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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Nothing But The Blue XXXV

Disc 35, and we finally come to 'The father of the Electric Guitar Blues'. We finally get to T-Bone Walker. See earlier postings Good Feelin' and Imperial, both reloaded.
T-bone his real name is Aaron Thibeaux Walker. The nickname T-Bone is just 'an easy way' to pronounce his name. He was born in 1910 in Texas. At an early age T-Bone was exposed to great guitar musicians. Leadbelly was a house friend of the family and T-Bone use to lead Blind Lemon Jefferson through the streets of Dallas during the early 20's. It is said that T-Bone was a gifted guitar player at the age of 12 (!). He also played banjo and accompanied Ida Cox in the late 20's. During the early 30 he toured with the legendary 'Cab Calloway Orchestra'. It took him until 1942 to form his first won band. During the late 40's T-Bone created, almost entirely by himself, the unique sound of what we now know as the West-Coast Blues. He stuck to this jazzy Blues sound until his death in 1975. At that time T-Bone was just as much appreciated as an innovator, a Blues musician as a Jazz musician. Leaving an enormous legacy influencing people like B.B. King, Albert Collins, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and many more.
Tracks 11 and 12 date from December 1929 (Dallas). I'm not sure these are the oldest T-Bone recordings, but these are at least the oldest T-Bone recordings I know. Track 10 date from June 1940 (New York). Tracks 1 and 5 are recorded in Hollywood in July 1942. Track 3 is from 1944 (LA). Tracks 2,4,6,7,8 and 9 are recorded in Chicago inn May 1945. Tracks 17,18,19 and 20 are also recorded in Chicago in December 1945. Finally tracks 13,14,15 and 16 date from September 1946 (LA).



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