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Happy 70th birthday Delbert!

If you're a fan of Delbert McClinton, you've probably heard the story about Delbert teaching John Lennon how to play harmonica. When you heard it, didn't you picture Delbert how he looks now, teaching the young mop top a few licks? Imagine my surprise when I find out that Delbert's actually a few weeks YOUNGER than John Lennon! (Delbert's 70th is today, John's was Oct.9th). (In case you haven't heard the story--Delbert was on tour in England with Bruce Channel...the guy who had the hit with Hey Baby! He played the harp on that song and taught the young Beatle a few tricks of the trade). Delbert is one of my favorite songwriters..with a turn of the phrase that's right up there with a couple of my other heroes, John Prine and John Hiatt. Here's Delbert on Austin City Limits back in 1982. This performance is available on DVD by the way. Check Amazon.com if you're interested.

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