Born in 1945 in New London, Connecticut, Magic Dick arrived in post-war America to the Atomic Bomb, World Peace, Bebop and Rhythm & Blues. Dynamic change and growth in the arts and technology would be the hallmark of this era and by the time he was eight Dick knew that music, painting and physics would be his primary interests. The trumpet was his constant companion and served as a springboard to the harmonica in his sophomore year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts where he met J. Geils and Danny Klein and became a founding member of the J. Geils Blues Band in 1968.

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By 1969 the band had moved to Boston and joined forces with Peter Wolf, Stephen Jo Bladd and Seth Justman. In 1970 the J. Geils Band recorded their first of nine albums for Atlantic Records and toured incessantly, jamming with many of the blues greats including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. The band developed a reputation for 'getting crazy' and devastated audiences for fifteen years with their high-energy style of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. These recordings showcase Magic Dick's innovative harmonica playing, which served as a strong distinguishing sound for the band.

A series of five albums for EMI America followed culminating in the Platinum album Freeze Frame, released in 1981, which ascended to #1 on the Billboard album charts, spent four weeks there, and remained on the charts for a total of 70 weeks. The album's first single, "Centerfold," spent six weeks at #1 in Billboard. Freeze Frame's title track followed "Centerfold," peaking at #4.

Subsequent to The J. Geils Band, Magic Dick performed as a guest artist harmonica soloist for Patty Smyth, Debbi Harri, Full Circle, The Del Fuegos and Ryuici Sakamota, among others. In 1992, Magic Dick and J. Geils formed the band Bluestime featuring Magic Dick on harmonica and vocals and J. Geils on guitar.

Magic Dick's years of experimentation and searching for new sounds and stylings for the harmonica cultivated a strong desire to improve the flexibility and quality of the harmonica so as to better fit into contemporary music yet retain the best characteristics of harmonica sound and cultural history. This development continues to this day in the recordings of Bluestime on Rounder Records, which feature prototypes of Magic Harmonicas’ expanding the role of the harp now, and for the future. Magic Dick's intense drive to extend and enlarge the cultural history of the harmonica is shared in a balanced and fruitful union with Magic Harmonicas co-inventor and partner Pierre Beauregard.

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Magic Dick has recently partnered up with guitar and vocal sensation, Shun Ng, to create one of the most dynamic musical acts to come out of Boston in a long time. | |

"Whammer Jammer"
1979 Essen/Germany

"Love Stinks"
1980 Live - Pinkpop

"Whammer Jammer"
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Revue

1993 Live with Bluestime 1993
"Whammer Jammer"

"Centerfold" 1981
Official Video

"Love Stinks" 1980
Official Video

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Saturday, August 19
Magic Dick appearing with
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Chenango Blues Festival
6:30-7:45 on the Infield Stage
Norwich, NY
Info & Tickets

Friday, September 8
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Friday, October 6
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
Spire Center for the Performing Arts
25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Info & Tickets

Sunday, October 15
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
35 Railroad Square
Nashua, NH 03064

Wednesday, October 18
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Info & Tickets

Sunday, October 22
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
Sellersville Theater
24 W. Temple Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 7:30pm
Info & Tickets

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
City Winery
1 Canal Street
Boston, MA 02114
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm
Info & Tickets

February 4-11, 2018
Original Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue
w/ Tommy Castro, Magic Dick,
Deanna Bogart & Ronnie Baker Brooks

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #30
Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Eastern Caribbean

February 23-25, 2018
Magic Dick & Shun Ng
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Panama - on the slopes of the Volcan Baru
Info & Tickets

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