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T-Bone Walker

“Woman You Must Be Crazy” and “Goin to Chicago Blues”

Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker is one of the most influential guitarists in American blues. In his later years he would often play with a large backing brass band to give his work a full and complex sound.

T-Bone grew up eating dinner with Blind Lemon Jefferson and was mentored by Charlie Christian–not a bad way to learn the guitar. He dropped out of school at 10 and by 15 he was a professional guitar player for Columbia Records, and the rest is history.

T-Bone walker was extremely successful and influential in music. Jimi Hendrix imitated him when he played the guitar with his teeth, Chuck Berry cited him as his main inspiration, B.B. King decided to pick up the electric guitar after hearing T-Bone’s “Stormy Monday,” and the Allman Brothers played that song on numerous occasions in their live shows. T-Bone Walker was a true blues legend, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.

As a closing point, will you make sure and look at the 3:09 point in the video and watch Clark Terry play his mouthpiece in his hands? Fantastic.