TBone+Walker+tbonestretchAaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker was born in Dallas, Texas on May 28, 1910 and died in Los Angeles, California on March 16, 1975. During his lifetime he saw blues develop from the Deep South acoustic style of the early 20s to the electrified rock’n’roll of the 50s and 60s. He was a protégé of Blind Lemon Jefferson and in 1929 made his first recording for Columbia Records in Jefferson’s Texas country blues style, a highly emotional and driving music that would later become electrified in the hands of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. T-Bone himself was one of the first to acquire Gibson’s new electric Spanish guitar shortly after it was introduced in 1936. With amplification his guitar could now compete on an equal footing with the piano, drums and horn section. Even more importantly, T-Bone grasped the soloing potential of the electric guitar as he learned to spin out jazzy, lyrical single-note lines on a par with horn players. In addition to being an excellent guitarist, T-Bone also had a beautiful singing voice which is featured on all of his recordings. During his career he worked with other such luminaries as Charlie Christian, Cab Calloway, Ma Rainey, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim and his records often topped the R & B charts.

Some examples of the Music of T-Bone Walker

Bye Bye Baby Imperial Records, 1954
Mean Old World Capitol Records, 1942
No Worry Blues Black and White Records, 1946
T-Bone Shuffle Black and White Records, 1947
Call It Stormy Monday Black and White Records, 1947
I Know Your Wig Is Gone Black and White Records, 1947
Evening Capitol Records, 1945
Low Down Dirty Shame Blues Capitol Records, 1944
Vida Lee Imperial Records, 1950
She Had To Let Me Down Black and White Records, 1947
T-Bone Blues Varsity Label, 1940
T-Bone Boogie Capitol Records, 1945