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A Blues Legend
In any conversation about blues harp music or playing the harmonica, one name is sure to come up as the musician all others are compared to...Little Walter.
During his short life, this blues legend revolutionized how the harmonica is played and impacted the sound of blues forever.
Little Walter died at the age of 37 from injuries he sustained in a Chicago street fight. He was inducted to the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
Three reasons to listen to Little Walter
1. He pioneered the amplified harp sound.
2. Most modern blues harp players cite him as an inspiration.
3. Great music...blues with a feeling.
Little Walter Albums
A sampling of the best Little Walter collections...
Little Walter Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Film
Little Walter was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Here's video of his induction including a short film followed by a performance of Little Walter's "My Babe" by Ben Harper and James Cotton.
More Little Walter Info
- Little Walter Biography Site
Official site by the authors of "Blues With A Feeling - The Little Walter Story". Lots of great info and pics here that I haven't seen anywhere else.
- Masters of Blues Harp
Short bio of Little Walter.
- Blues Online
A discography of Little Walter tunes along with a brief bio.
- Little Walter Harp Tabs
This site has free tabs for a few of Little Walter's tunes.
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Videos of Little Walter
There is very little video footage of Little Walter. Here are some vintage clips of him performing with Hound Dog Taylor and Koko Taylor.
Books on Little Walter
The only Little Walter biography available.
Includes tabs for many of Little Walter's best riffs and a CD of the author playing them.
The sincerest form of flattery... - Other bands performing Little Walter tunes
Many bands and harp players perform Little Walter tunes. Check out a few favorites from YouTube...
Blues With A Feeling...
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