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James Harman biography



James Harman (born June 8, 1946, Anniston, Alabama, United States) is an American blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter. Biography At the age of four, Harman began lessons in piano playing, and also sang in his local church choir. Harmonicas owned by his father were stored in the piano bench, and James tried playing them after his piano lessons ended. In time, he became capable in several other musical instruments, including guitar, electric organ, and drums. In 1962, he relocated to Panama City, Florida, where he played in many rhythm and blues bands, of which The Icehouse Blues Band was the last. Earl Caldwell, manager of The Swinging Medallions, signed Harman to a recording contract. In 1964, in Atlanta, Georgia, Harman recorded the first of nine early singles, which were variously released on five different record labels. Harman performed as a blues harmonica player and singer in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere before he moved to Southern California in the 1970s. Harman became known as a skilled, reliable musician, whether for a backing band or leading his own ensemble. His band recorded several albums during the 1980s, before settling in 1990 at Black Top. Numerous Harman songs have been used in films and on television, including "Kiss of Fire" (from Those Dangerous Gentlemen), which was on the soundtrack of The Accused. Harman has received several W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, for songs on his own releases and on other artists' albums. He has been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and received the "Best Blues Album of the Year" award from the Real Blues magazine. In 1995, Harman recorded a song named for the Zoo Bar club in Lincoln, Nebraska. Harman has also performed at the Long Beach Blues Festival, and around the world in concert. Legacy Music journalist Tony Russell has described Harman as an amusing songwriter and an excellent, unfussy harp player. Discography 1987 - Those Dangerous Gentlemen - Rhino 1988 - "Extra Napkins" -Rivera Records 1990 - Strictly Live... In '85!, Vol. 1 1991 - Do Not Disturb - Black Top 1993 - Two Sides to Every Story - Black Top 1994 - Cards on the Table - Black Top 1995 - Black & White - Hep Cat Records 1998 - Takin' Chances - Cannonball Records 1999 - Icepick's Story - Me & My Blues 2003 - Lonesome Moon Trance - Pacific Blues