Willie Walker

Blind Willie Walker (April 1896 – March 4, 1933) was an early American blues guitarist and singer, who played the Piedmont blues style. He was described by blues musicians such as Reverend Gary Davis and Pink Anderson as an outstanding guitarist. Josh White called him the best guitarist he had ever heard, even better than Blind Blake: "Blake was quick, but Walker was like Art Tatum." In his performances, he was often accompanied by guitarist Sam Brooks.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1896 (South Carolina), Died March 4th, 1933 (Greenville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar

Notes: Sometimes billed as Blind Willie Walker.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W151063 10-in. 12/6/1930 Dupree blues Willie Walker Male vocal solo and male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151064 10-in. 12/6/1930 Rider blues Willie Walker Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151065 10-in. 12/6/1930 South Carolina rag Willie Walker Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W151066 10-in. 12/6/1930 Da da da Willie Walker Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Walker, Willie," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106338.

Walker, Willie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106338.

"Walker, Willie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106338

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