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T-Bone Walker

“T-Bone” Walker remains one of the most innovative and critically-acclaimed modern guitarists. He is often cited as the first true lead guitarist and his pioneering sound helped to not only create the electric blues long before B.B. King and Buddy Guy, but also changed the entire face of modern music.

Walker began performing as a child, officially debuted on Columbia Records in 1929 and first recorded his frequently-covered blues standard “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)” in 1947. Walker was also a consummate showman on stage, performing splits and playing the guitar with his teeth and behind his back. Chuck Berry once said “all the things people see me do on the stage I got from T-Bone Walker.”

Walker recorded prolifically in the 1940s and ’50s, remained a consistent live presence and even scored a Grammy in 1971 for his album Good Feelin’. Walker was posthumously inducted into the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, while also ranking at number 67 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists” list.

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