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T-BONE WALKER

(1910 - 1975)

(born May 28, 1910, Linden, Texas; died March 16, 1975, Los Angeles, California)

Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker was a creator of modern blues and a pioneer in the development of the electric guitar sound that shaped virtually all of popular music in the post-World War II period.  Equally important, Walker was the quintessential blues guitarist.  He influenced virtually every major post-World War II guitarist.

No one has been able to match Walker's incredible command of tone and dynamics, his intricate jazz-flavored chording, or his ability to sustain excitement, both in what he played and how he played it.

Walker was the master of the shuffle rhythm, and an incredibly effective soloist.  Few guitarist, blues, rock, or otherwise, have played with more self-assurance and more presence, or have exhibited more intimate understanding of how to elicit precisely phrased sounds from the instrument, than Walker.

Robert Santelli -- The Big Book of Blues : A Biographical Encyclopedia


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