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Jan 01, 1970 12:00 AM GMT
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He is my favorite harmonica player.
Damn shame. He is also the only harp player who I've ever seen hold 4 different harps between his hands at the same time, shift flawlessly between them and get great tone even from the middle ones. This is how he did his famous solo on Bonnie Raitt's version of "Runaway". Saw him do that at one of Dave Barrett's harmonica masterclasses. I learned his "harmonica mambo" piece - took me weeks, had to slow it WAY down to even get close. He was a MASTER.
Great player and a big loss. I still have his first solo LP on vinyl Lovin' On The Valley Of The Moon, and my favorite cut on it is his 5th position chromatic piece Puerto De Azul. Tons of both strong blues and country harp influences in his playing.
Norton showed us all the places harmonica could go.
What Bonnie Raitt album did he play Runaway on?
What a shame, he was too young to go. I loved his Chromatic playing.
runaway was on sweet forgiveness
I remember meeting Norton at SPAH 2003 (in Dallas) - he was such a nice down to earth guy, and interesting to talk to - I felt so lucky to pick up a few tips from such a world class talent. RIP
I started play harmonicas in 1978, inspired by country rock and bluegrass... back in the Disco era, and my friends and I hated disco and loved going out to local bars and hearing live music. Jonathan Edwards was my first inspiration... then I discovered Norton Buffalo.
Saw Norton on the Austin City Limits TV show, and I was absolutely blow away! Never heard anything like that. Ran out the next day to the local record shop, to see if they had any Norton music. I found both his vinyl LP's, "Lovin in the Valley of the Moon" and "Desert Horizons". Wow, I struck gold ! But how would I ever learn to play like that ? Friggin' impossible !
I also have the CD that has these 2 albums, and all the Roy Rogers CD's, and the Knockouts CD "King of the Highway". I knew I could never go wrong buying a Norton Buffalo album.
Three of my favorites from his 1st 2 albums, are "Walkin' Down to Suzy's", "Puerto de Azul", and "Nobody Wants Me".
Never totally figured out "Puerto de Azul", but I'm getting there.
I've been working on "Nobody Wants Me" since Norton's death... I just love the opening diatonic solo and later the chromatic solo. I can do the diatonic solo now, but the chromatic will take some time. Song is in the key of A, D diatonic in 2nd, I suspect the chromatic is a Key of C (probably a CBH-2016), possibly played in 5th, like "Puerto de Azul". I ain't sure at this point, but I'll figure it out eventually.
Norton is my favorite harp player above all my favorites, and I thank God for giving us Norton Buffalo and his music. I will always miss him.
Oops... made mistake on "Nobody Wants Me"... its in the key of E, A harp in 2nd. duh !