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Little Walter

Updated on December 11, 2012

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.

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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

Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story
Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story

The only Little Walter biography available.

Sourcebook of Little Walter/Big Walter Licks for Blues Harmonica
Sourcebook of Little Walter/Big Walter Licks for Blues Harmonica

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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Doesn't that feel good?

Share your Little Walter stories, memories, inspirations or thoughts...

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice introduction to Little Walter. Never heard of him before today but from what I've heard he deserved that induction to the Hall of Fame.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      reminds me of the Chess records movie, nice lens

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      RocklawnArts 6 years ago

      I used to play him on my radio show in college. :)

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      Jason Sositko 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, He was the best in my opinion.

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      damnthatsfunny 8 years ago

      Little Walter also played some good guitar in some recordings with Muddy Waters.

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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I wasn't familiar with him, thanks for introducing me to his music!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just very small clip of Little Walter singing My Babe. I was amazed. I just learned about him from Cadillac Records and I have been researching him ever since.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      cool sight lots of great info I just started playing harp but have allways liked little walter and all blues.Back in my younger days I used to go to allot of concerts,back in the 60' I am 60 so now i just listen and try to copy what I hear keeps me busy Well ASTA LATER p8nmanny

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      OldGrampa 9 years ago

      Great lens, lots of interesting info! 5 stars. Welcome to the Blues Music group!