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Blues with a Feeling

The Little Walter Story

By Tony Glover, Scott Dirks, Ward Gaines

© 2002 – Routledge (Trade Paperback (DRM-Free))

344 pages | 50 Color Illus.

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Whenever you hear the prevalent wailing blues harmonica in commercials, film soundtracks or at a blues club, you are experiencing the legacy of the master harmonica player, Little Walter. Immensely popular in his lifetime, Little Walter had fourteen Top 10 hits on the R&B charts, and he was also the first Chicago blues musician to play at the Apollo. Ray Charles and B.B. King, great blues artists in their own right, were honored to sit in with his band. However, at the age of 37, he lay in a pauper's grave in Chicago. This book will tell the story of a man whose music, life and struggles continue to resonate to this day.


"Maybe the best book I've ever read concerning music or any music personality." -- Blues Notes

"Indispensable." -- The Times (London)

"Noted blues scholars…paint a picture of Walter as a fiery, independent soul." -- --Library Journal

"The story of this ultimately deeply-troubled genius progenitor of contemporary blues harmonica is unfolded in an enthralling manner by a triumverate of authors notably well-qualified for the task." -- Juke Blues

"This is undoubtably the book that Walter's status merits and is recommended unreservedly." -- Juke Blues

"Given his standing in the world of blues, it's amazing that it has taken so long for an in-depth book on Marion Walter Jacobs to appear, but be in no doubt that the wait has been well worth it. Reading like a novel, but one which even Walter Mosley might have struggled to plot with credibility, the story of the ultimately deeply-troubled genius progenitor of contemporary blues harmonica is unfolded in an enthralling manner by a triumvirate of authors notably well-qualified for the task." -- Bill Moodie, Juke Blues (UK)

About the Authors

Tony Glover has been a professional musician/writer since 1962. He is the author of a best-selling guide to playing the blues harmonica, in continuous print for over 4 decades. He has performed in a legendary blues trio with "Spider" John Koerner and Dave Ray off and on since the 1960s. He lives in St. Paul, MN. Ward Gaines is a graphic designer, art restorer and professional musician, and is a noted writer and researcher on the blues. He lives in Washington, DC. Scott Dirks has written for blues magazines, hosted blues radio, produced blues recordings, and performed in blues bands over the last 20 years. He lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
MUSIC / General