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Little Walter Caricature, illustrated here in Chicago in 1962, age 32.
Marion Walter Jacobs known as Little Walter, was an American blues musician, singer, and songwriter, whose revolutionary approach to the harmonica and impact on succeeding generations has earned him comparisons to such seminal artists as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners’ expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica.
He was raised in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, where he learned to play the harmonica. He quit school and by the age of 12 had left rural Louisiana working odd jobs and busking on the streets of New Orleans, Memphis, Helena and West Helena, Arkansas, and St. Louis. He honed his musical skills on harmonica and guitar, performing with older bluesmen including Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sunnyland Slim, Honeyboy Edwards, and others.
Little Walter, reportedly frustrated with having his harmonica drowned out by electric guitars, adopted a simple but previously little-used method: He cupped a small microphone in his hands along with his harmonica and plugged the microphone into a public address system or guitar amplifier. He could thus compete with any guitarist’s volume.
He purposely pushed his amplifiers beyond their intended technical limitations, using the amplification to explore and develop radical new timbres and sonic effects previously unheard from a harmonica or any other instrument and was “the first musician of any kind to purposely use electronic distortion.”
Little Walter joined Muddy Waters’s band in 1948, and by 1950 he was playing acoustic (unamplified) harmonica on Waters’s recordings for Chess Records.
On May 12, 1952 he recorded his first hit “Juke” and is still the only harmonica instrumental ever to be a number one hit on the Billboard R&B Chart.
He had fourteen top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts between 1952 and 1958.
Little Walter also played and recorded with Jimmy Rogers, Memphis Minnie, Bo Diddley, Shel Silverstein and Otis Rush.
He suffered from alcoholism and had a notoriously short temper, which in late 1950s led to violent altercations, minor scrapes with the law, and increasingly irresponsible behavior.
On February 15, 1968 Little Walter died in his sleep at the apartment of a girlfriend, at 209 East 54th Street in Chicago; death caused by coronary thrombosis.
He was 37.
He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, the first and, to date, only artist to be inducted specifically as a harmonica player.
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