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George "Harmonica" Smith
|Birth name||Allen George Smith|
|Also known as||George "Harmonica" Smith|
|Born||April 22, 1924|
|Origin||West Helena, Arkansas USA|
October 2, 1983 (aged 59)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Years active||1950s – 1980s|
|Associated acts||Muddy Waters, Bacon Fat|
Life and career
Born in West Helena, Arkansas he was brought up in Cairo, Illinois.He began playing professionally in 1951. He joined Muddy Waters' band in 1954. He was again member of the band in 1966.He left Chicago and spent much of his adult life on the West Coast.
Smith played with the blues combo, Bacon Fat, and mentored its harmonica player Rod Piazza. After this he played harmonica for Big Mama Thornton in the 1970s. He appeared on her album Jail (1975).Another student of him was William Clarke.