Date of birth : 1910-03-28
Date of death : 1975-05-16
Birthplace : Linden, Texas,U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2012-01-12
Aaron Thibeaux Walker or T-Bone Walker or Oak Cliff T-Bone was an American blues guitarist, singer, pianist and songwriter who was one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar.
His electric guitar solos were among the first heard on modern blues recordings and helped set a standard that is still followed.
Walker was born in Linden, Texas of African and Cherokee descent. His parents, Rance Walker and Movelia Jimerson were both musicians.
Walker married Vida Lee in 1935 and had three children with her. He died March, 1975.
His distinctive sound developed in 1942 when Walker recorded “Mean Old World” for Capitol Records. Much of his output was recorded from 1946–1948 on Black & White Records, including 1947’s “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)”, with its famous opening line, “They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad”. He followed up with his “T-Bone Shuffle” and “Let Your Hair Down, Baby, Let’s Have a Natural Ball”. Both are considered blues classics. “Stormy Monday” was a favorite live number for The Allman Brothers Band.
Throughout his career Walker worked with the top quality musicians, including Teddy Buckner (trumpet), Lloyd Glenn (piano), Billy Hadnott (bass), and Jack McVea (tenor sax).
Following his work with Black & White, he recorded from 1950-54 for Imperial Records (backed by Dave Bartholomew). Walker’s only record in the next five years was T-Bone Blues, recorded over three widely separated sessions in 1955, 1956 and 1959, and finally released by Atlantic Records in 1960.
He died of bronchial pneumonia following another stroke in March 1975, at the age of 64.
-Publicity photo for T-Bone Walker in 1942
-Stormy Monday Blues (1947)
-I Get So Weary (1961)
-Great Blues Vocals and Guitar (1963)
-The Legendary T-Bone Walker (1967)
-Blue Rocks (1968)
-I Want a Little Girl (1968)
-The Truth (1968)
-Feelin' the Blues (1969)
-Funky Town (1969)
-Good Feelin' (1969)
-Everyday I Have the Blues (1970)
-Dirty Mistreater (1973)
-Fly Walker Airlines (1973)
-Well Done (1973)
View the full website biography of T-Bone Walker.