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Paul used to play with Chester Burnett, aka Howlin’ Wolf, and his band, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, when they came to Boston in the 1970s. Paul remembers that Wolf only had a C harmonica with him, so every tune he called was in G. By the end of the night, he had played that one harp so hard, it was out of tune and completely spent. Wolf then tossed the harp into a corner of the bar, to be swept up by the janitor after closing time. This happened night after night. Imagine, Paul says ruefully, if someone had thought to keep all of Howlin’ Wolf’s discarded harps!