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Philosofy
954 posts
Sep 19, 2021
6:37 PM
Does anyone know of a comprehensive guide to the harp players on different Muddy Waters songs and albums?
Harpaholic
983 posts
Sep 20, 2021
9:57 AM
A very simple internet search found this.
It does not give all the info your looking for, but it's a start.

https://www.celticguitarmusic.com/muddyharp.htm

Last Edited by Harpaholic on Sep 20, 2021 10:00 AM
tmf714
3229 posts
Sep 25, 2021
1:41 PM
This should be most of them-let me know if you need more-TF

At Newport (MCA Records, 1960)
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01. I Got My Brand On You - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
02. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Baby, Please Don't Go - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Soon Forgotten - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
05. Tiger In Your Tank - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
06. I Feel So Good - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. I've Got My Mojo Working - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. I've Got My Mojo Working, Part 2 - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
09. Goodbye Newport Blues - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
* James Cotton on Harmonica
Fathers and Sons (MCA, 1969/2001)
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01. All Aboard - D, (Jeff Carp) C Chromatic (3rd Position) &
(Paul Butterfield) G Harp (2nd Position)
02. Mean Disposition - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Blow Wind Blow - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
05. Walking Thru The Park - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. Forty Days And Forty Nights - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Standin' Round Cryin' - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
08. I'm Ready - D, Fills: C Harp (3rd Position)
1st Solo: G Harp (2nd Position),
2nd Solo: C Harp (3rd Position)
09. Twenty Four Hours - D, G Harp (2nd Position)
10. Sugar Sweet - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
11. Country Boy - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
12. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
13. Oh Yeah - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
14. I Feel So Good - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
15. Long Distance Call (live) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
16. Baby, Please Don't Go (live) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
17. Honey Bee (live) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
18. The Same Thing (live) - C, F Harp (2nd Position)
19. Got My Mojo Working, Part 1 (live) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
20. Got My Mojo Working, Part 2 (live) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
* Paul Butterfield on Harmonica

The Lost Tapes (Blind Pig, 1999)
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01. Honey Bee - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
02. Hoochie Coochie Man - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Walking Thru The Park - G, C Harp (2nd Position) not chromatic?
04. Trouble No More - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
05. Just To Be With You - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. Muddy's Intro. (Spoken)
07. She's 19 Years Old - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
08. Long Distance Call - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
09. Mannish Boy - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
10. Crawlin' Kingsnake - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
11. Got My Mojo Working - E, D Harp (2nd Position)
* George Harmonica Smith on Harp


I'm Ready (Sony, 1978)
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01. I'm Ready - D,
Acoustic Harmonica (Horton) - G Harp (2nd Position)
Electric Harmonica (Portnoy) - C Chromatic (3rd Position)
02. 33 Years (Horton) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
03. Who Do You Trust (Horton) - A,
Fills: A Harp (1st Position) & D Harp (2nd Position)
Solo: D Harp (2nd Position)
04. Copper Brown (Portnoy) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
05. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - A,
Acoustic Harmonica (Horton) - A Harp (1st Position)
Electric Harmonica (Portnoy) - D Harp (2nd Position)
06. Mamie (Portnoy) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
07. Rock Me (Portnoy) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. Screamin' And Cryin' (Horton) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
09. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Portnoy) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
*Big Walter Horton & Jerry Portnoy on Harmonica.

King Bee (CBS, 1981)
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01. I'm a King Bee (Portnoy) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
02. Too Young To Know (Portnoy) - G, Fills: C Harp (2nd Position),
Solo: G Harp (1st Position)
03. Mean Old Frisco - E, No Harp
04. Forever Lonely - A, No Harp
05. I Feel Like Going Home - A, No Harp
06. Champagne & Reefer (Portnoy) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Sad, Sad Day (Unknown) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
08. My Eyes (Keep Me In Trouble) (Cotton) - C, F Harp (2nd Position)
09. Deep Down In Florida #2 (Portnoy) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
10. No Escape From The Blues (Portnoy) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
*James Cotton & Jerry Portnoy on Harmonica
The London Muddy Waters Sessions (Chess, 1971/1989)
--------------------------------
01. Blind Man Blues - F#, B Harp (2nd Position)
02. Key To The Highway - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
03. Young Fashioned Ways - D, Intro: G Harp (2nd Position),
Subsequent Fills & Solo: Chromatic (3rd Position)
04. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
05. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone - F#, E Harp (2nd Position)
06. Walking Blues - A, No Harp
07. I'm Ready - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
08. Sad, Sad Day - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
09. I Don't Know Why - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
*Carey Bell on Harmonica

Muddy "Mississippi" Waters - Live (Sony, 1977/1989)
--------------------------
01. Mannish Boy (Portnoy) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
02. She's Ninteen Years Old (Portnoy) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
03. Nine Below Zero (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
04. Streamline Woman (Portnoy) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
05. Howling Wolf (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
06. Baby Please Don't Go (Portnoy) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. Deep Down In Florida (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
*Jerry Portnoy & James Cotton on Harmonica

Hard Again (Alligator, 1977) James Cotton Harmonica
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01. Mannish Boy - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
02. Bus Driver - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
03. I Want to Be Loved - C, C Harp (1st Position)
04. Jealous Hearted Man - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
05. I Can't Be Satisfied - A, No Harp
06. The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock & Roll - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
07. Deep Down in Florida - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
08. Crosseyed Cat - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
09. Little Girl - A, D Harp (2nd Position)

"Live" (at Mr. Kelly's) (Chess, 1977)
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01. What Is That She Got (Cotton) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
02. You Don't Have To Go (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
03. Strange Woman (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
04. Blow Wind Blow (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
05. Country Boy (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
06. Nine Below Zero (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
07. Stormy Monday Blues (Oscher) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
08. Mudcat (Oscher) [Inst.] - G, Intro: C Chromatic (2nd Position),
Solo: C Harp (2nd Position)
09. Boom, Boom (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
10. She's Nineteen Years Old (Oscher) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
11. C.C. Woman (Oscher) - B, E Harp (2nd Position)
12. Long Distane Call (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position
* James Cotton & Paul Oscher on Harmonica
Rare and Unissued (Chess, 1984/1991)
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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
tmf714
3230 posts
Sep 25, 2021
1:45 PM
12. Howlin' Wolf (Jacobs) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
* Little Walter Jacobs, James Cotton & Paul Oscher on Harmonica


The Woodstock Album (Chess, 1975/2003)
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01. Why Are People Like That - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
02. Going Down To Main Street - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
03. Born With Nothing - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
04. Caldonia - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
05. Funny Sounds - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
06. Love, Deep As The Ocean - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. Let The Good Times Roll - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
08. Kansas City - C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
09. Fox Squirrel - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
*Paul Butterfield On Harmonica

His Best 1947-1955 (Chess 1997)
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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 ( 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 ) - 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 (Jacobs)- C, Bb Harp (3rd Position)
18. Mannish Boy (Wells) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
19. Sugar Sweet (Jacobs ) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
20. Trouble No More (Jacobs ) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)


His Best 1956-1964 (Chess 1997)
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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
20. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - C, No Harp


Muddy Waters Box - Disc 1
-------------------------
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
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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
Muddy Waters Box - Disc 3
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01. I Feel So Good [Live] (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
02. You Shook Me - D, No Harp
03. You Need Love - E, No Harp
04. Twenty-Four Hours (Cotton) - D, C Harp (3rd Position)
05. Elevate Me Mama, Alt. (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
06. So Glad I'm Living (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
07. My Love Strikes Like Lightning (Cotton) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
08. You Don't Have To Go, Alt. (Cotton) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
09. The Things That I Used To Do (Cotton) - E, A Harp (2nd Position)
10. My Home Is In The Delta - E, No Harp
11. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - E, No Harp
12. The Same Thing - C, No Harp
13. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - C, No Harp
14. Short Dress Woman (Cotton) - Bb, Bb Harp (1st Position)
15. Making Friends (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
16. Black Night, Alt. (Cotton) - D, C Chromatic (3rd Position)
17. Bird Nest On The Ground - G, No Harp
18. Country Boy [Live] (Oscher) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
19. Sugar Sweet, Fathers and Sons Alt. (Butterfield) - A, D Harp (2nd Position)
20. All Aboard, Fathers and Sons Alt. - D, C Harp,
C Chromatic (3rd Position) &
(Butterfield) G Harp (2nd Position)
21. Going Down Slow [Live] (Oscher) - F, Bb Harp (2nd Position)
22. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone, Original Hornless London Mix (Bell) - F#, B Harp (2nd Position)
23. Can't Get No Grindin' (What's the Matter With the Meal) (Cotton) - G, C Harp (2nd Position)
*James Cotton, Paul Oscher, Paul Butterfield, Jeff Carp and Carey Bell on Harmonica

Last Edited by tmf714 on Sep 25, 2021 5:03 PM
Harpaholic
984 posts
Sep 27, 2021
8:11 AM
That's some priceless and helpful harp history TMF!
Your time and effort is much appreciated!!

Last Edited by Harpaholic on Sep 27, 2021 12:21 PM
tmf714
3231 posts
Sep 27, 2021
1:00 PM
Glad I can help!

Thats from the old Blues Harmonica Masterclass website.

Lance H. deserves all the credit,a student of David Barrett. He compiled and figured out all the harp keys and positions. I know there were some mistakes,and I have edited the above .


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