Sunday, September 20, 2009
Watched "Cadillac Records" on Friday night, a good movie but not that truthful.
And they basically made Little Walter appear like the Kanye of the day (as a jackass). I'm sure there was very little truth in the way he was portrayed.
Here's one of the rare clips of Little Walter, with Hound Dog Taylor sometime in the mid sixties.
And while there is no live performance video, here he is with his greatest hit.
Wikipedia says: Little Walter is the stage name of Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), a blues singer, harmonica player, and guitarist.
Jacobs is generally included among blues music greats—his revolutionary harmonica technique has earned comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix for its innovation and impact on succeeding generations of harmonica players. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. Little Walter's body of work earned him a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sideman category on March 10, 2008, making him the only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.