Friday, November 11, 2016

Toots Thielemans "Same" 1961

In august this year the belgian harmonica and guitar player Toots Thielemans passed away 94 years old, In the 1960s (and in the 70s as well) Toots were HUGE in Sweden, he was almost everywhere (tv, radio and papers) all the time. He's laid back jazz were nice and pleasant, but also very groovy in parts. This whistling guy is maybe not everybody's cup of tea, some may called the it dorky deluxe, but who cares? I've got his music in the mother's milk as many other swedes (he did music and whistling for children tv-shows/films here in Sweden), may therefor I dig Toots so much? He released a lot of albums in Sweden through the sixties and seventies - this is his first from 1961, released by the legendary Metronome Records. Groovy!



  1. I dig Toots so much too, Aaron, and I was 60 years old before I heard him play or whistle a note. I dig your kind and generous blog, too. Thank you, my friend.


  2. Incredible sound. Hate to admit this, but I first became aware of him through rather ditzy high school g/f who kept badgering me to listen to Billy Joel's "Leave a Tender Moment Alone," because it featured "The greatest harmonica player in the world!!" I despised Top 40 at the time and ignored her.

    But years later I fell in love with the harmonica playing on the first Laura Nyro album. Had to swallow my pride big-time when I found it was the same guy. He could definitely play like no one else, though. And I now even like that Billy Joel tune.