About The Artist
William George Mlagenovich was born in Los Angeles, CA to parents Martin and Mary (Martizia) Mlagenovich. Later, he became known as "Harmonica George."
Around May of 1949, Harmonica George was appearing at the Saddle Club at 7306 South Vermont n Los Angeles. Jesse Ashlock's Band was the headline performer. Also appearing was KXLA announcer, Texas Tiny (all 642 pounds of him). Marion Elduayen was the owner of the club and Al Harvey was manager.
He married the former Julia Ross (B: July 22, 1924 - D: October 3, 1986) on December 1, 1942.
But tragedy struck in the late hours of February 21, 1953. George was driving apparently to Ventura with a female passenger. News accounts he may have been confused by a road sign and his car went into the wrong lane and ended up in a head-on crash. All four people involved were killed. Police took blood alcohol tests at the scene; George and his passenger tests indicated they had been drinking. The two passengers in the other car (a husband and wife) had not been drinking. George was survived by his wife, Julia and a son (George, Jr.) and daughter (Carol-Ann).
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