Harmonica Frank Floyd
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11 October 1908, Toccopola, Mississippi, USA, d. 7 August 1984, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Having spent many of his earlier years travelling the southern states of the USA, playing in carnivals and street shows, Floyd, aka Harmonica Frank, developed a solo guitar and harmonica style much influenced by black country blues. This led to his first recordings - made by Sam Phillips in Memphis in 1951 - being issued on the Chess Records label, at that time orientated entirely towards a black audience. These, along with later recordings that Phillips issued in 1954 on his own Sun Records label, in particular Rocking Chair Daddy, stand as direct precursors to the first Elvis Presley records, also on Sun, in their mixture of white and black styles, although Floyd enjoyed no similar commercial success. In the late 50s, he recorded again for a self-owned label, and there was also an album for Barrelhouse in 1975 and some interesting live recordings made in 1979...