Harmonica, also known as French harp or harmonica, is a free reed wind instrument used in many music genres worldwide, especially blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country music, and rock music. Many types of harmonicas include diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. 

The harmonica is a small wind instrument invented and manufactured in Germany in 1821 and its invention is often attributed to Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann. 

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Let’s enjoy the sound of this instrument through this wonderful performance by James Henry Cotton.

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James Henry Cotton (July 1, 1935-March 16, 2017) was an American blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter. He and many of the great blues of his time The artist and his band perform and record together. He played drums early in his career but is known for playing the harmonica.