Delta Blues Museum Artist Spotlight: Little Walter
Left to Right: Muddy
Waters, Little Walter, and Bo Diddley
In time for his May 1st birthday and continuing our
celebration of what would have been John Lee Hooker's centennial
year, the Delta Blues Museum pays tribute to Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame harmonica legend
Born in Louisiana, Walter began busking the streets of the
Mississippi Delta at the age of 12, finding his own unique style
and sound while playing with the likes of Honeyboy
Edwards and other older blues musicians. He arrived in Chicago
in 1945 and electrified his sound, which landed him a place
in Muddy Waters' band and on the Chess Records roster.
He later created his own band, The
Aces, and worked with Junior Wells. His European tours took
his sound around the world, and his influence lives on today
in artists like Charlie Musselwhite and Kim
Wilson, among others. When asked which harp player he liked
most, John Lee Hooker said, "Little Walter. I like his style.
He brought harp up to date. He could make it sound like a saxophone
or do anything he wanted to do with it. Everybody tryin' to
be like Little Walter."
Learn more about the lives and music of Blues legends like
John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and more at the Delta Blues Museum
in Clarksdale, Mississippi - the Land Where Blues Began.