Darth Vader, blues harmonicist

Darth Vader Feels Blue, a short video by youtuber Billyfaithfull, gets really funny (and funky!) around the 30 second mark. Who knew that Vader was such a master of the blues harp? Link (via Kottke)


  1. Pretty cool, but I am a little troubled that someone doesn’t know the difference between “around the 30 second mark” and around the 45-second mark.

  2. Holy cow, that cracked me up. I knew it was coming but the way Luke kept looking at him…Awesome.

  3. Found it, ala MrCarter’s Anakin quip – THANKS!!!

    It’s “Lost John” by Sonny Terry. w00t!

  4. Incidentally, “Lost John” (or “Long John” for some) is an old WC Handy tune, which may or may not be the inspiration for Terry’s performance here. Anyway, you should go check out Louis Armstrong’s version of the tune on his “Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy” album, one of my all-time favorite Jazz recordings.

  5. Of course the most prominent tall, black man in the Star Wars universe kicks the bucket playing harmonica. Wouldn’t expect anything less from the same folks who brought us Jar jar Binks!

  6. As previously noted – the Harmonica Track is “Lost John” by Sonny Terry. This clip doesn’t include the hottest portions of it. It is available on the “Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings.” The album, as the title suggests, has some real treasures on it, and is highly recommended by this commenter.

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