Carey Bell

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues harmonica blues harmonica blues harp Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Carey Bell Harrington, 14 November 1936, Macon, Mississippi, USA, d. 6 June 2007, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Bell began to play harmonica after being inspired by the records of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williams. He played with a white C&W band and with his ‘stepfather’, Lovie Lee. He moved to Chicago with Lee in the mid-50s, and, besides picking up harmonica tips from Little Walter and Walter Horton, he also learned guitar from David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, although his main instrument throughout the 60s was bass guitar. Bell was recorded on Maxwell Street with Robert Nighthawk in 1964, and appeared on an Earl Hooker album in 1968. He quickly recorded his debut album for Delmark Records the following year, and appeared on record regularly in the years following, both as leader and accompanist. Bell enjoyed lengthy spells with Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, and in 1988 he recorded what was claimed to be the...

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