Personalities | Slim Harpo | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Harmonica, guitar, vocals, 1924–70)

Born James Moore in Lobdell, Louisiana, Harpo developed an upbeat style playing juke joints and parties before signing to Excello Records in 1955, where he was instrumental in defining the label’s ‘swamp-blues’ sound. He had a profound influence on 1960s rockers including Van Morrison, the Kinks and the Rolling Stones, who covered Harpo’s ‘I’m A King Bee’ and ‘Shake Your Hips’. Harpo died from a heart attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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