Mickey Raphael Actually Played Iconic Harmonica Solo on Motley Crue’s “Smokin’ In...

Mickey Raphael Actually Played Iconic Harmonica Solo on Motley Crue’s “Smokin’ In The Boys Room”

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It’s hard to name a more famous harmonica player these days than Willie Nelson’s Mickey Raphael. If you have a song that needs harmonica, why ask anyone else? Not only is Raphael supremely qualified, he seems more than happy to lend his talents to just about anyone, and you see his name and hear his signature harmonica style on albums and songs all over the place. It only takes a few notes from Mickey and even the novice music fan can tell it’s him. He’s lived a charmed life playing an instrument that seems so simple, yet his style and taste turns his solos into musical mastery.

The story of how Mickey Raphael got started playing harmonica professionally for Willie is…



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