George “Harmonica” Smith was a blues harp player from Helena, Arkansas. He learned how to play the harmonica at the young age of four. As a teenager he traveled the South and wound up playing fish fries and picnics in the Mississippi Delta with Earley Woods’ country band.
Throughout his life time Smith was a part of Muddy Waters’ band (known as one of the greatest blues bands ever, and rightfully so) twice, although neither time lasted long due to reasons still unknown by most. Despite the differences and Smith leaving the band, Smith and Muddy Waters remained friends until Smith’s death in 1983. Smith also toured with Little Willie John and Champion Jack Dupree and worked with Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Harmonica Slim and Rod Piazza to name a few.