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I came across
Grandpa Elliot on a recent trip to New Orleans. He was born in New Orleans in 1944.
At an early age he was encouraged by an uncle to play the mouth harp (Harmonica). playing on the streets of New Orleans for small change, he eventually migrated to New York as a young man and became reasonably well known playing the jazz clubs of the city. Elliot small made a number of recordings which did not make him a rich man, but it allowed him to procure gigs and survive.
Later in life he developed Glaucoma which affected his eyesight, and he became blind during 2005, and this prompted him to return to New Orleans where he again became a well known street musician, who played for donations from the public.
Grandpa Elliot was eventually recognised and invited to join a group known as "Playing for change" which has recorded his performances with musicians world wide (Benefit of the Internet).
Grandpa Elliot can still be seen almost daily playing on the corner of Royal and Toulouse streets in the New Orleans French Quarter where he arrives by taxi each morning.
If you wish to hear some of his performances Google Grandpa Elliot where you will find many snippets of his talent.