Born: May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas
Died: March 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, Ca.
Aaron Thibeaux Walker was a product of the early Dallas, Texas blues scene. Marco Washington, T-Bone's step-father, was a bass fiddle player with a group called The Dallas String Band. Almost all of T-bone's family played instruments of one kind or another and the young man followed his step-dad's example by learning every stringed instrument his talented hands could find. Once he learned the guitar, that was it.
T-Bone and his friend Charlie Christian hustled many gigs which included both playing and dancing. Neither one of the young men went to school that much. They were into making money so they could eat.
T-Bone Walker recorded from 1929 until 1973. During that time Walker recorded over 400 records. A recording discography unmatched by any guitar player to date. He also played with some of the most prestigious band leaders and performed in the world's finest venues.
Anyone who has enjoyed the music of BB King, Albert King or Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Albert Collins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie Ray Vaughan or any of a host of other blues and blues-influenced players has heard the influences of T-Bone Walker.
T-Bone Walker suffered a stroke 1n 1974 brought on by persistent stomach problems and died in Los Angeles, California in 1975.
Here's the music:
1)...."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
2)...."Strollin' With Bone"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records
3)...."The Hustle Is On"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records
4)...."Black Snake Moan"....Blind Lemon Jefferson....Gold Box Records 5)...."Stormy Monday Blues"....T-Bone Walker....Black and White Records 6)...."Tomorrow Night"....Lonnie Johnson....King Records
7)...."Johnny B. Goode"....Chuck Berry....Chess Records
8)...."Hard Way"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial
9)...."Blue Mood"....T-Bone Walker....Imperial Records
10)..."Hand Clappin' "....Red Prysock....Mercury Records
Influential American Guitarists....T- Bone Walker!
Posted by John Rhys on Friday, May 31, 2019 2:48 PM
I thought this was a well done tribute. The songs were well chosen and the comments were concise and informative. Thank you!
Perhaps it should be mentioned that T-Bone only recorded one 78 on Dec 5, 1929 and wasn't to record again until July 20, 1942. There was also a gap in recording between Dec 27, 1957 and October, 1962 when he toured Europe and recorded for German Brunswick.
Helen Oakley Dance wrote a lengthy biography Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story (Louisiana State UP, 1987) which contained much new information and photos garnered from Vida Lee Walker.
Apologies for rambling on. I love the music of TBW and have on vinyl everything he recorded.