(born March 29, 1967) is an American musician
He is most famous for his role as frontman of rock band Blues Traveler
. He is widely considered a harmonica virtuoso
, and is listed by harmonica manufacturer Hohner
as a "Featured Artist", an accolade reserved for only the best and most successful harmonica players.
John Popper was born in Cleveland, Ohio
. His father was a Hungarian
immigrant who escaped Budapest
in the 1950s. Through him, Popper is related to David Popper
, a 19th-century European cellist whose many solo works for the cello are staples of the instrument's repertoire.
Popper was raised in Stamford, Connecticut
, New York
, and New Jersey
. He attended Davenport Ridge School
, Stamford Catholic High School (now Trinity Catholic High School) and Princeton High School
. He took lessons on the piano
, the cello
, and the guitar, but none of those instruments appealed to him and he hated being forced to practice.
He originally wanted to become a comedian
, finding he could use humor to make friends and avoid bullies, but when he and a... Read More