RIP: Johnny Dyer – 1938-2014

Posted on: Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Sad to mark the passing of the fine Mississippi-born harmonica player and singer, Johnny Dyer, at the age of 75. He relocated to Los Angeles in the late 50s where he began playing with George ‘Harmonica’ Smith, and then with his own band backed the likes of Jimmy Rogers, J.B. Hutto and Jimmy Reed.

He suffered tough times in the 60s and left the music behind for a period, re-emerging in the 80s, working with the likes of Rod Piazza and Shakey Jake Harris; and recorded a couple of fine albums for the Black Top label in 1994 and 1995, with guitarist Rick Holstrom.

Latterly he was a member of The Mannish Boys and featured on several of the Delta Groove label releases.

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