T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker

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T-Bone Walker (Aaron Thibeaux Walker, May 28, 1910, Linden, Texas — March 16, 1975, Los Angeles, California) was an American blues guitarist, singer, pianist and songwriter who was one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar.
His electric guitar solos were among the first heard on modern blues recordings and helped set a standard that is still followed. Walker was born in Linden, Texas of African and Cherokee descent. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Black & White Recordings
    Black & White Recordings
  • T-Bone Blues
    T-Bone Blues
  • Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
    Blues Masters: The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
  • Everytime
    Everytime
  • Stormy Monday Blues
    Stormy Monday Blues
  • The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954
    The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954
  • You’re My Best Poker Hand: The Definitive Collection
    You’re My Best Poker Hand: The Definitive Collection
  • Classics of Modern Blues
    Classics of Modern Blues
  • The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954 (disc 2)
    The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954 (disc 2)
  • The Best of T-Bone Walker
    The Best of T-Bone Walker
  • Stormy Monday
    Stormy Monday
  • Good Feelin'
    Good Feelin'
  • T-Bone Walker Selected Favorites, Vol. 3
    T-Bone Walker Selected Favorites, Vol. 3
  • Blues Greats - T-Bone Walker
    Blues Greats - T-Bone Walker
  • The Blues of T-Bone Walker
    The Blues of T-Bone Walker
  • Midnight Blues
    Midnight Blues
  • T-Bone Standard Time
    T-Bone Standard Time
  • Very Rare
    Very Rare
  • Legends
    Legends
  • T-Bone Blues (Original Album plus Bonus)
    T-Bone Blues (Original Album plus Bonus)
  • The Complete Recordings of T-Bone Walker 1940-1954 (Disc 1)
    The Complete Recordings of T-Bone Walker 1940-1954 (Disc 1)
  • The Talkin' Guitar
    The Talkin' Guitar
  • T-Bone Walker
    T-Bone Walker
  • American Blues Legend
    American Blues Legend
  • The Classic Years
    The Classic Years
  • Funky Town
    Funky Town
  • The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings
    The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings
  • Rhino Hi-Five: T-Bone Walker
    Rhino Hi-Five: T-Bone Walker
  • T-Bone Walker Selected Favorites, Vol. 5
    T-Bone Walker Selected Favorites, Vol. 5
  • T-Bone Shuffle
    T-Bone Shuffle
  • The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings
    The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings
  • The Inventor of the Electric Guitar Blues
    The Inventor of the Electric Guitar Blues
  • No Worry Blues
    No Worry Blues
  • Colored
    Colored
  • The Very Best Of
    The Very Best Of
  • Voices Of Americana: T-Bone Walker
    Voices Of Americana: T-Bone Walker
  • Back On The Scene
    Back On The Scene
  • I Want a Little Girl
    I Want a Little Girl
  • The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
    The Very Best of T-Bone Walker
  • Armadillo 2
    Armadillo 2
  • Mean Old World
    Mean Old World
  • Walker Crossing
    Walker Crossing
  • Low Down Blues
    Low Down Blues
  • Natural Blues - 101 Blues Classics
    Natural Blues - 101 Blues Classics
  • The Legendary T-Bone Walker
    The Legendary T-Bone Walker
  • Swinging The Blues
    Swinging The Blues
  • The Blues
    The Blues
  • Legends - T-Bone Walker
    Legends - T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker. Artist Bio

T-Bone Walker (Aaron Thibeaux Walker, May 28, 1910, Linden, Texas — March 16, 1975, Los Angeles, California) was an American blues guitarist, singer, pianist and songwriter who was one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar.
His electric guitar solos were among the first heard on modern blues recordings and helped set a standard that is still followed.

Walker was born in Linden, Texas of African and Cherokee descent. Walker's parents, Movelia Jimerson and Rance Walker, were both musicians. His stepfather, Marco Washington, taught him to play the guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, mandolin, and piano.
Early in the 1920s, the teenage Walker learned his craft among the street-strolling string bands of Dallas. His mother and stepfather (a member of the Dallas String Band) were musicians, and family friend Blind Lemon Jefferson sometimes joined the family for dinner. Walker left school at age 10, and by 15, he was a professional performer on the blues circuit. Initially, he was Jefferson's protégé and would guide him around town for his gigs. In 1929, Walker made his recording debut with a single for Columbia Records, "Wichita Falls Blues"/"Trinity River Blues," billed as Oak Cliff T-Bone. Oak Cliff was the community he lived in at the time and T-Bone a corruption of his middle name. Pianist Douglas Fernell was his musical partner for the record.
Walker married Vida Lee in 1935 and the couple had three children. By the age of 26 Walker was working the clubs in Los Angeles' Central Avenue, sometimes as the featured singer and guitarist with Les Hite's orchestra.
His distinctive sound developed in 1942 when Walker recorded "Mean Old World" for Capitol Records. Much of his output was recorded from 1946–1948 on Black & White Records, including 1947's "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)", with its famous opening line, "They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad". He followed up with his "T-Bone Shuffle" and "Let Your Hair Down, Baby, Let's Have a Natural Ball". Both are considered blues classics.

Throughout his career Walker worked with the top quality musicians, including Teddy Buckner (trumpet), Lloyd Glenn (piano), Billy Hadnott (bass), and Jack McVea (tenor sax).

Following his work with Black & White, he recorded from 1950-54 for Imperial Records (backed by Dave Bartholomew). Walker's only record in the next five years was T-Bone Blues, recorded over three widely separated sessions in 1955, 1956 and 1959, and finally released by Atlantic Records in 1960.

By the early 1960s, Walker's career had slowed down, in spite of a hyped appearance at the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 with Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, among others. A few critically acclaimed albums followed, such as I Want a Little Girl. Walker recorded in his last years, 1968 - 1975, for Robin Hemingway's Jitney Jane Songs music publishing company, and he won a Grammy Award in 1971 for Good Feelin' (Polydor), produced by Robin Hemingway. "Fly Walker Airlines", Polydor, also produced by Hemingway, was released in 1973.

T-Bone Walker died in 1975, at the age of 64. He is interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

Walker's influence extended beyond his music. Chuck Berry called Walker and Louis Jordan (as well as Jordan's guitarist, Carl Hogan) his main influences. T-Bone Walker was the childhood hero of Jimi Hendrix, and Hendrix imitated some of Walker's ways throughout his life. Years before Hendrix, Walker was playing guitar with his teeth or in strange positions.

Walker was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987


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