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Blues with a Feeling : The Little Walter Story - Tony Glover

Blues with a Feeling

The Little Walter Story

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"Blues with a Feeling" explores the life, times, and musical creations of a founder of the Chicago Blues style. Little Walter revolutionized blues harmonica playing, and is generally recognized as the greatest innovator in modern blues. Beginning in the early '50s as a sideman with the legendary Muddy Waters, Walter appeared on many of Muddy's classic recordings through the mid-'60s, even after striking out on his own. Walter had several hits, including the #1 R&B songs, "Juke" and "My Babe," and his distinctive, heavily distorted, amplified harmonica style has been influential on all following generations of players. But his life was fraught with tragedy; he died young at the age of just 37, after years of hard living. For years, Walter's life story-even the exact names of his parents and his date of birth-have been shrouded in mystery. Now a trio of blues researchers have unearthed new information about how Walter lived and created the music that made him famous. Blues With A Feeling is an important addition to the literature on this distinctive musical style, and a must-read for any fan of the blues.

"Maybe the best book I've ever read concerning music or any music personality.."-Blues Notes "Indispensable.."-The Times (London) "Noted blues scholars...paint a picture of Walter as a fiery, independent soul.."---Library Journal "Given his standing in the world of blues, it's amazing that it has taken so long for an in-depth book on Marion Walter Jacobs to appear, but be in no doubt that the wait has been well worth it. Reading like a novel, but one which even Walter Mosley might have struggled to plot with credibility, the story of the ultimately deeply-troubled genius progenitor of contemporary blues harmonica is unfolded in an enthralling manner by a triumvirate of authors notably well-qualified for the task."-Bill Moodie, "Juke Blues(UK)

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prefacep. ix
Night train: Louisiana 1920-43p. 1
Good evenin' everybody: New Orleans/Helena, Arkansas: 1943-44p. 13
Wonder harmonica king: St. Louis/Points South/Chicago: Summer 1943-46p. 23
I just keep loving her: Chicago/Points South and/or St. Louis/Chicago: c. 1946-48p. 37
Ebony boogie: Chicago/Helena/Mississippi/Chicago: September 1948-Fall 1951p. 51
"Juke" Chicago Blues Turns a Corner: Winter 1951-52p. 71
Diamonds and cadillac cars: Chicago/East and West Coasts/Southern States: January 1953-February 1954p. 91
You gonna miss me when i'm gone: Chicago/The South and East: February-Fall 1954p. 115
Roller coaster: Chicago/Alexandria, Louisiana/Boston/Chicago: Fall 1954-Fall 1955p. 133
I've had my fun: Chicago/The South/Chicago: December 1955-December 1957p. 155
Crazy mixed up world: Chicago and On the Road: January 1958-Autumn 1959p. 177
I ain't broke, i'm badly bent: Chicago: Fall 1959-February 1963p. 203
Back in the alley: Chicago/London/San Francisco/Boston: Winter 1963-Fall 1966p. 225
Mean old world: Chicago/Europe/UK/Chicago: Fall 1966-February 1968p. 251
Epilogue: 1968-Presentp. 275
Chronological recordingsp. 285
Sources and notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780415937108
ISBN-10: 9780415937115
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th June 2002
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.68