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T-Bone Walker

Who's the father of the electric blues? Very simple: T-Bone Walker. Of course, a handful of blues-based guitarists had already experimented with amplifying their instruments before T-Bone's appearance, but he wrote the vocabulary that everyone who followed him eagerly adopted. In short, T-Bone was the source. The elegant Mean Old World, recorded in Hollywood on July 20, 1942 with pianist Freddie Slack, bassist Jud DeNaut and drummer Dave Coleman as accompanists, was the real starting point for Walker, even though he had made his first record years earlier.

Born on 28 May 1910 in Linden, Texas, Aaron Thibeaux (T-Bone was a corruption of his middle name) Walker learned the blues from his mother, who played the guitar, and a stepfather who plucked the bass in the Dallas String Band. The famous blind Lemon Jefferson was another major influence - as a teenager Walker led him through Dallas, where Jefferson performed as a street musician. Before concentrating on his guitar playing, Walker acquired extraordinary agility as a professional dancer.

Walker made his first recordings at the end of 1929, a 78 for Columbia under the name Oak Cliff T-Bone (Oak Cliff was the district of Dallas where he grew up). At that time, of course, Walker only played acoustic guitar, even when he performed as a duo with another future pioneer of the electric guitar, Charlie Christian. T-Bone moved out to Los Angeles in the mid-1930s, where he continued to dance and concentrate on his full baritone singing - he was only a singer on his next record appearance with bandleader Les Hite in 1940.

Initially inspired by Les Paul, T-Bone began to try out the newly launched electric guitar models at that time. He decided on a Gibson ES-250 and soon developed the unusual technique of holding his guitar flat in front of him like a plate while he pecked grandiose melody single-tone lines and wonderful, voluminous niche chords. Walker's brilliant innovations prepared the field for most of the following, influential guitarists of post-war blues, from Gatemouth Brown and B.B. King to Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. His acrobatic shows also impressed his fans.

"Man, he did the splits while he was playing the guitar behind his head," Collins raved. "It was incredible!"

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

 

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The Truth (LP, 180g Vinyl) T-Bone Walker: The Truth (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPBL754126

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(Brunswick) 11 tracks - Re-issue on 180g Vinyl of the original 1968 'Brunswick' LP album. Produced by Huey Meaux
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The Best Of The Talkin' Guitar - Blues Forever (CD) T-Bone Walker: The Best Of The Talkin' Guitar - Blues Forever... Art-Nr.: CD68009

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(2017/Promo Sound) 18 tracks
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Classics In Jazz (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) T-Bone Walker: Classics In Jazz (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11010

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder - no terms and conditions for dealers! 10inch LP (limited edition - colored vinyl) t-bone walker  , What DiMaggio was to...
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I Get So Weary + Singing The Blues (CD) T-Bone Walker: I Get So Weary + Singing The Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSJ874

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(2016/Soul Jam) 28 tracks.
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Complete Imperial Records (2-CD) T-Bone Walker: Complete Imperial Records (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD967372

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(1950-54) (2:19:06/52)
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T-Bone Blues (LP 180g Vinyl) T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues (LP 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP6785443

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(2016/Vinyl Livers) 13 tracks. The original album from 1960 plus 2 bonus tracks.
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The Great Blues Vocals & Guitar (CD) T-Bone Walker: The Great Blues Vocals & Guitar (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSJ875

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(2016/Soul Jam) 28 tracks. The legendary T-Bone Walker is playing a fundamental source of modern urban style blues and singing. His single-string solos influenced musicians such as BB King and so important blues rockers like Eric Clapton...
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I Get So Weary (LP Vinyl 180g, Ltdl) T-Bone Walker: I Get So Weary (LP Vinyl 180g, Ltdl) Art-Nr.: LP772126

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(2016/Waxtime) 16 tracks. His Imperial LP from 1961, recorded from 1951 to 1953 plus 4 bonus tracks.
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The Great Blues Vocals And Guitar Of T-Bone Walker (CD) T-Bone Walker: The Great Blues Vocals And Guitar Of T-Bone... Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6380

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(1990/EMI Japan) 14 tracks, recorded 1942-47
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Jukebox Hits (CD) T-Bone Walker: Jukebox Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDACM4213

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(2006/Acrobat) 20 tracks
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I Want A Little Girl (CD) T-Bone Walker: I Want A Little Girl (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDD633

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-I Want A Little Girl (1968 'Black & Blue') (39:37/08) T-Bone Walker is indisputably one of the most influential figures in modern blues, as well as a long-respected musician in the jazz world. Listen to B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Pee Wee...
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Stormy Monday Blues (CD) T-Bone Walker: Stormy Monday Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD425

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Excellent sound quality, original 'BluesWay' recordings, mastered from the original session tapes. T-BONE WALKER - gtr/voc, LLOYD GLENN - pno, MEL BROWN - gtr, RON BROWN - bass, PAUL HUMPHREY - drums, plus 5 horns.
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Get The Blues Off Me (2-CD) T-Bone Walker: Get The Blues Off Me (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3051

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(2015 / Jasmine) 52 tracks, original Imperial and Capitol recordings, 1950-55. The CD contains the complete T-Bone Walker 45rpm and 78rpm singles A and B sides recorded 1950-55 . Best of Texas B lues!
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T-Bone Blues 1949-1954 (4-CD) T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues 1949-1954 (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRGM158

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(2015/Real Gone) 97 tracks.
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Ultimate Collection T-Bone Walker: Ultimate Collection Art-Nr.: CDACF7503

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(2014/Acrobat) 129 tracks, 5-CD-set. One of the most important pioneeers of the electric blues sound. Comprehensive overview of the decades of his recording career. 1929 - 1957.
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Every Day I Have The Blues (CD) T-Bone Walker: Every Day I Have The Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHM1396

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(ACE Records) 9 Tracks (39:50) - When producer Bob Thiele launched Flying Dutchman Records in 1969, he also introduced two other imprints to give his new company depth and breadth: Amsterdam for pop material and Bluestime to concentrate...
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Stormy Monday Blues (LP) T-Bone Walker: Stormy Monday Blues (LP) Art-Nr.: LPWS1002

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1967 'Wet Soul', 12 tracks - Reissue
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Call It Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker: Call It Stormy Monday Art-Nr.: LPCLP0273

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​(2013/GOLDENLANE) 12 tracks - Special release of his recordings from the late 40s and early 50s - a must have!
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Reason T-Bone Walker: Reason Art-Nr.: REP23041

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Single (7 Inch) on REPRO RECORDS by T-Bone Walker - Reason
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T-Bone Blues T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues Art-Nr.: LPFRI218020

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(1955-57 'Atlantic') Friday Music
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Doin' It Bone's Way T-Bone Walker & Friends: Doin' It Bone's Way Art-Nr.: CDBFY47030

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A 1966 Walker session, plus more obscure stuff in mostly lousy quality.
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Sings The Blues - 180gram vinyl T-Bone Walker: Sings The Blues - 180gram vinyl Art-Nr.: LP9098

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1950/51 'Imperial') Pure Pleasure Neuauflage / Re-issue.
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The Chronological Vol.5 WALKER, T-Bone: The Chronological Vol.5 Art-Nr.: CDCLASS5152

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(1952-54 'Imperial') (51:54/20)
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Classics Of Modern Blues T-Bone Walker: Classics Of Modern Blues Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD543

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(1950-53 'Imperial') (76:59/28) Neuauflage der 1975 von PeteWelding zusammengestellten, gleichnamigen 2-LP. Gute Qualität / Re-issue of the 2-LP set that Pete Welding compiled in 1975. Good quality with original liner notes.
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The Chronological Vol.2 (CD) WALKER, T-Bone: The Chronological Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCLASS5033

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(1947) (70:07/24)
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Feelin' The Blues T-Bone Walker: Feelin' The Blues Art-Nr.: CDBB432

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(1968/69 'Black & Blue') (58:18/13) 'Blues Reference'-Series - Neuauflage der französischen Aufnahmen, kommt im Digi-Pack / re-issue of the famous French sessions - comes with digi pack.
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T-Bone Blues T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues Art-Nr.: CD80202

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I guess these are T-Bone's best sessions. Comes along with four bonus tracks. He was at the top when these sides were recorded, evidence for his immortal reputation as one of the most influential guitar players of all times.
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Funky Town T-Bone Walker: Funky Town Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD116

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(1968 'BluesWay') (31:39/09). Beautiful '68 recording session; nice laid-back guitar playing - just too short ..
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The Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Blues T-Bone Walker: The Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Blues Art-Nr.: BB304

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-Inventor Of The Electric (1929!!-53) Blues Boy
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The Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Blues T-Bone Walker: The Inventor Of The Electric Guitar Blues Art-Nr.: CDRBD304

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​(1986/Mr.R&B) 17 tracks, anthology from his earliest recordings 1929 until 1953. A retrospective. The booklet contains session details. Rare Swedish CD!
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