Marion Walter Jacobs was born on May 1, 1930 in Marksville, Louisiana. Little
Walter taught himself harmonica at age 8. Little Walter left his home at age
12 and went to New Orleans, later to Helena, Arkansas (where he met
Sonny Boy Williamson II),
Memphis, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri. In 1946, Little Walter came to
Chicago, Illinois and began to work in local clubs, since 1948 as a member of
band. In 1947, Little Walter made his first recording I Just Keep Loving
Her for the Ora-Nelle label. Because of the crowded and noisy clubs in
Chicago and the loud electric guitars Little Walter amplified his harmonica.
Little Walter used to hold a small microphone in his hand while he was playing
harmonica, and plugged the microphone into an amplifier. This produced a
powerful saxophone like sound. Since then amplified harmonica playing became
very common, not only in blues. The loudly wailing amplified harmonica became
a particular characteristic in modern Chicago blues. In 1952, Little Walter
formed his own band The Jukes with
Louis Myers on guitars and
on drums and recorded for the Checker label Juke, his first hit record.
Many hits followed, My Babe, Sad Hours, Off the Wall,
Blues With a Feeling, You Better Watch Yourself, Mean Old
World, and Last Night to name a few. In 1964, Little Walter toured
England with the Rolling Stones. Little Walter died on February 15, 1968 in
Chicago at the age of 37 as a result of head injuries sustained in a street
fight. Little Walter is regarded as one of the most important blues artists.
He virtuously played both blues harp and chromatic harmonica and set standards
in harmonica playing. Little Walter's instrumental Juke is one of The
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, selected by
the curatorial staff and a number of rock critics and historians.
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Little Walter biography by Glenn Weiser.
Little Walter. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
LittleWalter.net The Official Little Walter biography website.
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Little Walter biography by Johnny Mayer.
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Little Walter Monument. A sculpture by Detlef Kraft in front of the Jazz-Institut Darmstadt, Germany.
Article by Scott Dirks.
Little Walter Lyrics
Lyrics of many Little Walter songs.
Lyrics of eight Little Walter songs.
Lyrics of 36 Little Walter songs.
Lyrics of six Little Walter songs.
Little Walter Lessons
Transcription of Juke by Glenn Weiser.
Little Walter Photos
Little Walter Photos at bobcorritore.com.
Little Walter photos from the collection of Paul Ressler.
Little Walter Audio Files
Little Walter - Hate To See You Go. MP3 file, runtime 02:14.
Little Walter - Baby. MP3 file, runtime 01:54.
Little Walter - Blue and Lonesome. MP3 file, runtime 04:49.
Little Walter - Come Back Baby. MP3 file, runtime 03:00.
Little Walter - Dead Presidents. MP3 file, runtime 02:41.
Little Walter - Flyin' Saucer. MP3 file, runtime 03:04.
Little Walter - I Got to Go. MP3 file, runtime 02:42.
Little Walter - Who?. MP3 file, runtime 02:53.
Little Walter - Roller Coaster. MP3 file, runtime 02:47.
Little Walter Videos
Hound Dog Taylor & Little Walter - Wild about you baby. Runtime 02:35.
Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle (featuring Little Walter). Runtime 02:54.
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