Tag Archive: Harp

Happy Birthday Little Walter







Wiki Bio


” Jacobs was born in Marksville, Louisiana and raised in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, where he first learned to play the harmonica. After quitting school by the age of 12, Jacobs left rural Louisiana and travelled around working odd jobs and busking on the streets of New Orleans, Memphis, Helena, Arkansas and St. Louis. He honed his musical skills on harmonica and guitar performing with much older bluesmen such as Sonny Boy Williamson IISunnyland SlimHoneyboy Edwards and others.”









” Arriving in Chicago in 1945, he occasionally found work as a guitarist but garnered more attention for his already highly developed harmonica work. According to fellow Chicago bluesman Floyd Jones, Little Walter’s first recording was an unreleased demo recorded soon after he arrived in Chicago on which Walter played guitar backing Jones. Jacobs reportedly grew frustrated with having his harmonica drowned out by electric guitarists, and 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. However, unlike other contemporary blues harp players such as Sonny Boy Williamson I and Snooky Pryor, who like many other harmonica players had also begun using the newly available amplifier technology around the same time solely for added volume, Little Walter 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.  Madison Deniro wrote a small biographical piece on Little Walter stating that “He was the first musician of any kind to purposely use electronic distortion.” 






Rock  Hall Of Fame


”  Little Walter made his way north to Chicago via stops in New Orleans and Monroe, Louisiana; St. Helena, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and St. Louis, Missouri, arriving in the Windy City in 1947. That same year, he made his first recordings for the local Ora Nelle label. Little Walter and Muddy Waters first appeared on a session together when both backed Jimmy Rogers in 1949. Waters backed Little Walter on a session for Parkway Records in January 1950. That August, Little Walter first backed Muddy for the Chess label, and in October, they recorded the Waters classic “Louisiana Blues.”









” Nearly a year after Little Walter’s initial appearance on a Muddy Waters session for Chess, he used an amplified harmonica for the first time on a groundbreaking July 1951 session that yielded “She Moves Me.” Waters was among the earliest to recognize that blues possessed a formidable power when electrified, and with Jimmy Rogers on electric guitar and Little Walter on amplified harp, he had the hottest blues band in Chicago. Little Walter split from Waters’ band after an instrumental showcase of his that was popular with crowds – “Your Cat Will Play,” retitled “Juke” when he recorded it – became a huge solo hit. A classic juke-joint instrumental, “Juke” topped the R&B chart for eight weeks in the fall of 1952.”









” In addition to harmonica, Little Walter played guitar, sang and wrote songs. He recruited a backing band from the Chicago club scene (whom he rechristened the Jukes, after his big song), and they recorded and toured throughout the Fifties. On his own, Little Walter charted 14 Top Ten R&B hits for the Chess label’s Checker subsidiary. One of these, “My Babe” – written by Willie Dixon and featuring the melody from the spiritual “This Train” – went to Number One. Other sizable hits from Little Walter included “Sad Hours,” “Mean Old World,” “Blues With a Feeling,” “You’re So Fine,” “Oh, Baby” and ‘Last Night.” At Leonard Chess’s behest, Little Walter continued recording with Muddy Waters, too, adding his unmistakable harmonica to such classics as “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Trouble No More.” “





Allmusic Bio


” By 1950, Walter was firmly entrenched as Waters‘ studio harpist at Chess as well (long after Walter had split the Muddy Waters band, Leonard Chess insisted on his participation on waxings — why split up an unbeatable combination?). That’s how Walter came to record his breakthrough 1952 R&B chart-topper “Juke” — the romping instrumental was laid down at the tail-end of a Waters session. Suddenly, Walter was a star on his own, combining his stunning talents with those of the Aces (guitarists Louis and David Myers and drummer Fred Below) and advancing the concept of blues harmonica another few light years with every session he made for Checker Records.”









” From 1952 to 1958, Walter notched 14 Top Ten R&B hits, including “Sad Hours,” “Mean Old World,” “Tell Me Mama,” “Off the Wall,” “Blues with a Feeling,” “You’re So Fine,” a threatening “You Better Watch Yourself,” the mournful “Last Night,” and a rocking “My Babe” that was Willie Dixon‘s secularized treatment of the traditional gospel lament “This Train.” Throughout his Checker tenure,Walter alternated spine-chilling instrumentals with gritty vocals (he’s always been underrated in that department; he wasn’t Muddy Waters or the Wolf, but who was?).”









” Walter utilized the chromatic harp in ways never before envisioned (check out his 1956 free-form instrumental “Teenage Beat,” with Robert Jr. Lockwood and Luther Tucker manning the guitars, for proof positive). 1959’s determined “Everything Gonna Be Alright” was Walter‘s last trip to the hit lists; Chicago blues had faded to a commercial non-entity by then unless your name was Jimmy Reed.

Tragically, the ’60s saw the harp genius slide steadily into an alcohol-hastened state of unreliability, his once-handsome face becoming a road map of scars. In 1964, he toured Great Britain with the Rolling Stones, who clearly had their priorities in order, but his once-prodigious skills were faltering badly. That sad fact was never more obvious than on 1967’s disastrous summit meeting of WatersBo Diddley, and  Walter for Chess as the Super Blues Band; there was nothing super whatsoever about Walter‘s lame remakes of “My Babe” and “You Don’t Love Me.”









” Walter‘s eternally vicious temper led to his violent undoing in 1968. He was involved in a street fight (apparently on the losing end, judging from the outcome) and died from the incident’s after-effects at age 37. His influence remains inescapable to this day — it’s unlikely that a blues harpist exists on the face of this earth who doesn’t worship Little Walter.”










Musicianguide Bio



” Though Little Walter’s studio performances of the late 1950s continued to produce first-rate material, his rough lifestyle began to take its toll. By the 1960s he bore facial scars from drunken altercations. As Muddy Waters told Paul Oliver during the 1960s in Conversation With the Blues, “He’s real tough, Little Walter, and he’s had it hard. Got a slug in his leg right now!” Walter’s street-hardened behavior resulted in his death, at his home, on February 15, 1968, from a blood clot sustained during a street fight. He was 37.”








” Upon his death, Little Walter left a recording career unparalleled in the history of postwar Chicago Blues. His musicianship has influenced nearly every modern blues harmonica player. In the liner notes to Confessin’ the Blues, Pete Welding wrote: “Honor Little Walter, who gave us so much and, who like most bluesmen, received so little.” But as a man who lived through his instrument, Walter knew no other source of reward than the mastery of his art and the freedom to create music of original expression.”









Little Waler

‎ (LP)

Marble Arch Records 1964  

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters – Super Blues ‎ ◄ (13 versions)

Checker 1967  

The Best Of Little Walter Vol. 2

‎ (2xVinyl)

Chess 1985  

Little Walter & Otis Rush – Live In Chicago ‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Cleo Records 1986  

Hate To See You Go

‎ (CD, Album)

Chess 1990  

Singles & EPs

It’s Too Late Brother / Take Me Back

‎ (7″)

Checker 1956  

Teenage Beat / Just A Feeling

‎ (7″)

Checker 1956  

Everything Gonna Be Alright / Back Track

‎ (7″)

Checker 1959  

My Babe

‎ (7″)

Checker 1960  

Ah’w Baby / I Had My Fun

‎ (7″, Single, Promo)

Checker 1960  

Crazy For My Baby / Crazy Legs

‎ (7″)

Checker 1961  

I Don’t Play / As Long As I Have You

‎ (7″)

Checker 1961  

Up The Line

‎ (7″)

Checker 1963  

My Babe / Thunderball

‎ (7″)

Checker 2013  

Crazy Mixed Up World / My Baby Is Sweater

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Checker Unknown  

Little Walter / Pigmeat Markham – My Babe / Here Comes The Judge ‎ (7″, RP)

Collectables Unknown  

Dale Hawkins / Little Walter – La Do Dada / Juke ‎ (7″, RP)

Collectables Unknown  


The Best Of Little Walter

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1957  

Chess Masters

‎ (2xLP, Comp)

Chess 1964  

Hate To See You Go

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Chess 1969  

Quarter To Twelve

‎ (LP, Comp)

Red Lightnin’ 1969  


‎ (LP, Comp)

Syndicate ChapterSyndicate Chapter 1971  

Muddy Waters – Little Walter – Howlin’ Wolf – We Three Kings ‎ (LP, Comp)

Syndicate Chapter 1971  

Boss Blues Harmonica

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Chess 1972  

Chess Blues Master Series

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Chess 1976  

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy WatersHowlin’ Wolf – Super Blues Session ‎ (2xLP, Comp, RE)

Bellaphon 1976  

Confessin’ The Blues

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Chess 1977  

The Best Of Little Walter

‎ (Cass, Comp, RE, Dol)

ChessMCA Records 1986  

The Little Walter Collection – 20 Blues Greats

‎ (LP, Comp)

Deja Vu 1987  

The Best Of Little Walter Volume Two

‎ (LP, Comp)

Chess 1989  

My Babe 20 Blues Classics

‎ (CD, Comp)

Blue City (2) 1989  

The Electric Harmonica Genius

‎ (LP, Comp)

Blues Encore 1990  

Blues With A Feeling

‎ (LP, Comp)

Roots (6) 1990  

Blues With A Feeling

‎ (CD, Comp)

Blues Encore 1990  

The World Of Little Walter / Juke

‎ (CD, Comp)

Trace (2) 1992  

Boss Blues Harmonica

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Orbis 1995  

Boss Blues Harmonica

‎ (CD, Comp)

DeAgostini (Netherlands) B.V. 1995  

Blues With A Feelin’

‎ (2xCD, Comp, RM)

Chess 1997  

His Best

‎ (CD, RM, Comp)

Chess 1997  

Blowing With A Feeling

‎ (CD, Comp, RM)

Saga 2005  

Little Walter

‎ (CD, Comp)









Little Walter Latest Albums | MTV

Essential | Little Walter Album | Yahoo! Music

Chess Blues Masters Series by Little Walter | MTV

Little Walter | Artistopia Music




Little Walter’s induction into the R&R Hall of Fame

Little Walter R&R Hall of Fame film

Blue Midnight: The Film Biography of Little Walter



iTunes – Music – Little Walter

Little Walter – Little_walter Vinyl Records, CDs and LPs

Free Music Online – Internet Radio – Jango

Little Walter on Spotify

Amazon.com: Little Walter











Sugar Blue Live On Sighisoara Blues Festival




Uploaded on Apr 4, 2008

” Sugar Blue live on Sighisoara Blues Festival 2008 “












Finale – Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson – Chicago Blues Festival 2014





Published on Jul 14, 2014

” Finale – Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson – Chicago Blues Festival – June 13, 2014.

  Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, Billy Flynn, Billy Branch, Omar Coleman, Marcella Detroit, Sambo Irby, and Corky Siegel – harp and vocals

Sam Lay and Harvey Mendel – vocals
Jim Schwall – guitar and vocals
Rollo Radford – bass and vocals
Johnny Iguana – piano
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith – drums “










Willie Dixon & The New Generation Of Chicago Blues 1977 – Germany




Published on Jul 20, 2014

” 01.Introduction by Host Willie Dixon
02.’My Baby Done Changed The Lock On The Door’ – Mervyn ‘Harmonica’ Hinds (vcl,hca) ,William ‘Bom-Bay’ Carter (g)
03.’Billy’s Blues’ – Billy Branch
04.’I’m A King Bee’ – Johnny B. Moore
05.’How Long’ – Freddie Dixon
06.Unid. Instrumental – Mervyn ‘Harmonica’ Hinds
07.’I Am The Blues’ – Willie Dixon
08.’All Your Love’ – Vernon Harrington
09.’Don’t Start Me To Talkin’ ‘ – Billy Branch
10.’All Because Of Your Love’ (truncated) – James Kinds
11.Unid Instrumental – Mervyn ‘Harmonica’ Hinds
12.’Somebody Loan Me A Dime’ – Dead-Eye Norris
13.’I’m Ready’ – Lurrie Bell
14.’Going Back To Iuka’ – Johnny B. Moore
15.’Hoodoo Doctor’ – Freddie Dixon
16.’Berlin Wall’ – All Performers Grand Finale
17.’Got My Mojo Working’ – All Performers Grand Finale

Lurrie Bell,
Johnny B. Moore,
Freddie Dixon,
Harmonica Hinds,
Billy Branch
and Vernon Harrington.

Berliner Jazztage – Philharmonie Hall – Sunday 6 November 1977 “












Blues On The Beach – Sugar Ray Norcia & The  Bluetones

Westerly, RI







Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011

” Sugar Ray Norcia and the Bluetones Big Band
August 10, 2011
Blues on the Beach, Westerly, RI
The WHOLE SHOW is here!

Ray Norcia – Vocals, HarpMonica
Anthony Geraci – Piano
Neil Gouvin – Drums
Mudcat Ward – Bass
Monster Mike Welch – Guitar
Carl Querfurth – Trombone
Barry Fleischer – Tenor/Baritone Saxophones
John Abrahamsen – Trumpet


Produced by John Abrahamsen


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Sent For You Yesterday
Say You Love Me, Before We Hang Up
That will never do
I’m Not Ashamed
I Put My Baby Out
You Know My Lover WIll Never Die
Blues on the Beach “HarpMonica” Special!
Geraci’s Boogie Woogie


Further On Up The Road
Hipshake Baby
You Give Me Nothing But The Blues
That’s my Fool
I Want A Little Girl
Some Day, Some Way
Hoodoo Man
Lonely Nights
“Soupy” Kidney Stew

Mark Sullivan – emcee

Westerly, MA

Sponsored by

Weichert Realty

Washington Trust

Donate to The Neda Fund


Neda Suzanne Sullivan

  Neda Suzanne Sullivan of 14 Cove Road, Westerly, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 21, 2011. Born in San Francisco, on Oct. 19, 2004, she was 6 years old.

  A beautiful and preternaturally delightful child, Neda was a happy, energetic little girl with a playful sparkle in her eye, a mischievous crooked smile and a gentle warmth and tenderness that melted the hearts of everyone with whom she came in contact.

  She was much beloved throughout the community and within the Westerly School system, particularly in the special education department and at the Bradford School, where she was something of a celebrity.
She is survived by her parents, Mark Sullivan Jr. and Stanislava Sullivan, of Westerly; her big brother/hero, Joseph; her grandparents, Mark and Suzanne Sullivan Sr., of Westerly, and Gancho and Nedka Ganev, of Gabrovo, Bulgaria; her aunts and uncles, Dave and Maura Sullivan of Rocky Hill, Conn., Leeann and Michael Keady of Medfield, Mass., and Hristo and Aneta Ganev of Berlin, Germany; her cousins, MJ, Mary, Mathew, Mack, Kate, Callie and Marie; and a multitude of children, thoughtful families and dedicated caregivers throughout southern New England and all over the world.

  Neda’s family will host a waking and memorial service in her memory from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, followed by a family-friendly reception, to which Neda’s little friends are cordially invited, at St. Clare Community Center, on Crandall Avenue in Misquamicut.

   In lieu of flowers, please donate to the “Neda Fund” at 224 Post Road, #181, Westerly, RI, 02891.
Proceeds will be used to help defray the costs of Neda’s final arrangements, and to establish a foundation in her name to assist families of children with developmental disorders like those with which Neda struggled so valiantly to the end. “













Rollin’ & Tumblin’





Daily Video 7.15.14

Canned Heat – On The Road Again (feat. Alan Wilson)





Uploaded on Dec 4, 2007

” Rare video of Canned Heat playing live their song “On The Road Again”. This was in early 1970 of their European tour. The blind owl plays a wonderful harp part.”




Daily Video 7.7.14

Hound Dog Taylor & Little Walter – Wild About You Baby




Uploaded on Nov 18, 2007

” Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers featuring Little Walter on harmonica. This was back in 1967. 

My account was deleted a while ago so I re-uploaded this one again. I thought it was kind a shame this one was deleted of youtube because we had some very nice discussions going, with even people like Billy Branch commenting! “












Remembering Little Walter feat. Sugar Ray Norcia – “Up The Line”





Published on Nov 18, 2013

” Sugar Ray Norcia performing “Up The Line” (with a sterling guitar solo by Little Charlie Baty) in a tribute to Little Walter Jacobs. Sugar Ray is joined in concert that evening by fellow harpists Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Billy Boy Arnold, and James Harman on the “Remembering Little Walter” CD, released on Blind Pig Records. Available on iTunes at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rem… “

What’s To Say ?

Published on Jul 6, 2013

” Live performance of “Smokestack Lightning” from Howlin Wolf at the American Folk Blues Festival in the 60s.

All copyrights by Reelin in The Years Productions LLC & Experience Hendrix LLC

If you like it you can buy also the whole DVD here

http://www.bluebeatmusic.com/product_… “










Paul Butterfield – To Tell The Truth TV Show


Life is Like That – Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, and Sonny Boy Williamson

” Life is Like That – Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, and Sonny Boy Williamson off The Alan Lomax Collection:

Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook, Released 09/30/2003 

Celebrate “The Year of The Blues” with Alan Lomax’s Blues Songbook! 2 CD Set!”

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats @ Moulin Blues Ospel 2010 “Don’t Do It”

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Driftin’ Blues (Monterey 1967)

James Cotton – Slow Blues


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