Monday, November 2, 2009

One of the Finest Harmonica Players in Rock Passes

Category: Obituary/News

Norton Buffalo made a few records on his own (1977's Loving in the Valley of the Moon was particularly good) but he spent most of his career standing in the shadows of Steve Miller -- and frequently upstaging him. Buffalo could flat-out play the harmonica.

Norton Buffalo died Friday, October 30 of advanced lung cancer that had spread to his brain.

Buffalo stepped into the limelight when he began working with Steve Miller about the time Miller's career took off with The Joker, Fly Like an Eagle, and Book of Dreams. Miller got Buffalo a contract at Capitol and produced two albums (Lovin' in the Valley of the Moon and Desert Horizon) for him.

Aside from his work with Steve Miller he was the session harmonica player for a number of blues/rock acts (as the video of him with Bonnie Raitt shows).

Norton Buffalo was 58 (although Steve Miller's web site posted his age as 55).

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