Mario Solis‘s Today’s Memory
Magic Dick’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Richard „Magic Dick” Salwitz (born May 13, 1945) is an American musician, and the harmonica player for The J. Geils Band. In addition to the harmonica, Salwitz plays the trumpet (the first instrument he learned) and saxophone.
Salwitz’s harmonica playing became a major and distinctive element in the J. Geils Band’s sound during their hard-rocking 1970s heyday. His performance of „Whammer Jammer” on the J. Geils Band’s live album Full House has been particularly noted. In The Rolling Stone Record Guide series music critic Dave Marsh has described Salwitz as possibly the best white musician to ever play blues harmonica.
After the J. Geils Band parted ways in 1985, Salwitz spent time working on a harmonica design of his own, which he labelled the „Magic Harmonica”, a co-invention with Pierre Beauregard.