Tong Son

Vietnamese harmonica player Tong Son has passed away in Ho Chi Minh City aged 91. While little known in the West, he was a massive star in Vietnam. He was known as 'Monster Masterpiece' by his many fans. He made a living from playing the harmonica for over 70 years. While he was once able to tour internationally, unfortunately he fell into poverty in his later years and ended up living in a room in his brother's house.

He developed many unusual playing styles and was famed for playing while eating a banana or drinking beer. He demonstrates this on this YouTube video. Skip to 1:30 to see him playing 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White' while eating a banana.

More about his life here, and his obituary is here

Goodbye to an interesting and unique performer. 

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