An incredible loss. Not too many guys with the feel he could convey through his harp and voice. I always liked "I Got News for You" so elegantly simple and soulful - https://youtu.be/LSE0pTYQgs8
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