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Aaron Thibeaux Walker or T-Bone Walker or Oak Cliff T-Bone (May 26, 1910 — March 15, 1975) was an American blues guitarist, singer, pianist and songwriter who was one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar. His electric guitar solos were among the first heard on modern blues recordings and helped set a standard that is still followed.
Walker married Vida Lee in 1935 and had three children with her. He
died of pneumonia March 16, 1975.
Throughout his career Walker worked with the top quality musicians, including Teddy Buckner (trumpet), Lloyd Glenn (piano), Billy Hadnott (bass), and Jack McVea (tenor sax).
Following his work with Black & White, he recorded from 1950-54 for Imperial Records (backed by Dave Bartholomew). Walker's only record in the next five years was T-Bone Blues, recorded over three widely separated sessions in 1955, 1956 and 1959, and finally released by Atlantic Records in 1960.
By the early 1960s, Walker's career had slowed down, in spite of a
hyped appearance at the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 with
Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, among others. A few critically acclaimed
albums followed, such as I Want a Little Girl. Walker recorded in his
last years, 1968 - 1975, for Robin Hemingway's Jitney Jane Songs music
publishing company, and he won a Grammy Award in 1971 for Good Feelin' (Polydor),
produced by Robin Hemingway. "Fly Walker Airlines", Polydor, also
produced by Hemingway, was released in 1973.
Walker was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.