The wartime electric blues of T-Bone Walker
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The author, Johnny Harper, claims T-Bone Walker’s 1942 LA sessions are the most important blues recordings ever made on the electric guitar. While a subjective and debatable point, Walker’s recordings are nevertheless classic examples of wartime electric blues in its purest modern form. T-Bone Walker classics such as, ‘Bobby Sox Blues’, in 1946 practically created an electric blues template that many British blues bands would follow some 20 years later. In 1947, Walker enjoyed probably his most famous hit, ‘Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad’); and through the 1940s and into the 1950s continued to release innovative electric blues records.
How come there is no info about Muddy Waters/Howlin' Wolf etc in any of your blogs?
Most blues fans are familiar with Muddy Waters and the second Chicago blues movement of the 1950s. I wanted to know about the blues that happened before then and how blues actually evolved. My book, How Blues Evolved, an illustrated history, will be out soon.