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Mickey Raphael

Mickey Raphael in Dublin, during a Willie Nelson & Family concert.|
Personal information
OriginDallas, TX, USA
OccupationHarmonica Player
Actor
InstrumentsHarmonica
Associated actsWillie Nelson
Notable instrumentsHarmonica

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Michael Siegfried "Mickey" Raphael (born 1951) is a professional harmonica player, best known for his work with Willie Nelson. He has recorded with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Mötley Crüe, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Chesney, U2 and Neil Young.

Raphael's style is mostly second position, concentrating mostly on draw notes. He is a master of smooth note transitions and melodic riffs.

Raphael also appeared in the movies Songwriter and Honeysuckle Rose.

He is mentioned by clear inference, but not by name, in Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song" with the lyric "The guy in Willie Nelson's band who plays harmonica celebrates Hanukkah!"




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