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Little Walter

Blues Musician. Born Marion Walter Jacobs, he is given credit for changing the sound of the blues by amplifying the harmonica to achieve the moaning, echoing hornlike sounds that are common in today's blues. He was also a proficient guitarist. He moved to Chicago in the early 1950s to become a session player for Chess Records, appearing on recordings of the labels top artist. This earned him an invitation to join the Muddy Waters band giving him the exposure needed to start his own recording career. Writing his own and covering other artist material, Walter recorded such blues classics as "Mean Old World", "Juke", "Blues With A Feeling", "Key To The Highway" and "Take A Look At Yourself." His reputation and influence were so widespread that a new generation of harmonica players have polished their skills listening to his records. Walter possessed a volcanic temper mixed with a fondness for drink that led to his untimely death from head injuries suffered in a Chicago street fight.

Bio by: Jim Adams





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  • Originally Created by: Jim Adams
  • Added: 25 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6125406
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Little Walter (1 May 1930–15 Feb 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6125406, citing Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .