'Big John' Zambazian and Johnny Turner


ONE OF THE GREATEST HARMONICA PLAYERS EVER   BIG JOHN ZAMBAZIAN (MAN ON THE LEFT). WHEN I FIRST MET HIM HE SAID TO ME,  "HEY MAN THAT'S  ALL SHIT  LISTEN TO MUDDY WATERS, LITTLE WALTER, HOWLIN' WOLF THAT'S WHERE THEY'RE ALL GETTING IT FROM". BIG JOHN AND JOHNNY TURNER HEADED UP BLUES WITH A FEELING AN INSPIRATIONAL BAND FOR ME  AND MANY OTHERS. THEY WERE ON PETE WELDING'S TESTAMENT RECORDS LABEL,   (PETE  WROTE ARTICLES AND LINER NOTES FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY BLUES AND JAZZ ARTIST ALSO VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING ROYALTIES PAID TO SKIP JAMES, WILLIE DIXON, MUDDY WATERS, REV. GARY DAVIS AND THE LIST GOES ON). JOHN RAN A BAKERY AND HE WOULD BRING US ' BLUES PLAYERS ' FREE BREAD AND WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG AND DUMB YOU SPENT YOUR MONEY ON MORE IMPORTANT THINGS...GUITARS, GIRLS, BEER AND OTHER MOOD ENHANCERS.  HE TOOK ME TO A SHOW AND HE INTRODUCES ME TO MUDDY WATERS ( AFTER SITTING IN WITH THE BAND ) AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER BLUES GREATS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HE WAS HUMBLE AND NEVER TALKED DOWN TO US ALWAYS ENCOURAGING US TO PLAY LESS AND LISTEN MORE.  UNFORTUNATELY HE PASSED AWAY BEFORE HE COULD SEE THE FRUITS OF HIS ENCOURAGEMENT.  NOW I'M NOT SAYING MY FRUIT IS SWEET AS APPLES BUT BECAUSE OF HIM I HAVE REAPED A BASKET FULL OF MUSIC, TRAVELING, MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY, PLAYING WITH THE GREATEST MUSICIANS I COULD EVER HAVE DREAMED OF PLAYING WITH...CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS MAN.   AS HE WOULD SAY, "HEY MAN... LET'S PLAY SOME BLUES".