Amazon.com Widgets

Slim Harpo

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: January 11, 1924 | Died: January 31, 1970    

Born James Moore in Lobdell, Louisiana, the eldest in an orphaned family, Moore worked as a longshoreman and building worker during the late 1930s and early 1940s. 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 “Little Queen Bee” (1964). On these hits he was accompanied by understated electric backing from the regular stable of Excello musicians • including Lazy Lester, whom Harpo influenced....
read more

Featured recording “Best Of Slim Harpo”

Latest Release

Best Of Slim Harpo

(2002)
Become a fan of Slim Harpo Track
Rank: 3,782 Views: 6,023
Search
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Bandzoogle: GET STARTED TODAY - FREE TRIAL

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

Musician Search

Help improve the Slim Harpo profile

All About Jazz musician profiles are maintained by musicians, publicists and trusted members like you. Interested? Tell us why you would like to improve the Slim Harpo musician profile.