Slim Harpo

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": blues swamp blues classic blues harmonica blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

James Moore, 11 January 1924, Lobdel, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 January 1970, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. The eldest in an orphaned family, Moore worked as a longshoreman and building worker during the late 30s and early 40s. One of the foremost proponents of post-war rural blues, he began performing in Baton Rouge bars under the name Harmonica Slim. He later accompanied Lightnin’ Slim, his brother-in-law, both live and in the studio, before commencing his own recording career in 1957. Named ‘Slim Harpo’ by producer Jay Miller, the artist’s solo debut coupled ‘I’m A King Bee’ with ‘I Got Love If You Want It’. Influenced by Jimmy Reed, he began recording for Excello Records and enjoyed a string of popular R&B singles which combined a drawling vocal with incisive harmonica passages. Among them were ‘Rainin’ In My Heart’ (1961), ‘I Love The Life I Live’, ‘Buzzin’’ (instrumental) and...

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