Influential blues guitarist, T-Bone Walker was taught to play by family friend, Blind Lemon Jefferson. He made his recording debut in 1929 with Wichita Falls Blues, a solid slice of country blues for Columbia Records, but the turning point in his career came in the early 30s when he was shown an early electric guitar by his friend, Charlie Christian. After relocating to Los Angeles, he worked with the Les Hite Orchestra, and 'Big' Joe Wynn, before recording the landmark Mean Old World for Capitol Records in 1942. It was another four years before he landed a solo contract (with Comet Records), where he released the seminal Stormy Monday, but his progress was hampered by a relentless touring schedule and several sessions remained unreleased until Capitol secured the rights. In the meantime, Walker switched to Imperial releasing several classy singles such as Blue Mood. Although his style was usurped by the Chicago blues sound, Walker continued to tour and record to acclaim until his death from a stroke in 1975. A wonderfully mellow tone on his guitar begs listening to, arguably the most relaxing artist of the blues genre, his work should not be ignored.
Followers: Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy
Influenced By: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leroy Carr, Chuck Richardson, Cab Calloway...