Blues with a Feeling:The Little Walter Story

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Whenever you hear the prevalent wailing blues harmonica in commercials, film soundtracks or at a blues club, you are experiencing the legacy of the master harmonica player, Little Walter. Immensely popular in his lifetime, Little Walter had fourteen Top 10 hits on the R&B charts, and he was also the first Chicago blues musician to play at the Apollo. Ray Charles and B.B. King, great blues artists in their own right, were honored to sit in with his band. However, at the age of 37, he lay in a pauper's grave in...

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Whenever you hear the prevalent wailing blues harmonica in commercials, film soundtracks or at a blues club, you are experiencing the legacy of the master harmonica player, Little Walter. Immensely popular in his lifetime, Little Walter had fourteen Top 10 hits on the R&B charts, and he was also the first Chicago blues musician to play at the Apollo. Ray Charles and B.B. King, great blues artists in their own right, were honored to sit in with his band. However, at the age of 37, he lay in a pauper's grave in Chicago. This book will tell the story of a man whose music, life and struggles continue to resonate to this day.

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Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs in 1930) was perhaps the finest Chicago-style blues harmonica player of all time. Learning from such greats as Sonny Boy Williamson, he rose to superstar status as sideman to blues giant Muddy Waters and took the lowly harmonica to a place of prominence as an expressive, powerful electrified lead instrument of almost vocal qualities. Collaborating via e-mail, noted blues scholars Glover, Ward Gaines, and Scott Dirks unearthed important information on the artist's shadowy life through interviews and library research. They paint a picture of Walter as a fiery, independent soul who lived fast and loose and died tragically as a result of a street fight at the age of 37. But for his vast musical contributions, all modern blues harmonica players certainly owe a debt to this musical pioneer. A pleasant read intended for a lay audience, this is the only biography available on Walter, and all public and music libraries with blues aficionados should add it to their collections. Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415937115
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 799,591
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Glover has been a professional musician/writer since 1962. He is the author of a best-selling guide to playing the blues harmonica, in continuous print for over 4 decades. He has performed in a legendary blues trio with "Spider" John Koerner and Dave Ray off and on since the 1960s. He lives in St. Paul, MN. Ward Gaines is a graphic designer, art restorer and professional musician, and is a noted writer and researcher on the blues. He lives in Washington, DC. Scott Dirks has written for blues magazines, hosted blues radio, produced blues recordings, and performed in blues bands over the last 20 years. He lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Night train: Louisiana 1920-43 1
2 Good evenin' everybody: New Orleans/Helena, Arkansas: 1943-44 13
3 Wonder harmonica king: St. Louis/Points South/Chicago: Summer 1943-46 23
4 I just keep loving her: Chicago/Points South and/or St. Louis/Chicago: c. 1946-48 37
5 Ebony boogie: Chicago/Helena/Mississippi/Chicago: September 1948-Fall 1951 51
6 "Juke": Chicago Blues Turns a Corner: Winter 1951-52 71
7 Diamonds and cadillac cars: Chicago/East and West Coasts/Southern States: January 1953-February 1954 91
8 You gonna miss me when i'm gone: Chicago/The South and East: February-Fall 1954 115
9 Roller coaster: Chicago/Alexandria, Louisiana/Boston/Chicago: Fall 1954-Fall 1955 133
10 I've had my fun: Chicago/The South/Chicago: December 1955-December 1957 155
11 Crazy mixed up world: Chicago and On the Road: January 1958-Autumn 1959 177
12 I ain't broke, I'm badly bent: Chicago: Fall 1959-February 1963 203
13 Back in the alley: Chicago/London/San Francisco/Boston: Winter 1963-Fall 1966 225
14 Mean old world: Chicago/Europe/UK/Chicago: Fall 1966-February 1968 251
Epilogue: 1968-Present 275
Chronological recordings 285
Sources and notes 297
Bibliography 303
Index 307
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