Little Walter

Bürgerl. Name:
Marion Walter Jacobs
Profil:
Blues harmonica player and composer.
His innovation on the harmonica has had impact on succeeding generations.
Born & raised in Louisiana, Little Walter had quit school by the age of 12, & was supporting himself with odd jobs & busking around southern cities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, & Missouri. Arriving in Chicago in 1945, he occasionally found work as a guitarist but garnered more attention for his already highly developed harmonica work. Jacobs, growing frustrated with having his harmonica drowned out by electric guitarists, competed with their volume by adopting the previously little-used method of amplification. However, he differed from his contemporaries by purposely pushing his amplifiers beyond their intended technical limitations, using the amplification to explore and develop radical new timbres and sonic effects previously unheard from a harmonica, or any other instrument. It has been said Little Walter was the first musician of any kind to purposely use electronic distortion.
His first released recordings were in 1947. He then joined Muddy Waters band playing mostly unamplified harmonica from 1948 to 1952, though Chess hired Walter to play on most of Muddy's records throughout the 50's.
In 1952 his instrumental hit "Juke" spent 8 weeks atop the Billboard R&B chart, the only harmonica instrumental #1 to date.
Little Walter scored fourteen top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts between 1952 and 1958, including a second #1, "My Babe" in 1955, a level of commercial success never achieved by his former boss Waters.
In the late 1950s, Jacob's fame and fortunes began to decline. He suffered from alcoholism and had a notoriously short temper. He died in his sleep at the apartment of a girlfriend at 209 E. 54th St. in Chicago early in the morning following a fight outside a club he was playing at in South Chicago.
Described as "king of all post-war blues harpists", he is widely credited by blues historians as the artist primarily responsible for establishing the standard vocabulary for modern blues & blues rock harmonica players.
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 (Sidemen).
Born 1 May 1930 in Marksville, Louisiana.
Died 15 February 1968 in Chicago, Illinois.
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CRL 4529 Little Walter - Super Blues Cover-Design Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Muddy Waters Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Muddy Waters - Super Blues (Album) Checker, Checker CRL 4529 UK 1967 Diese Version verkaufen
SWX-6136M Little Walter - Chicago Bound Cover-Design Jimmy Rogers With Little Walter, Muddy Waters Jimmy Rogers With Little Walter, Muddy Waters - Chicago Bound (Comp, Album) Chess, Chess SWX-6136M Japan 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
QS 5003 Little Walter - Live In Chicago Cover-Design Little Walter & Otis Rush Little Walter & Otis Rush - Live In Chicago (Album) Intermedia Records QS 5003 US 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
DVMC 2114 Little Walter - The Little Walter Collection - 20 Blues Greats Cover-Design Little Walter The Little Walter Collection - 20 Blues Greats (Comp, Album) Deja Vu DVMC 2114 Italy 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
LP 1001 Little Walter - Mellow Down Easy Cover-Design Little Walter Mellow Down Easy(10", MiniAlbum) Chess Producing Corp. LP 1001 Unknown Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

711 Little Walter - Ora-Nelle Blues / I Just Keep Loving Her Cover-Design Little Walter J.* Ora-Nelle Blues / I Just Keep Loving Her(10", Single) Ora Nelle 711 US 1947 Diese Version verkaufen
764 Little Walter - Mean Old World / Sad Hours Cover-Design Little Walter And His Nightcaps* Little Walter And His Nightcaps* - Mean Old World / Sad Hours (Single) Checker 764 US 1952 Diese Version verkaufen
404 Little Walter - Rollin' Blues Cover-Design Little Walter Rollin' Blues (Single) Herald 404 US 1953 Diese Version verkaufen
EPV 1046 Little Walter - Mississippi Blues Cover-Design Muddy Waters With Little Walter Muddy Waters With Little Walter - Mississippi Blues(7", EP) Vogue Records EPV 1046 UK 1955 Diese Version verkaufen
852 Little Walter - It's Too Late Brother / Take Me Back Cover-Design Little Walter It's Too Late Brother / Take Me Back (Single) Checker 852 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
845 Little Walter - Teenage Beat / Just A Feeling Cover-Design Little Walter Teenage Beat / Just A Feeling Checker 845 US 1956 Diese Version verkaufen
833 Little Walter - Who / It Ain't Right Cover-Design Little Walter Who / It Ain't Right Checker 833 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
867 Little Walter - Boom, Boom Out Goes The Lights / Temperature Cover-Design Little Walter Boom, Boom Out Goes The Lights / Temperature (Single) Checker 867 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
859 Little Walter - Nobody But You / Everybody Needs Somebody Cover-Design Little Walter & His Jukes / Little Walter Little Walter & His Jukes / Little Walter - Nobody But You / Everybody Needs Somebody (Single) Checker 859 US 1957 Diese Version verkaufen
890 Little Walter - The Tottle Cover-Design Little Walter The Tottle (Single) Checker 890 US 1958 Diese Version verkaufen
938 Little Walter - Me And Piney Brown Cover-Design Little Walter Me And Piney Brown (Single) Checker 938 US 1959 Diese Version verkaufen
930 Little Walter - Everything Gonna Be Alright / Back Track Cover-Design Little Walter Everything Gonna Be Alright / Back Track (Single) Checker 930 US 1959 Diese Version verkaufen
919 Little Walter - My Baby Is Sweeter / Crazy Mixed Up World Cover-Design Little Walter My Baby Is Sweeter / Crazy Mixed Up World (Single) Checker 919 US 1959 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HLM 9175 Little Walter - My Babe Cover-Design Little Walter My Babe (Single) Checker 45-HLM 9175 UK 1960 Diese Version verkaufen
945 Little Walter - Ah'w Baby / I Had My Fun Cover-Design Little Walter Ah'w Baby / I Had My Fun (Single) Checker 945 US 1960 Diese Version verkaufen
968 Little Walter - I Don't Play / As Long As I Have You Cover-Design Little Walter I Don't Play / As Long As I Have You (Single) Checker 968 US 1961 Diese Version verkaufen
CK-986 Little Walter - Crazy For My Baby / Crazy Legs Cover-Design Little Walter Crazy For My Baby / Crazy Legs (Single) Checker CK-986 US 1961 Diese Version verkaufen
1013 Little Walter - Just You Fool / I Got To Find My Baby Cover-Design Little Walter Just You Fool / I Got To Find My Baby Checker 1013 US 1962 Diese Version verkaufen
1043 Little Walter - Up The Line Cover-Design Little Walter Up The Line Checker 1043 US 1963 Diese Version verkaufen
1071 Little Walter - Shake Dancer / Diggin' My Potatoes Cover-Design Little Walter Shake Dancer / Diggin' My Potatoes Checker 1071 US 1964 Diese Version verkaufen

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itsamodthing

itsamodthing

30. Oktober 2016
Where is the listing for the original 1955 release of My Babe?
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d-of

26. April 2015
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Hail the King //:+)
As a fan of harmonica, blues, & music in general, Little Walter is a King.
His playing has never been truly equaled on the harmonica. A true innovator, not unlike Jimi Hendrix was on guitar..
His 2008 entry into the Rock'N''Roll hall of fame as a sideman should be as a bandleader also. With his first-take debut single, 1952's "Juke", the first and only harmonica solo single to be #1 on the Billboard R&B charts (#1 for 8 weeks!), he is deserving enough. Add to that Jacobs 14 top-ten Billboard R&B hits between '52 & '58 also included the #1 charting blues-standard "My Babe". Also, his early explorations in the 1940's with amplification, quite likely the first musician to purposely use distortion, add to his stature. It seems his earliest classic recordings with Muddy Waters somehow have overshadowed the full breadth of his recorded genius. This being said, perhaps the only thing having overlooking this genius may be the Hall-of-Fame agenda.

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