The blues harp, or blues harmonica, had its golden age in the 1950s in Chicago Illinois. At the time, Chicago was a very attractive place for blues artists to try to make a living and a name for themselves at the same time. Chicago’s music scene was bursting at the seams and it also had an up and coming blues recording industry, most notably the Chess (and their subsidiary Checker) record company. It was in Chicago in the 1950s that two of the greatest blues harp players found themselves. Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson were both in their prime and had their most productive years there.